Last year, Samsung Galaxy Note 7 was unveiled on August 2 and if Sammy is to stick to this date, it means we are left with just a few weeks before the Galaxy Note 8 comes to life.
As you all know, the Galaxy Note 7 turned out to be a disaster its early promises, with the main issue being the battery that ultimately led to the phone’s discontinuation. Samsung is working on a refurbished Note 7 that is to be unveiled this month or early next month, but this hasn’t come in the way of the Galaxy Note 8 in any way.
Given what happened to the 2016 edition of the Note series, it will be interesting to see what the tech giant has in plans with respect to the 2017 Galaxy Note 8. But since the company has not said a thing regarding these plans, all we have now are rumors, leaks and speculations. In this article, we bring you all the details we know so far about this Note 8 phablet in one place, but any of them can change by the time the phone is here for obvious reasons – they are based on unconfirmed reports.
Design and display
If you’ve seen the Galaxy S8, well, the Galaxy Note 8 will just be a stretched S8. Of course, Sammy will definitely throw in a few tweaks to make the phone unique, among them a redesigned rear panel that features a dual-lens camera and a better-placed fingerprint scanner (no in-display fingerprint scanner just yet). As for the front panel, expect nothing different from what you already know about the S8, however, the Galaxy Note 8 could feature a bigger display screen.
Speaking of the display screen, the Note 8 will reportedly come with a 6.3-inch (or 6.4-inch) QHD+ panel with the same curved design as the S8 as well as 18.5:9 aspect ratio. Compared to the Note 7, this is a massive upgrade in screen size and quality, just like the Galaxy S8 versus the S7.
Hardware specs and camera
Last year, the Galaxy Note 7 shipped with the same hardware specs as the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. While the same is also likely this year, recent rumors have claimed that the Galaxy Note 8 could debut with a newer and slightly enhanced processor in the shape of Snapdragon 836 as opposed to the 835 used on the S8 and S8+.
The Snapdragon 836 SoC has not been announced, which casts further doubt to this rumor. However, we saw Qualcomm come in with a follow-up Snapdragon 821 SoC after releasing the Snapdragon 820 in 2016 and as such, it’s possible this could also be the case this year. As usual, the European variant of the Note 8 will feature an Exynos processor, possibly the same 8895 version used in the S8 and S8+.
There are reports that the Galaxy Note 8 will go for a massive 6GB RAM, but even if this happens, expect the phone to also come with an entry-level 4GB RAM variant, just like the Galaxy S8+. The base storage should be retained at 64GB with support for microSD card expansion. As usual, the Note 8 will come with an S Pen, IP68 dust and water resistance as well as an iris scanner to support the fingerprint sensor in authentication. Since the S8 pair also features a facial recognition feature, expect the same to happen with the Note 8.
In terms of cameras, we expect to see a dual-lens setup on the back, but the exact details of the lenses to be used remain unclear. Still, some sections are adamant that the 12MP lens used on the S8 and S8+ will be retained and another 13MP lens introduced. This second shooter will be a telephoto lens with support for up to 3x optical zoom. As for the front panel, the same 8MP sensor used on the S8 pair will be retained.
The battery capacity of the phone is said to be around 3500mAh, same as the one used in the S8+ and as usual, fast charging technology via USB-C port will be supported. You can also expect to meet the traditional 3.5mm audio jack despite the fact that many OEMs are ditching the feature in favor of a universal USB-C port. Software-wise, Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will be powered by Android 7.1.1 Nougat out of the box. Also, Samsung’s new Bixby assistant will be on board and similar to the S8, a dedicated button will be there to launch it.
Release date and price
If Samsung sticks to its previous dates, the Galaxy Note 8 will be here in August. Some rumors have pointed towards a mid-August launch date and others are in favor of an end of August launch date, with the phone’s availability beginning in early September.
Still, a recent report by Samsung-centric website SamMobile claims that the Galaxy Note 8 could be unveiled at the IFA 2017 event that will be held in Berlin in early September. As you can see, there’s still no confirmation in regards to the release date of the phone and as such, brace yourself for anything. The story is the same when it comes to price, but looking at how Sammy valued the Note 7 and the 2017 S8 pair, don’t expect anything below $850, but it’s possible that it’ll be valued at a whopping $900 or even more.