Samsung Galaxy Note 8 smartphone offers a few things that should please longtime fans of the company’s Note phones: high-performing cameras; a big, beautiful display; and a sensitive, versatile stylus.
The Note 8, which starts at $930, is the most recent in Samsung’s line of extra-large phones known as “phablets.” Its 6.3-inch screen is one of the biggest you can buy. Combine that screen acreage with the included stylus and you have a phone that feels like an actual notepad, ready for quick handwritten notes or just doodling.
The Note 8’s dual-lens camera marks a first for Samsung, but similar cameras have appeared before, including the iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone 8 Plus, and a handful of high-end Android phones such as the LG G6 and V20.
There are really two cameras—one has a wide-angle lens, and the other has a 2x optical zoom lens. The cameras take wide-angle and close-up shots at the same time, then do some software magic to produce a bokeh effect, in which the subject is in sharp focus while the background is blurred. It’s a classic technique of portrait photography.
The camera also features optical image stabilization, an improvement over the digital image stabilization used in most phones, which compensates for camera shake.
To evaluate smartphone cameras, testers take pictures outside on a sunny day and in a lab with bright and low light. The resulting images are evaluated both on a high-quality, 24-inch display and on color laser printouts.
Overall, the Note8’s main and front-facing, or selfie, cameras rank among the best you can find in any smartphone.
Inside that big package is a big battery—though it’s slightly smaller than the one in the Samsung Galaxy S8+—one that provides the phone with 24.5 hours.
The Note 8’s battery is slightly smaller than the ill-fated Note7 battery, and it’s also slightly smaller than the one in the S8+. But what really matters isn’t a battery’s size, but how long it keeps a smartphone running. The Note 8’s battery clocked in at 24.5 hour. That’s just below the 26 hours that both Galaxy S8 phones lasted, but the Note 8 still has one of the top battery-test results.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is a device for people who like big phones. It’s not something you can shove in the front pocket of your jeans—well, unless you have a really big pocket—and it’s taller and heavier than most phones on the market.
But, in exchange, you get a screen that’s a better fit for watching videos, reading long documents, or making notes with the stylus.
About the stylus: The testers give the thumbs-up to its handwriting-recognition ability. And the tool can also be used for useful tasks such as translating text from one language to another.
The Note 8’s 6.3-inch screen is just a hair bigger than what you’ll find on the S8+ and quite a bit larger than the screen of most other big phones on the market, including the 5.5-inch iPhone 8 Plus. It’s even bigger than the one on the upcoming iPhone X.
Like the S8 and S8+, the Note 8 has an aspect ratio of 18.5:9, rather than the wider 16:9 that’s typical of smartphones. That makes the phone tall and skinny—whether that’s visually appealing is up to you, but we can say that it makes the phone easier to hold.
And designers have made other improvements to this big phone’s ergonomics. For instance, when the S8 and S8+ came out earlier this year, users complained that placement of its fingerprint sensor next to its rear camera made them accidentally smudge the camera’s lens, distorting their photos. With the Note 8, Samsung moved the sensor away from the camera, separating the two with the camera’s flash.
But the sensor is still high enough on the phone that people with short fingers may have trouble reaching it.
Finally, the Note8’s vibrant-looking, high-resolution OLED screen produces “smooth, crisp” images. And the display is easy to read outdoors, thanks to its bright screen and minimal reflective glare.
Below you will find all the rumors…
- Galaxy Note 8 will be launched with Samsung Experience version 8.5
- New Render Leaks In A Deep Sea Blue Color Variant of Samsung Galaxy Note 8
- Samsung Galaxy Note 8 debuts on Antutu and GFXBench website, 6.4 inch screen, 6GB memory
- 12 MP main camera with dual-pixel autofocus and a 13 MP telephoto camera with 2x fixed optical zoom in Galaxy Note 8
- Good news for Samsung Galaxy Note 8 fans could be bad for the Apple iPhone 8
- Good news for Samsung Galaxy Note 8 fans could be bad for the Apple iPhone 8
- Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Dual-Sim Model (SM-N950F/DS) Coming To Europe
- Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will be released in the US on August 24
- Expensive Secret Of Samsung’s Powerful Galaxy Note 8
- Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8 Secret Feature & Force Touch
- Korean Version Of Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Can Be Available With 256 GB Storage
- Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will be better than Galaxy S8?
- Samsung Galaxy Note 8 – Australia Opens Pre-Registrations
- Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is now FCC certified in Korea, image showcasing the battery capacity
- Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will initially hit store shelves in early September and then find its way to other markets in October..
- The company is hosting the Samsung Galaxy Unpacked celebration on August 23, 2017, at Park Avenue Armory in New York City.
- Will mirror a similar design of the Galaxy S8 and boast a dual-camera setup
- Have 6GB of RAM and a 12-megapixel sensor for each of the dual cameras
- However, users should expect to pay $1000 or more for the smartphone
- According to the rumors the phone will ship win both 64GB and 128GB storage variants
- The Galaxy Note 8 is expected to sport a 6.3-inch QHD+ (18.5:9 aspect ratio) Infinity Super AMOLED display, along with 4GB or 6GB of RAM on the inside
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is expected to debut a number of new features, and one of the most keenly awaited of those is the dual camera system on the rear of the phablet. Thanks to the publication of a number of technical documents, we have a better idea what the Note 8’s imaging system will be able to deliver.
Documentation from South Korea suggests that the Note 8 is going for the full suite of functionality from the advanced optical system.
Material on the Samsung-Electro Mechanics website notes the features that its cameras are capable of, including the four key powers of a dual camera system – zoom, perspective, low light ability, and depth information.
Depth information allows the artistic portraits with the background moving out of focus, as seen in the portrait modes of many dual camera smartphones already on the market.
The more information gathered the better low light images are, so this is a given.Zoom will be an interesting one, with the SEM documentation suggesting a 3x optical zoom is possible.
And for the big gee-whizz moment, you have perspective. Thanks to the two cameras being side by side they take a very slightly different image. This would allow a user to (very slightly) twist the viewpoint that the photo has been taken from.
Samsung Galaxy Note8 (in Midnight Black) pic.twitter.com/QZii9xFarQ
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) July 31, 2017
Expecting Samsung to go big on the imaging capabilities of the Note 8. These four key features show off four almost magical effects in a smartphone. Not only that, but the Note 8 will have first mover advantage over Apple and the iPhone 8.
Apple will be drawing on its experiences with the iPhone 7 Plus’ dual camera system, but Samsung has a traditional advantage in terms of image quality over Apple that could easily negate that, especially as it can set the story and be first to market with some of these features.
With hardware specifications looking to favour Samsung, and Apple’s iPhone 8 facing up to stock shortage issues, these dual camera features could be the keys that the South Korean company will use to convince consumers that the phablet they need is the Note 8.
Samsung will launch the phone on August 23 in an event in New York. The phone is a big deal for Samsung, with the Note line literally going up in flames a year ago because of faulty batteries. The Note 7 suffered through two recalls before being killed off less than two months after the device went on sale.
When it rains etc. pic.twitter.com/D0lFR5Wn1B
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) August 1, 2017
But it’s not so ominous for the South Korean giant. Samsung last week posted its latest earnings, announcing a net profit of 11.05 trillion won over the last quarter (about $9.95 billion). According to The Wall Street Journal, that’s an 89 percent increase from Samsung’s earnings a year ago.
— Samsung Electronics (@Samsung) July 20, 2017
On August 23rd, Samsung Electronics will reveal the latest member of the Galaxy family with the ultimate multitasking device for those who want to do bigger things with their phone.
This highly anticipated addition to the Galaxy roster was specifically designed for people who move through barriers to do more of what matters to them.
To mark the launch of the upcoming device, the company is hosting the Samsung Galaxy Unpacked celebration on August 23, 2017, at Park Avenue Armory in New York City. Doors open at 10 a.m. (EST) while the official event is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. (EST).
Samsung has officially sent out invitations to the press for its Unpacked event in New York City, where the company will announce the Galaxy Note8.
The invitation includes nothing more than two slim top and bottom bezels of the Note8 with no edges, which indicates the same 2:1 Infinity Display as the one on the Galaxy S8.
Furthermore, this disproves that one rumor that the Note8 would have a significantly larger top bezel than the lower one.
We are glad to see that Samsung’s mishap with the Galaxy Note7 hasn’t impacted the company’s sales or reputation. The proof of this is with the sales performance of the Galaxy S8 and S8+. After all, the Galaxy Note8 is what Galaxy Note5 customers have been waiting for forever: a proper successor to the Note5, one that won’t burst into flames.
The Samsung Galaxy Note8 is expected to have pretty much the same internal hardware as the Galaxy S8 and S8+: Snapdragon 835 chipset in the US or an Exynos 8895 CPU with 4GB of RAM, and a fully water-resistant metal and glass unibody design. The real kicker is that the Note8 may have a dual-camera setup, though it’s still entirely possible that Samsung will save that for the Galaxy S9.
Speaking to local media outlets in Taiwan, Samsung mobile division chief DJ Koh confirmed that his company will unveil the Galaxy Note 8 at the end of August, according to reprot, which earlier discovered the reports. Koh also confirmed that the Galaxy Note 8 will initially hit store shelves in early September and then find its way to other markets in October.
While Koh didn’t say which markets might get the Galaxy Note 8 in the first wave, Samsung has historically focused its early efforts in South Korea and the U.S. So, there’s a good chance that those countries will be getting the Galaxy Note 8 in early September.
Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8 has been the subject of countless rumors over the last several months. And while most of those rumors agree that the device will come with a big, curved screen and high-end specs, there has been some debate on exactly when it’ll launch around the world.
— /LEAKS (@Slashleaks) July 20, 2017
Over the last several weeks, conflicting reports have surfaced over exactly when the Galaxy Note 8 might be unveiled and released. Some reports have said that Samsung would announce and release the handset in August, while others have said that the company would announce the device in August and release it in September.
While Koh didn’t provide exact dates, it appears the latter is in the works. And although Koh didn’t say exactly when the handset might be announced or launch, recent reports have said that Samsung is planning a press event in New York City on August 23.
— /LEAKS (@Slashleaks) July 19, 2017
When the Galaxy Note 8 is announced, look for it to come with a 6.3-inch display and support for the S Pen stylus. It’s also expected to run the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 and will be the first handset from Samsung to offer a dual-lens rear-facing camera. It apparently won’t have a physical home button, similar to the Galaxy S8.
Pricing on the Galaxy Note 8 is still up in the air, but most reports suggest it will be quite expensive and at least one model could exceed $1,000.
OLD Report.. July 17
— /LEAKS (@Slashleaks) July 16, 2017
The Galaxy Note 8, the latest renders illustrate the new screens that will grace Samsung’s phablet. Just like the Galaxy S8 family the ‘infinity screen’ is curved at the side to minimise the visual impact of the bezels and chassis.
— /LEAKS (@Slashleaks) July 15, 2017
…This aligns with multiple reports of the Galaxy Note 8 having a huge 6.3-inch display, up 0.6-inches from the ‘explosive’ 5.7-inch Galaxy Note 7. The render also shows the Galaxy Note 8 will switch to the same elongated 19.5:9 aspect ratio as the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus, which makes larger phones easier to hold and use one handed.
The move makes sense as Samsung typically applies (and refines) the cutting edge tech introduced in each Galaxy S generation with the launch of each new Galaxy Note later in the year. Whether 6.3-inches proves a step too far for some users remains to be seen.
— /LEAKS (@Slashleaks) July 14, 2017
Samsung GALAXY Note8 pic.twitter.com/VNVHBT438g
— 萌萌的电教 (@mmddj_china) July 14, 2017
OLD REPORT … July 12
Samsung looks ready for a new life with its Note series after its exploding.
The South Korean giant is expected to announce its Galaxy Note 8 on August 23, reports South Korean media outlet The Bell. Citing a Samsung executive, the publication added the earlier date should make the Note 8 available for purchase from “early September.”
It’s not the first we’ve heard of an August announcement for the Note 8. The Korean Herald last month reported the phone would be unveiled in late August, just before Apple announces its next iPhone. Other rumours have pointed to a September release date and a $900 price tag (about £700 or AU$1,190 converted).
OLD REPORT .. July 10
Firstly, the two images do highly suggest that the Galaxy Note 8 will indeed come with very limited bezels. So much so that the images do add weight to the suggestion that like the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8 Plus, the Galaxy Note 8 will include an ‘Infinity Display’ resulting in a thinner/taller display. In addition, the images also suggest that the corners of the display will be rounded off as well, again, like the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus.
— /LEAKS (@Slashleaks) July 10, 2017
Interestingly, TheLeaker, states that the source who provided these images has suggested that it is possible the iris scanner on the Galaxy Note 8 will be integrated into the front-camera port, or of course the other round. The suggestion being that the two components will be merged together on the Galaxy Note 8. Which is one area where these latest images do differ somewhat from previous leaks, as they do seem to show less cutouts on the top bezel.
Unfortunately, that is largely the extent to the information provided in this latest leak, although there has been plenty of information coming through on the Galaxy Note 8 in general. While most of the information has looked to confirm a number of the more typical upgrades compared to the Galaxy S8 (like for instance, the RAM boosted up to 6GB), there has also been suggestions of additional features which cannot be found on the likes of the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus. One of the most notable to emerge recently is the suggestion that the Galaxy Note 8 will offer some form of support for augmented reality (AR). While one of the most consistent and repeated features to be suggested, is the inclusion of a dual rear camera setup.
Old Report… July 9
SlashLeaks has obtained a new render which ties in perfectly with Olixar’s official Galaxy Note 8 cases. It shows the phone will sport an Infinity Display which fills an even larger percentage of the front than either the Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8 Plus. This aligns with multiple reports of the Galaxy Note 8 having a huge 6.3-inch display, up 0.6-inches from the ‘explosive’ 5.7-inch Galaxy Note 7.
The render also shows the Galaxy Note 8 will switch to the same elongated 19.5:9 aspect ratio as the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus, which makes larger phones easier to hold and use one handed.
The move makes sense as Samsung typically applies (and refines) the cutting edge tech introduced in each Galaxy S generation with the launch of each new Galaxy Note later in the year. Whether 6.3-inches proves a step too far for some users remains to be seen.
Of course it isn’t surprising to see Samsung push the boat out with the Galaxy Note 8 given that Apple will deliver its biggest iPhone redesign yet within one month of the Note’s August launch date. The Galaxy Note 8 will also sport dual cameras, retain the headphone jack and a slightly less stupidly positioned rear fingerprint sensor.
Whether this last feature is a deal breaker for users will likely depend on whether the iPhone 8 will suffer the same blow, as suggested by two major leaks last week. Samsung will certainly hope so.
OLD Report… July 8
Hundreds of rumors littered online regarding the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, there is no denying that the interest in the Samsung phablet flagship remains high.
A new unofficial concept render, showing off the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 has found its way onto YouTube matching the previous leaks pertaining to the device. The video render matches the design and component specifications which were recently posted including the significantly taller display size and the possibility of an 18.5:9 aspect ratio. The render also showcases the Infinity display oriented bezel-less design similar to the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus.
The device also maintains a similar button placement to the 2017 Samsung Galaxy flagship with a single power button placed on the right and three buttons towards the left of the device out of which the top two should be the volume rockers and the bottom button reserved exclusively for Bixby, Samsung’s very own voice assistant.
With the inclusion of the Always On Display and an S-Pen in the render being rather obvious design and feature choices worth presenting, the video also includes a dual rear-facing camera setup which was missing on this year’s Galaxy flagship variants.
Although the video can largely be considered as accurate, it also consists a few disparities, the foremost being the inclusion of a set of three sensors both towards the left and right side of the front speaker grill which seems highly improbable. Adding to that is the lack of a bulge in the rear housing of dual cameras, flash and fingerprint scanner which was visible in the leaks provided by the famous tipster Evan Blass.
While the concept render shown by the video displaying a flat rear panel may be preferred, the addition of dual rear camera components and other sensors could negate the possibility of accomplishing a design like this on a bezel-less and slim device. The video also hints at the presence of a heartbeat and rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, both of which were missing in the previous render.
While Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Note phablet is expected to be one of the most advanced smartphones on the planet when announced, it’s looking like it’s going to be one of the most expensive.
Quoting an unnamed Samsung Electronics official, Korean site Osen says it has learned retail pricing for the entry level 64GB Galaxy Note 8 will start from as high as $1,100. This is $250 more than a 64GB Galaxy S8 Plus and $130 more than a 256GB iPhone 7 Plus.
Osen says Samsung will also introduce a 128GB Galaxy Note 8 which, presumably, is going to be even more expensive.
Packed With Style, Lacking In Power
One thing that high price of the Note 8 does not include is a specification-busting battery. With an expected 3300 mAh battery, the massive handset’s battery capacity is less than that of the Galaxy S8, or last year’s Note 7. I’ve been looking at the impact:
The Note 8’s smaller battery is mitigated by the presence of convenient charging options. The Note 8 is expected to include wireless charging, allowing for the phablet to be topped up throughout the day when it is sitting at a fixed point with a wireless charging station. The more traditional cabled charging approach should benefit from the same rapid charging feature and adaptive fast charger carried by the Galaxy S8 family. That means topping up the handset requires less effort and time, but the new hardware could place a lot of demands on the smaller battery.
Last year’s galaxy Note 7 debacle will be weighing on the minds not just of Samsung but of prospective buyers of the Galaxy Note 8. The South Korean company has worked hard to ensure the market has focused on devices like the S8 Plus instead of the Galaxy Note 7 from last year, so why is it making a dangerous choice to re-release the Note 7?
After an extensive investigation that Samsung has made public, the Note 7 that is now on sale does not have the same fundamental flaw that damaged the original Note 7 release. When the handset goes back on sale this Friday (July 7 2017) it’s going to get a slight tweak to brand it as the ‘Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Fan Edition’ and it would not surprise me if Samsung’s marketing minimises the impact of the ‘7’ and go with ‘Galaxy Note Fan Edition’ as the long form name, and Note FE as the shorter hashtag-able moniker.
The handsets themselves will have a battery with a lower capacity of 3200 mAh. That’s 300 mAh less than the original Note 7 and, in a move that feels like a rationalisation of the supply, is the same capacity as the upcoming Galaxy Note 8. Otherwise the Note FE will be similar to last year’s release with a 5.7 inch screen, 12-megapixel camera, and the same critically acclaimed mix of hardware and software.
OLD Report…. July 6
However, people who have set their sights on the upcoming Galaxy Note 8 will have to wait until the official launch of the new Samsung phablet flagship and endure the numerous rumors and leaks circulating online.
And it will only get worse for fans from here on out since Samsung is not expected to launch the Galaxy Note 8 until this August. And as always, consumers must keep a sharp eye on features that seem too good to be true and dial down their trust setting to a minimum when confronting these rumors.
The renders show familiar features:
- A large new Infinity Display (6.3-inch is widely expected),
- A shape change to the Galaxy S8’s 19.5:9 aspect ratio
- Dual Cameras – the first premium Samsung device to have them
- A rear fingerprint sensor moved further away from the camera lenses
- The headphone jack remains
For example, three months ago, Sam Mobile unveiled an image of an alleged Samsung Galaxy Note 8 leak. In the image, a smartphone can be seen side-by-side with an S Pen. Since the S Pen has become a Note series staple, including the S Pen in the image gives credence that the item is the real thing. Still, the article suggests that it could have been faked.
And that’s only one leak out of hundreds being published each day. And as the Galaxy Note 8 nears its official launch date, more and more of these leaks are coming out. However, some of these rumors are bound to be true. Some of them are probably untrue and just want to create further interest for self-serving reasons or not. And some of these leaks and rumors can be trusted. While these reputable “trusted tech insiders” are no doubt very good at their jobs, some of them still get it wrong. So like this article suggests, consumers should dial down their trust settings before believing anything.
— /LEAKS (@Slashleaks) June 26, 2017
For example, BGR, citing one of the most reliable leakers in the industry, Evan Blass, unveiled what they termed as the final design of the Galaxy Note 8. The leaker, as per BGR, suggests that the new phablet flagship would sport a 6.3-inch Super AMOLED display and an aspect ratio of 18.5:9. The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will also come with either the Exynos 8895 or Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset, with 6GB of RAM. Also, The Galaxy Note 8 is supposed to come with dual 12-MP rear cameras, 3300 mAh battery, and new features for its S Pen.
These specs concur with the other rumors online. And the specs of the Galaxy Note 8, if these leaks are to be trusted, are the epitome of what a smartphone should be: powerful, quick, stylish, and versatile. These adjectives were the same ones used to describe the doomed Samsung Galaxy Note 7.
So again, while these rumors and leaks could be spot on, there are still some questions lingering about the dependability of the devices. And following the Galaxy Note 7 debacle, followers of the Samsung phablet series are expecting big things from the Galaxy Note 8, hence these leaks and rumors and the enhanced interest on the upcoming Samsung phablet flagship.
However, another report suggests that the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 could have a dual camera with 13MP sensors, 1.12-micron pixels, and f/2.0 aperture lenses. The sensors are said to be optimized for low light operation, while the two cameras are each set to different shooting aspects: for black and white shots and for colored images. This new information comes from the Mobile World Congress in Shanghai, wherein Samsung divulged the details of the ISCOCELL image sensor technology.
Samsung’s new tech is supposed to be the cutting edge of image sensor technology and would make its dual camera better than anything in existence. So it makes sense that Samsung would include it on the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 if only to erase the debacle that was the Galaxy Note 7.
Again, the interest in the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is so high (and so is the hype) that these rumors and leaks are selling like hotcakes. In fact, some of these rumored features sound so logical that they might as well have come from the manufacturer itself, though the Korean tech giant would never confirm nor deny them.
Until Samsung finally launches the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, there is no way to confirm which rumors are confirmed and which rumors are debunked. These rumors and leaks would remain just that: rumors. And until the release, consumers, especially those who passed on the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus to pin their hopes on Samsung’s new phablet flagship, should take these rumored features, again, however logical it may sound, with a grain of salt.
Jonathan Endicott, Chief Executive Officer of phone accessory retailer Slickwraps, took to Twitter earlier today to tease the Galaxy Note 8 revealing a supposed render of Samsung’s next high-end phablet. The newly uncovered image that can be seen above this writing is of unknown origin, with Endicott not clarifying on whether the render was made by himself, someone at Slickwraps, or if it was procured from another source, though the actual specifics of the device that it shows are mostly in line with recent reports about the Galaxy Note 8.
According to report the base price for the Galaxy Note 8 will be around $1,000 or $1,100 depending on the market. Given that the base price for a phone gets you the lowest storage tier, it’s safe to say the 128GB model will be even more expensive. Apparently, the price of certain components drove the price up, but the report doesn’t mention which Galaxy Note 8 parts are so expensive.
New rumor has surfaced, this time around it says that the phone will ship win both 64GB and 128GB storage variants. Now, take this with a grain of salt, as the Galaxy Note 7 shipped in a 64GB storage variant only, while the same goes for the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8 Plus, well, at least that was the case in most markets.
Some markets did get the 128GB storage variant of the Galaxy S8 Plus, for example, so that may be the case with the Galaxy Note 8 as well, but chances are that the company will initially release only one storage variant of the device, and judging by what we’ve seen thus far, we’re in for a 64GB storage Galaxy Note 8 handset.
Now, it’s worth noting that the Galaxy Note 8 will probably ship with a microSD card slot, just like the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8 Plus did. This will allow you to expand its storage significantly, as Samsung is expected to include quite a compelling microSD chip inside the Galaxy Note 8. The Galaxy Note 8 is expected to launch in August, before iFA in Berlin kicks off on September 1.
We’ve seen quite a few rumors regarding the Galaxy Note 8’s release date, some rumors are claiming that it will launch in early August, while other say it will arrive at the end of that month. In any case, the Galaxy Note 8 will resemble the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8 Plus quite a bit, though it’s expected to sport a slightly larger display than the Galaxy S8 Plus, and it will also ship with an S Pen stylus, unlike the company’s Galaxy S8 phone.
The Galaxy Note 8 is expected to sport a 6.3-inch QHD+ (18.5:9 aspect ratio) Infinity Super AMOLED display, along with 4GB or 6GB of RAM on the inside. The device will probably be fueled by the Snapdragon 835 SoC, though it’s also possible that the company might include the yet-unannounced Snapdragon 836 SoC in there, though those are just unfounded rumors at the moment. The Galaxy Note 8 will probably sport a dual camera setup on the back, and its fingerprint scanner will also be placed on the back, unless Samsung figured out how to include it under the display, we’ll see.
OLD Rumors Below….
If true, the rivals will have to battle it out for the top spot in the market, but Samsung’s handset is believed to boast a new design, cutting-edge software and costs less than the so-called ‘iPhone 8’.
The report comes from Evan Blass with VentureBeat, who noted the upcoming Galaxy Note 8 breaks Samsung tradition, as it will be the first ‘Samsung is counting on more than an expansive screen to differentiate the Note line from the S-series’.
If the rumors are true, than the Note 8 could be just as, or even more, attractive than the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 family released earlier this year.
The Note 8 is expected to boast cutting edge components, a dual camera setup and of course, the iconic S Pen stylus.
It is also said that the handset will have 6GB of RAM and a 12-megapixel sensor for each of the dual cameras on the back which is the first time Samsung has added this feature to any of its devices.
But Samsung seems to have not learned from its mistake of placing the fingerprint sensor on the back.
Although the re-positioning to the back made room for the edge-to-edge screen for the Galaxy S8, some users have found that the rear-camera is constantly smudged, as they have to ‘poke around to locate it’.
But the firm seems to have made up for the mishap with the new software that will improve split-screen multitasking, give the S Pen more capabilities and enable users to ‘pin handwritten notes to the always-on display,’ Blass explained.
However, the sleek design and cutting edge technology does come with a price – users should expect to pay a little over $900 (€999).
Although some my question the fate of the Note 8, it seems Samsung will not be a repeat offender, as this smartphone is set to be designed with a 3300mAh battery – the exploding Note 7 handsets had a 3500mAh battery.
Samsung had first dropped hints about a follow-up to its exploding Galaxy Note Series in April – the smartphones were found to have ‘irregularly sized’ batteries that caused them to overheat and catch fire.
Although the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 was one of the biggest blunders in smartphone history, the South Korean firm believes it’s Note 8 has the ability to stand up to Apple’s 10th anniversary iPhone 8.
And in order to do so, Samsung is set to release the smartphone before Apple’s does theirs.
Samsung was forced to scrap its Galaxy Note 7 line last year after repeated reports from users that they were catching fire.
Airliners banned the devices over safety fears and the company had to recall three million handsets.
Samsung launched a vast inquiry into the issue that is expected to cost the company an estimate $5.3 billion.
It later claimed a battery fault in the Galaxy Note 7 was to blame.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is the biggest comeback story in phones following all of the disastrous Galaxy Note 7 battery failures last autumn.
It’s fascinating: The Note 7 will go down in smartphone history for all the wrong reasons, yet when it wasn’t causing property damage or injuries, it was among the best phones you could buy. That honor was short-lived.
Where does Samsung go from here? We now have a better idea of the Galaxy Note 8 features thanks to the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus launch. They look and feel like Note phones (read: really big) without that all-important S Pen.
Samsung will build on top of its new all-screen technology, and the Note series will continue to be Samsung’s high-end, at times experimental smartphone.
Ready for the future? It’s time to dive into all of the promising Note 8 rumors, as new leaks begin to emerge ahead of a possible August release date.
Cut to the chase
- What is it? Samsung’s next flagship phablet
- When is it out? Autumn of 2017 is very likely
- What will it cost? A lot, the Note 7 cost $850/£749/AU$1,349
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 release date
Samsung has already confirmed that the Galaxy Note 8 release date will happen in 2017. That’s a fact.
And while the company didn’t go into more detail about the launch date, we’ve come to expect an S Pen compatible Android phone every autumn. Trusted source The Korea Herald has reported the Galaxy Note 8 will come out in August in order to beat the iPhone 8 to market.
That release date would make sense considering both the Note 7 and Note 5 arrived in August too.
- Pre-register for Samsung Galaxy Note 8
- UK: Carphone Warehouse
Could it come earlier? Sure. Samsung may want to fill the void of the Note – the UK hasn’t had a Note phone permanently available since the Note 4. Ouch.
But Samsung may also wants to take its time for the sake of battery safety. And the S8 and S8 Plus launched later than normal. October would put the Note 8 six months from the S8 launch date. Perfect.
Here’s what we’re going to look out for over the next several months: the phone with the model number SM-N950, as revealed by leaker Evan Blass.
We’re also digging up information on Baikal, the supposed codename for the Note 8 that refers to a Siberian lake – the lake deepest in the world.
Galaxy Note8，厉害了我的贝加尔湖。 pic.twitter.com/7X4QeoJmzk
— Ice universe (@UniverseIce) February 13, 2017
Note 8 may launch in late September, with a late October release date. That’s six months after the S8 and S8 Plus. It would give Samsung more time to run extra safety tests. There’s a chance that the company will want it out sooner to fill the void of new Note phones on sale, but we’re unlikely to see anything sooner than autumn.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 screen
- Pixel-sense 4K resolution
- 6.4-inch screen size likely
- Another ‘Infinity Display’
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 may once again make the Note series known for its groundbreaking screen, but not just because of its size this time around.
We’re predicting that the Note 8 will be one of the first smartphones with a pixel-dense 4K screen, with convincing rumors back up that theory.
Why do you need a 4K resolution on a phone? You don’t when it’s in your hand; the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus look good enough paired down to Full HD 1080p in its battery saving mode.
But a 4K screen is important when your phone doubles as a Samsung Gear VR headset screen. Otherwise, you’ll see individual pixels (that’s what we call the screen door effect) when it’s just two inches from your face.
- The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 has to have a 4K screen
What about the Note 8 screen size? The phone series has stuck to a 5.7-inch screen ever since the Note 3, but it’ll almost certainly break from tradition.
A 6.2-inch Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is more likely, because the Galaxy S8 Plus has reached that tipping point. It’s really hard to see it being any smaller than that.
But an even bigger 6.4-inch screen is very possible, and indeed has been rumored, with the source adding that it will be a QHD+ OLED display with minimal bezels, just like the S8 and S8 Plus.
It’s also, unsurprisingly, likely to have an ‘Infinity Display’. That’s what Samsung calls the near bezel-free 18.5:9 display on the Galaxy S8, and it would make sense for a similar screen to be used on the Note 8. Not only would it make sense, but it’s also been rumored.
Another rumor suggested that the Galaxy Note 8 could act as Samsung’s first smartphone with a foldable screen. It’s extremely unlikely, but a fun thought.
Samsung is rumored to be readying two foldable phones for 2017. But we don’t feel like it’s due for a flagship phone just yet – not this year at least. We’ve seen patents for what could be the Galaxy Note 9, too, but that’s even further out.
The Note 8 will almost certainly continue Samsung’s streak of debuting new technology in its second half of the year phone. At first it was bigger screens and S Pens, then the curved Galaxy Note Edge variant, and most recently the debut of Mobile HDR. What’s next? A 4K resolution with expanded S Pen functionality at or around 6.4 inches could help differentiate this year’s Note phone.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 design
The Note 8 design is likely to take almost all of its cues from the glass-and-metal sandwich that is the Galaxy S8 Plus. It’s almost a Note phone – minus the stylus.
Samsung’s ‘Infinity Display’ doesn’t seem like a one-off marketing term. It’s here to stay. But it means there may be no physical home button on the Note 8.
Instead, the Note 8 is rumored to have a pressure-sensitive screen that brings up different menus and options depending on how hard you press the display. The S8 and S8 Plus have this, but it’s limited to the home button.
The S8 and S8 Plus shifted the fingerprint scanner to the back, awkwardly next to the camera lens. Cue the smudges. But returning it to the front, under the display, would be ideal placement when such technology is ready – though rumors suggest it may not be ready in time.
The Note 8 design may not look too different from glass-and-metal Galaxy S8 Plus at 6.2 inches. We’re bullish on that. We’re hoping to see more rumors about a fingerprint sensor embedded in the front glass. It’s an idea that’ll be in Samsung’s near future, if not the Note 8.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 camera
- A dual-lens camera
- 3x optical zoom
- Telephoto and wide-angle lenses
Samsung’s camera is due for an upgrade, and the Galaxy Note 8 is Samsung’s playground to try new things.
The 12MP sensor stayed the same from the Galaxy S7, S7 Edge and Note 7 to the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus. Samsung promised it tweaked the software. Okay.
But we still anticipate seeing something different from the Note 8, and that could come in the form of a dual-lens camera, especially as exactly that has now been rumored by respected analyst Ming Chi Kuo.
Supposedly, the Galaxy Note 8 will have a 12MP wide-angle lens and a 13MP telephoto one, and you’ll be able to combine them for a 3x optical zoom.
Kuo adds that both cameras will also have optical image stabilization, and we also fully expect a 5MP to 8MP front-facing upgrade given that the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus got that spec boost along with selfie auto-focus.
We’ve also now seen a render showing dual lenses on the back of the Note 8, so this is looking likely.
We’re fully expecting Samsung to jump on the dual-lens camera bandwagon sooner or later, and as a flagship phone the Note 8 seems an ideal candidate.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 battery
Samsung could technically go bigger – Asus Zenfone Max has a 5,000mAh battery. But we don’t expect a such fightingly bigger number.
The Note 8 battery not only has to be safe, it has to look safe. 5,000mAh doesn’t look safe. Plus, Samsung packs in a lot more internal technology.
The Note 7 findings confirmed that the explosions were the result of two different battery failures. So we expect Samsung to play it cool with a smaller battery capacity than it could technically go with.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 OS and power
- A powerful 3GHz+ octa-core processor
- Android Nougat or Android O
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 specs are likely to reflect those of the S8 and S8 Plus, but may finally include a boost in RAM.
Samsung’s newest phones just premiered in two chipset flavors: The Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 in the US and its own Exynos 8895 in the UK and other regions. The fact that Samsung is manufacturing both doesn’t hurt the chances that they’ll continue on to the Note 8, and indeed an Exynos 8895 has been rumored for the phone.
A Note 8 with 6GB of RAM isn’t out of the question then. More memory means more apps can be open at once, and Samsung is boasting that the 6.8-inch screen is great for multitasking.
The Note 8 chipset may not change from what we saw in the S8 and S8 Plus, but it can differentiate itself with the long-awaited 6GB of RAM upgrade. This will further Samsung’s drive toward multitasking on the phone and DeX desktop accessory.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 other features
- A stylus with a speaker
- A fingerprint scanner built into the screen
- An iris scanner
- Bixby AI 2.0
Like the Galaxy S8 before it we’re hearing rumors that the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 could have a fingerprint scanner built into the screen. But will it happen this time? The render below backs the theory up, and also points to audio tuned by AKG, so the Note 8 could put a focus on sound.
However, a Samsung official has reportedly said that the Note 8 won’t have an in-screen fingerprint scanner as the company couldn’t perfect the technology in time, so that’s looking like an unlikely feature, despite the image above.
The S Pen stylus could come with a built-in speaker, according to a new patent. What the speaker does isn’t clear. It could very well read notes back to you. We’ve also heard that it might be able to vibrate.
Samsung has changed up its S Pen on the Galaxy Tab S3, so it has not been afraid to make it different (in the case of the Tab S3’s it’s much bigger).
It’ll also inherit dust and water resistance with a rating of IP68, have a microSD card slot for expandable storage and Fast Charge via USB-C and wireless charge, too.
With Samsung Galaxy Note 8, you’re going to get ‘everything you see here’ from the S8 and S8 Plus, and they’re throwing in the S Pen. That means an iris scanner, dust and water resistant, fast wireless charging and Bixby AI are also expected in the new phone.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 price
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is shaping up to sound like the S8 Plus, but better. Of course, that means it’ll likely be more pricey.
Considering the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus price is $824.99 (£779, $1,349), you may be looking at a slight cost increase for the S Pen and expected 6GB of RAM. The Note 7 launched at $850 (£749, AU$1,349) – more than the S8 Plus in the US, less in the UK and exactly the same in Australia.
The Galaxy Note 8 is sure to be expensive, but probably won’t be much than the Note 7 or S8 Plus, whichever is higher in your region.
Should you wait for the Note 8?
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is built for S Pen users who refuse to work on their phone without a stylus. For these people, it’s worth the wait.
However, you’re not going to miss much by checking out the Galaxy S8 Plus. It already has a 6.2-inch screen that tops the size of every Note phone before it.
Other perks we expect in the Note 8 are 6GB of RAM and a 4K display for a leap in Samsung Gear VR gaming that demands extra pixels. Don’t need a stylus? Don’t need a high-end VR headset? The S8 Plus is plenty of phone for you.