No one can forget when Samsung recalled the Galaxy Note 7 twice last year after a battery issue. The good news is that the Galaxy Note 8 probably won’t explode; Samsung will be very keen to avoid any such gaffe a second year running, considering how financially damaging the Note 7 debacle turned out to be. Rumors about the Note 8 say it will come with a 4K display and the new Bixby assistant, so let's hope the successor to the Note 7 lives up to its code name.
Read on to find out all about Samsung’s next phablet.
Galaxy Note 8 release date and price
The Galaxy Note 8 will be making its debut at a Samsung Unpacked event in New York on August 23. The invitation to the event says "Do bigger things" and includes a stylus, so we can be sure it's the Note 8 that will be revealed. The big event will be taking place at the Park Avenue Armory at 11am ET on the day, and the stream will be available on Samsung's website.
Since the Galaxy S8 and S8+ sold for $725 and $825 at launch, we could guess that the Note 8 is likely to cost $925 in the US.
Galaxy Note 8 Display and Design
A recent leak from Sammobile shows what could potentially be the Note 8's screen - it's a 6.3-inch screen with Infinity Display. The latest suggestion is that the Note 8 will just be a slightly stretched out Galaxy S8 but there's no guarantee that the leaked images will even be the screen Samsung uses - the company often tests out several prototypes so we have no way of knowing whether this version is the final one or not.
Ausdroid leak confirms the major details of the new Samsung flagship, like the S-Pen (of course!) and the 6.3-inch QHD+ Infinity Display. The handset will also be IP68 certified as dust and water resistant. Yet another teaser image has been leaked by Evan Blass.
The overall design remains consistent with previous rumors about the device. Here are the images:
To everyone's surprise, Samsung seems to have published an image of a smartphone that looks rather like it could be the Note 8 on its official Twitter account for Exynos processors. Could Samsung be teasing its fans? At first first, the teased image looks like a Galaxy S8, but if you look closely, some details don't quite match up. The edges of the phone are thinner and the general outline of the phone is different from Samsung's most recent flagship.
Two new photos of the device have surfaced, showing the front and back sides. These photos, posted by PriceRaja, look just like the ones in the tweet we saw in April showing a dual rear camera and no visible fingerprint scanner. The most striking thing about this device, which may be either the Note 8 or an old S8 prototype, is how similar it looks to the S8 which just hit the market.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Camera
These two teaser videos revealed Note 8's most important features, the S-Pen and the camera. The S-Pen is the defining characteristic of the Note series. The other video shows off what you can do with the camera of the Note 8. The dual camera will be capable of a bokeh effect, blurring the background of shots so they look more artistic. It will also have optical zoom, though it's unclear whether it will be 2x or 3x as rumored.
An early report from Korea Herald says that Samsung may choose to give the Note 8 a dual camera setup similar to that of the Apple iPhone 7 Plus, which features a wide-angle and telephoto lens. Reportedly, the wide-angle lens will have 12 MP, while the telephoto lens will have 13 MP and allow for 3x optical zoom.
Galaxy Note 8 technical specs
Samsung’s custom-built Exynos 8995 chipset, or Qualcomm’s similarly powerful Snapdragon 835 chip . Either way, you’ll be getting a chip built on Samsung’s highly efficient 10nm manufacturing process, which means it will be more powerful and less power-hungry. We could see an increase to 6GB of RAM , or perhaps boosted storage. Most rumours point two storage variants – 64GB and 128GB – so it’s certainly a possibility.
On the software front, it’s likely that the Galaxy Note 8 will launch before Google’s upcoming Android O operating system is widely available.
Other new rumors relate to the software innovations that the Galaxy Note 8 will be bringing. As mentioned above, the Note 8 might adopt an ultra-definition VR feature and have improved stylus functionality. Bixby, Samsung's rumored artificial intelligence feature that is also presumed to be on the Galaxy S8, could also be making its way to the Note 8.