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Samsung Galaxy Note 8: Can it get even Better?

Samsung Galaxy Note 8: Leaks, Reports and Pretty Much Everything about it!

Samsung Galaxy Note 8

In late 2016, Samsung had introduced a critically praised smartphone which seemed to do everything right. After a few weeks the phones started catching fire. Samsung recalled and replaced them, but the replaced ones too, started catching fire. Samsung therefore had to stop the production of the Galaxy Note 7. 
It was, and even now, one of the best phones ever made, (not considering the battery problem) that you can buy. To me, the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 was the best looking phone Samsung had ever introduced. Heck, I find its looks even slightly better than the Galaxy S8 or S8 Plus, mainly because of Samsung's decision to omit the signature physical home key in hunt for a "bezel-less Infinity" Display (but that is just my opinion).

This time, fans are looking forward to the Note 8, which is not yet released by Samsung and it is code-named Great.

As a pretty big Note fan, I am excited about how Samsung's next Note will be. Without further ado let me show you what it may offer this time around.

When does the Note 8 get released?

Samsung has already confirmed that the Galaxy Note 8 will be released in 2017. While Samsung didn't go into any more detail about the release date, I guess it will be released this autumn like the Note 7, but this time Samsung may also want to take its time for the sake of battery safety and so you may expect it at October or November by latest. 

The company however can release it earlier too, possibly to fill the void of a new Note on the market.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Design

The Note 8 is expected to take most of its design cues from its sibling, the metal-glass sandwiched Galaxy S8 Plus as it almost looks like a Note phone minus the stylus.

The "Infinity Display" is expected to stay in the upcoming Note as well, thus removing the physical home button-reason. 

The Note 8 is rumoured to have a pressure-sensitive screen much like the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus which performs actions depending on how hard you press the screen.

The fingerprint scanner is a little bit of an issue in the S8 and S8 Plus as Samsung made the decision to put them next to the camera, which would often result in your finger covering or smudging the camera lens. 

In the Note 8, Samsung has been rumored to place the fingerprint scanner underneath the display, but other rumors suggest such a technology may just not be ready in time, making the placement of the fingerprint scanner in the Galaxy Note 8 a guessing game. 

The overall build quality of the Note 8 is expected to be typical Samsung, with the glass seamlessly flowing into the metal sides and classy finish and colour options.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Display

The upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 8 may again set the bar for the Note series due to its groundbreaking screen, but not just because of the size this time around.

The Note 8 is rumored to have a pixel-dense 4K screen, which first made its debut in the Sony Xperia Z5 Premium in 2015. The main theory is to support the extra pixels required for the Gear VR to function with any grainy effects or pixelation.

The Note 8 is also expected to have a larger screen this time. The usual 5.7 inch has continued from the Note 3. Maybe we can see a 6.2 inch screen because the Galaxy S8 has already reached that tipping point.

A few rumors also suggest a larger 6.4 inch screen with a QHD+ or an OLED panel with a bezel-less design like the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus. A pressure-sensitive display is also rumored to be shipped with the Note 8. It is also rumored that Samsung is trying to integrate the fingerprint scanner within the bottom of the display.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Camera

With the same 12 MegaPixel camera since the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, the Note 8 may be the base for a totally new camera setup.
The Note 8 is rumoured to have a dual lens horizontal camera setup, with a 12MP wide angle lens and a 13MP telephoto lens which combined would result in 3× optical zoom. 

Both the cameras are rumored to have optical image stabilization, and an 8 MP front camera is expected instead of the regular 5 MP one with expected selfie auto-focus.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 OS and Performance

With the Galaxy Note 8, we expect a similar CPU as the S8 and S8 Plus but a bump in RAM is expected.

Currently, all the Samsung flagships are provided with two flavours of chipsets. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 in the US and Samsung's own Exynos 8895 in the UK and other regions.

The Note 8 may now have 6 GB of RAM, as opposed to the 4GB in other Samsung flagships. Samsung isn't offering the 6 GB RAM variant to us right now, but surprisingly it has launched a Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus with 6 GB RAM and 128 GB storage in China and South Korea.

The 6 GB RAM would also be great, as more memory means more application can be open at once which combined with the 6.4 inch screen would result in great, fluid multitasking.

Samsung has renamed its TouchWiz to "Samsung Experience" in which we there is a lot more refined interface overlay based on Android Nougat and a lot less bloatware. I would have expected the Note 8 to ship with Android O, but it may be likely saved for the Google Pixel 2.


Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Battery

With the battery being the centre of the disaster in the Galaxy Note 7, Samsung better make it safer this time around and I bet they would. The Galaxy Note 8 is expected to have a large 3500 mAh. The Note 7 findings confirmed the explosions were the result of two different battery failures. So we expect Samsung to play it cool with a smaller battery capacity.

But Samsung flagships do have a great battery life and the battery wears out with a day of heavy usage because of its superb battery efficient processor and display. Samsung may be expected to provide a bigger battery in the Galaxy Note 8.

Samsung would certainly provide the Note 8 with adaptive fast charging and fast wireless charging with USB C-Type support.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8: The S Pen

Since the inception of the first Note, the S Pen has been a revolutionary companion to every single generation of the Note, redefining its usage every time.

The S Pen on the Galaxy Note 8 is rumored to have a built-in speaker, but its function isn't clear yet. Maybe it would read out notes.

The Headphone Jack of the Note 8

Though Samsung rival, Apple has removed the headphone jack since the launch of the iPhone 7, Samsung still has not decided to do so, which is a good idea. Although some rumors suggest absence of the headphone jack on the Note 8, I personally don't think so. Samsung has included it on the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus, and the headphone jack would definitely be present on the Note 8.

Other Features in the Samsung Galaxy Note 8

The reliable iris scanner is sure to be present on the Note 8. It is a pretty unique, and also an easy method to unlock the phone in case you can't use your hands for some reason. You just lift the phone up to bring your eyes and the phone unlocks. 

The Note 8 is also expected to inherit water and dust resistance with a IP68 rating, and expected to have a microSD card slot for expandable storage and wireless Fast Charge too.

The Note 8 may also be the base for a new Bixby virtual assistant, and by the time of launch of the phone itself, the assistant is expected to improve massively.

Samsung has announced that it will be acquiring car audio maker Harman for $8 billion with its eyes firmly on the connected car market. Samsung says it will utilize Harman's audio brands which include the likes of AKG and JBL, to "deliver enhanced customer benefits and elevate user experience across Samsung's complete portfolio of consumer and professional products and systems".
So  we may expect Harman sound in the upcoming Note 8 enhancing mobile audio quality to new levels.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Price

With all the features shaping up to a device similar or greater than the Galaxy S8 Plus, the price is expected to be higher. The Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus costs around $824 and with the cost to increase due to the S Pen and expected 6GB of RAM. The Note 7 cost around $850 when new, so we may expect the price of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 to be around $850-$900 when released later this year.



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