Samsung has announced the release of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, which is being touted by the next flagship phablet from the tech company’s stable. While the manufacturer is pretty much keeping everything under wraps for the time being despite being petty close to the release date, we can make some pretty informed guesses about the new phone. At least, we know that its release will be rife with excitement and apprehension; Samsung always has something great up its sleeve, hence the excitement, and the predecessor, the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, met with disastrous results, hence the apprehension.
So without further ado, let us see how far we can gauge the specifications of the new Samsung baby to hit the market.
Note 8 Expected specs:
We already can guess pretty accurately when the Galaxy Note 8 is scheduled to release. After much debates and discussions, Samsung has announced that the Note 8 will be launched on August 23 this year. From this, we can understand that the phone will probably be released sometime in September, most likely about a month after the launch. Of course, like all other Samsung phones, this one will also not be released at the same time everywhere; some countries will get the phone on August itself, to coincide with the iPhone 7 launch, while in some other countries, the phone will see the light of day only in October. UK, USA, and Australia will probably be the first countries to see the phone.
We know the screen will be huge- the phone is, anyway, like all the Note series is- but that is most probably not going to be the USP of the Galaxy Note 8. According to trusted sources, the screen comes with a pixel-dense 4K resolution. Now, ordinarily, there is no need for a 4K resolution in a phone; a full HD 1080p phone is good enough for watching movies and videos. But, the 4K resolution will come in handy when the phone acts as a Samsung Gear VR headset screen. And this is not all that is great about the Note 8 screen; the screen will probably be bigger than 6.2 inches, that is, the size of the Galaxy S8 Plus.
Some rumors suggest that the Galaxy Note 8 will have a foldable screen, although that does not seem very likely. Samsung had promised that it will be releasing two phones in 2017 with a foldable screen, but it does not seem likely that a flagship phone will have the foldable screen just yet. It is more possible that the screen to body ratio will be even greater, with the corners of the phone shrunk further than the Galaxy S8 Plus. The usual QHD+ OLED display with minimal bezels will be carried on from the S8 and S8 Plus models. What’s more exciting is the idea that the Galaxy Note 8 will have the almost bezel-free 18.5:9 display of the Galaxy S8, something that has been named the Infinity Display by Samsung. We are also hoping that the fingerprint scanner will be shifted to the back, taking cue from the negative reviews the scanner received on the back of the S8 Plus. That will be a welcome change even if Samsung doesn’t include a pressure sensitive screen in the Galaxy Note 8.
The Galaxy Note 8 will probably look pretty similar to the S8 Plus, being almost bezel-free and with the curved glass on the front and back. It is likely, however, that the camera bump will be missing from this one, since the S8 did not have exactly rave reviews on the design front. We are also hoping that the phone would not be as chunky as the S8 and the S8 Plus, which weren’t exactly a pleasure to hold. It will mostly be glass and metal, like the S8 and S8 Plus, so there would not be much change in terms of weight, unless the dimensions are somehow made slimmer. Although, if the rumored renders are anything go by, we can safely assume that the Galaxy Note 8 will be even bigger than the S8 Plus, with an additional camera and space for the stylus.
It is way too early to speak of the performance of the phablet, but rumors suggest that the Galaxy Note 8 will have the brand new Exynos 8895 processor. If that is true, then we are looking at a superfast phone with almost no hang time. This, along with the 3GHz+ octa-core processor, Android Nougat OS, and a 128 GB memory, would make the Galaxy Note 8 one of the hottest phones of the year.