The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ have opened up to a great response from reviewers and the general public alike. Many have praised Samsung for the design as the S8 looks beautiful with its Infinity Display, and Samsung has ensured the best of components for the insides as well. The end result was a product that was pretty and functional, and one that allowed everyone to look past the shortcomings of the ill-fated Galaxy Note 7.
The next test for Samsung is to see how much of its Note branding is salvageable, as it nears the inevitable launch of the next phablet flagship. According to a report from Evan Blass on VentureBeat, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will be unveiled in the second half of September 2017. Interestingly, the device will retain the “Note” branding despite the loss of goodwill and consumer confidence after the Note 7 recall. Samsung is also no longer in a hurry to beat the iPhone launch as it did last year by unveiling the Note 7 in August 2016.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will sport a 6.3″ AMOLED display with the same edge-to-edge Infinity Display with an aspect ratio of 18.5:9 as seen on the Galaxy S8 lineup. The screen size will put it very close to Samsung’s existing 6.2″ Galaxy S8+, so Samsung will be employing other differentiating features to justify the existence of the product.
The Galaxy Note 8 will continue with the Samsung Exynos 8895 and Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoCs depending on the market. This time though, the Note device will be paired with 6GB of RAM, making it the second device from Samsung after the Galaxy C9 Pro to sport more than 4GB of RAM.
The new headlining feature of the Note 8 will be its dual rear camera setup, comprising of two 12MP sensors with independent OIS for the lens. The lenses are said to be configured horizontally and will be situated to the left of the flash and heart rate sensor. The fingerprint sensor will be retained on the back of the device, but this time, it is moved to the right of the flash and heart rate sensor. The setup may sound weird right now, so it would be prudent to wait for renders of the device to leak to get a better picture.
Samsung will also fit a conservative 3,300 mAh battery on the Note 8, as against the infamous 3,500 mAh battery on the Note 7.
On the software side of things, the report mentions that Samsung has apparently improved the ease-of-use of split-screen multitasking. The S-Pen on the Note 8 will have more features like full sentence language translation and currency conversion. The Note 8 will also allow handwritten notes to be pinned to the Always-On display. The Note 8 will also be compatible with the same DeX dock that was launched with the Galaxy S8.
The real kicker for the Galaxy Note 8 will be its price, as it is enroute to becoming Samsung’s most expensive mass-consumer-level smartphone. The expected retail price of the Note 8 is estimated at €999, which the report mentions would translate down to around ~$900. The Galaxy S8 and S8+ came out at an initial price of €799 and €899 in Europe and were sold unlocked for $725 and $825 in the US respectively. The Note 8 will be available at launch in shades of black, blue and gold.
What are your thoughts on the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 8? Should Samsung continue on with the Note branding, or should they switch it up with a different name to help bury the past? Let us know in the comments below!