Galaxy Note 8 Leak 'Confirms' Rumors
There’s a new Samsung Note on the horizon. Yes, I know the Note 7 was a literal dumpster fire, but I have high hopes for the Note 8. With that said, the official unveiling of the Galaxy Note 8 will be on August 23 and this is my attempt at making sense of all the rumors and hype surrounding Samsung’s flagship phablet.
What’s in a Name
My first thought when the Note 8 rumors started to fly was, “I wonder what they’re gonna call it?” During an interview with CNET, Samsung’s chief of mobile, D.J. Koh, said “I will bring back a better, safer and very innovative Note 8.”
Turns out, Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is here to stay. [confirmed]
Looks are Only “Skin” Deep
There’s very little confirmed about how the Note 8 will look different from the Note 7, but I do have a few ideas.
- The overall success of the infinity display of the S8 leads me to believe they will treat the Note 8 to a similar overhaul. [plausible]
Samsung has been testing a dual, 3x optical zoom camera setup that we expect to be a big change on the back of the new Note. This would be the first Samsung device to not only catch up with the mobile big boys like Apple, LG, and Huawei but to surpass their 2x optical zoom cameras.
Other advantages of this possible camera setup upgrade would be enhanced low-light photography, perspective shifting, and true depth-sensing. [plausible]
- I also suspect that after Samsung has failed to incorporate fingerprint recognition directly into their display, they will include a fingerprint scanner on the back of the Note 8 so as not to detract from the design of the front. [plausible]
- It looks as if the patented Note stylus will stay as is for now. That, of course, will come with a slot to store the stylus when it’s not being used.
- Traditional colors like gray, silver, black, and gold are expected for the outer casings, but I expect there to be a special color to commemorate the Note 8 launch. No rumors yet on what the color is, but my guess is they will try to reinvent the coral blue of the Note 7. [plausible]
The Devil’s in the Details
There are SO many rumors about the specs of the new Note 8 that it’s hard to know what is and isn’t plausible, but my sources tell me that this list is pretty solid. [plausible]
- IP68 water and dust certification
- 3-inch ‘SuperAMOLED’ Infinity Display with minimal bezels
- 5:9 aspect ratio with 1440 x 2960 (2K) native resolution
- Overall dimensions of 6.4 x 3 x 0.3 in. (162.5 x 74.6 x 8.5mm)
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 mobile platform (US only)
- 6GB RAM
- 64GB of internal storage
- MicroSD expansion slot
- Rear dual, 12 megapixel, 3x optical zoom cameras
- Optical image stabilization on both cameras
- Front 8-megapixel camera
- 3300mAh battery
- USB Type-C quick and wireless charging
What will it cost
Much like the specs, there are a lot of questions around the price point of the new Note 8. Samsung increased the price of the Galaxy S8 by $100 when it launched earlier this year, so a price increase for the Note wouldn’t be a surprise. However, I suspect Samsung will try to keep the price under $1000 to try to win back some business from the Note 7 recall. [plausible]
Getting your hands on a Note 8
With the ‘Do bigger things’ Unpacked event happening on August 23, 2017, I estimate the presale to happen around August 25th. A ship date for the 8 will most likely happen in late September or early October according to a Samsung spokesperson. [confirmed]
Be Ready with the Perfect Armband
As always, Armpocket is ready for every new phone that hits the market. Yes, this includes phablets and rings true for the Samsung Galaxy Note 8. With an overall height of approximately 6.4 inches, we have three models in 8 different colors that will work for any customer looking to carry and protect their new Note 8.
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Now that you’ve heard the rumors and know your options, leave us a comment and let us know if you'll be upgrading to the Note 8.