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Samsung Galaxy Note 8 price, release date, specs and rumors

Update: No in-screen fingerprint scanner and release potentially planned for late August

The Note series isn't dead and, despite the Note 7's demise, its successor is due to arrive this year. 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. The latest news suggests that Samsung may be scrapping the in-screen fingerprint sensor and that the Note 8 could be unveiled between August 14 and 20 in New York, rather than at IFA in Berlin in September.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 8 release date and price

In the past few weeks, the pendulum has been swinging back and forth between leaksters and rumors as to whether the Note 8 will be launched at the IFA trade fair in Berlin (September 1-6) or a few weeks earlier in August in New York. 

It seems like IFA's Executive Director Jens Heithecker wants to add some more glamour to Berlin's annual tech trade show. Speaking at a press conference in Lisbon, Portugal, the IFA Director stated that (the IFA) "would be a better place for Samsung to unveil the Samsung Galaxy Note 8". He also stated that Samsung will have the largest presentation at this year's IFA, though that doesn't necessarily mean much as the IFA is a general technology trade fair and showcases a variety of products from vacuum cleaners to dishwashers.

Up until the release of the Galaxy Note 5, Samsung traditionally unveiled its newest phablet in Berlin just before the IFA opened. A shift in marketing strategy saw Samsung move its event a month earlier to August and switched the location to New York. The latest leak by @Ice Universe once again swings the pendulum in favor of the August release option, placing the unveiling between August 14 and 20, as well as suggesting that the event will take place in New York.

A report from Korea Herald says that Samsung may launch the Galaxy Note 8 in late August. Since the Note devices were unveiled in August previously, it's not unlikely that the Galaxy Note 8 will make an appearance then. This would allow Samsung quite a lot of time to ensure that their new model does not come with the same faults as the Galaxy Note 7, as well as get it onto the market before the next iPhone's release in September.

A tweet from Evan Blass previously shed some light on what Samsung may be planning for its products in 2017. In his tweet, Blass referred to a smartphone that may be in the works with the model number SM-N950. Because the Note series has so far used the name scheme N9xx this is the first tangible indication we have seen that Samsung will not only be sticking with the Note series, but that it will release a Galaxy Note 8 this year.

As the Note 8 is currently under development, the manufacturer had to choose a code name. And, according to SamMobile, it is being called Great. This is contrary to a previous rumor that said the Note 8 would be called Baikal, after the Siberian Lake considered to the be the largest freshwater reserve on Earth. SamMobile also revealed that the model number of the international unlocked device would be SM-N950F, with the ending letter subject to change based on the market. This is consistent with the model number given by Evan Blass in the tweet mentioned above.

A source has told SamMobile that Samsung has started work on developing firmware for the international variant of the Galaxy Note 8. The build numbers are: N950FXXU0AQC6, N950FOXM0AQC6 and N950FXXU0AQC6.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 display

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. I guess we'll have to wait and see. 

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This could be the Galaxy Note 8's display panel. / © Pei Sheng Technology via Weibo

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 design

What was thought to be a Galaxy S8 prototype may actually be the Note 8. On Twitter, Russian blogger Eldar Murtazin shared two photos from a leaker called "KK" - and the device that is shown definitely isn't the S8. This one has a vertical dual camera on the back, and no visible fingerprint scanner. Samsung could incorporate Synaptics' under-glass fingerprint sensor in the Note 8, since it didn't do so in the Galaxy S8. Possibly due to time constraints, Samsung gave the S8 an awkwardly placed fingerprint scanner instead of an under-glass one. The Note 8 could be its chance to fix that, given that the device isn't expected until the second half of this year.

In-screen fingerprint sensor on the Note 8: Samsung was toying with the idea of including an in-screen fingerprint scanner on the new Note 8, according to Android Community, but due to a technical issue, it seems it might be scrapping this idea. As we saw on the Galaxy S8 released earlier this year, Samsung has done away with buttons on the phone in favor of maximizing the display aspect ratio. According to an image leaked on Weibo, the in-screen fingerprint scanner is quite obvious on the screen as it causes a noticeable color imbalance. 

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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.

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These leaked photos could be the Note 8. / © Price Raja

In the leaked sketch below, there are two circles on the front of the phone at the top, which are likely a front camera and an iris scanner. At the bottom, we find a USB Type-C port, headphone jack, and S Pen slot.

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The leaked sketch from CNbeta. / © CNbeta

A render of the Note 8 appeared online which is fairly consistent with what we think the device might look like, though it isn't verified. It has an Infinity Display, a dual rear camera and an embedded fingerprint scanner, as well as a headphone jack just like the S8.

It will be a few months before the Galaxy Note 8 is unveiled, but a YouTube channel called DBS DESIGNING has released a concept video to keep our anticipation up. In the video below, you'll get to see a sleek, bezel-less design with curved edges and display corners. There's a mix of metal and glass, and the fingerprint scanner is better positioned than the Galaxy S8's was on the back of the device.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 camera

A 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. If this proves to be true, the Samsung's top of the line phablet will be the company's first ever smartphone to come with a dual camera. There have been leaks in the past of Note 8 prototypes that feature a dual camera (see tweet above for a photo), so this is a possibility. Many other brands (such as Huawei and Oppo) have already released dual camera smartphones, so moving in this direction makes sense.

Reportedly, the wide-angle lens will have 12 MP, while the telephoto lens will have 13 MP and allow for 3x optical zoom. This setup will allow for a bokeh effect, which means the subject and background are distinct in the photo, and the background can be blurred for emphasis on the subject.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 battery

Not much has been said about the battery on the forthcoming Galaxy Note 8 yet. While we can always hope for a removable battery, this is unlikely even after the Note 7 fiasco. The one thing we can fairly confidently assume is that the battery on the Note 8 will be safe. Samsung can't afford another incident like it had last year so that's a small something to cling onto. Let's see what rumors arise in the coming weeks.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 software

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. 

Do you think that Samsung will continue the Note series? Or should Samsung replace the Note series with, for example, a foldable phablet? Join the discussion on Samsung’s future plans!

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 technical specs

The CNbeta leak mentioned above also states that the Note 8 will likely have 6 GB of RAM, 256 GB of expandable internal storage and the same processor as the Galaxy S8: the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 or Exynos 8895.

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It would be safe to assume that the Note 8 will connect to the current or even upcoming Gear VR headset.

Rumored Galaxy Note 8 technical specs

   
Display 6.3-inch screen with Infinity Display
Processor Snapdragon 835 or Exynos 8895
Camera wide-angle lens 12 MP, telephoto lens 13 MP and 3x optical zoom
Battery unknown as of yet
RAM Likely 6 GB
Internal storage 256 GB
Special features Compatibility with Gear VR headset, USB Type-C

Source: PhoneArena

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  • Marc Wilson 3 months ago

    Really dont need 4k, for normal streaming and games QHD is perfect, also 4k will run your battery down quickly. Needs a long life battery, flat and curved screen options, waterproof, good camera and not made of glass, the worst material you could use for a phone, it needs to be more robust

  • Praveen VIjayWargia 4 months ago

    No need of 4k as we cant use our existing screens with full brightness, we need a big battery with long life atleast 5000+ mah, with super fast charging .big storage, best camera, water and dust proof, removable battery, SD Card slot. If note 8 have this, it would gather all of its customers back. I'm a fan of Note series, looking forward to seeing Note 8 release then considering whether I should upgrade my Note 5 or not. Foldable note 8 will be a delite to have.

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  • Dan 4 days ago Link to comment

    Hope that a user replacable battery will come back. Waterproof would be good. 128G internal memory (or 256) with additional SDCard capability. Headphone Jack please. Quit trying to make the phone so thin, 0.25 or even 0.35 inch to accommodate a serious battery would be great. An optional thick back battery would be an idea for an option. Also, not so slippery, the S8 is hard to hold onto. Compatibility with Google Project Fi would be a real plus. I hope others have these same desires.

  • Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus users will like to see the difference between there phone and the Note 8,All Samsung will be doing is updating everything on the S8 Plus and offering it on the Note 8,will Samsung finally offer dual speakers on the Note 8 after taking over Harman,an What type of Battery will offer after there Note 7 saga,will Samsung finally bring back the removable battery option on the Note 8 so its might be an easily solution just in case the Note 8 causes the same battery problem,like to see the price difference between the S8 Plus v Note 8,will Samsung make the Note 8 a bit more cheaper to make it more popular than the S8 Plus or iPhone 7s or 8

  • What's next 8" phones, seriously, and 4K displays on a smartphone, really.

  • If they'll make it exactly like the one demostrated in the "Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Concept" video then count me in.

  • My1 3 weeks ago Link to comment

    one thing I dont understand is why they all have to choosenames that dont make sense, why not call it note8 or whatever, or like in the old days where the GT-7100 (galaxy Note 2) was just called i7100. have these names any real purpose?

  • I've wanted to pick up a Note for years now. I have huge hands and tend to fat finger everything, so the S-Pen offers someone like me a lot of needed precision. And as a long-time Samsung customer, I really love AMOLED displays.  All LCD's look crappy by comparison. But I am sick to death of Samsung half-assing the specs on their phones. If ASUS and others can put 256GB internal storage and not sacrifice the SD card slot LAST YEAR , Sammy sure as hell can do it too. If ASUS can put 6GB RAM, 23X8 MP cameras, a 5.7" Super AMOLED display into that same phone and charge less for it than any Samsung Galaxy or iPhone LAST YEAR, then Samsung can at least equal that list of specs in 2017. It's even easier for Samsung since they are one of the principal manufacturers of RAM and internal storage. And the dirty little secret about RAM and internal storage = it's actually pretty cheap. Don't get me wrong. I fully realize that Samsung just flat out makes a superior phone and that specs aren't everything. But if Samsung wants to erase the stink of the exploding Note 7, they need to stop pulling their punches. The absolute minimum specs for the Note 8 SHOULD BE:
    - 6.4" Super AMOLED infinity display
    - Dual primary cameras
    - ip68 waterproof
    - 256GB internal storage + an SD card slot
    - 6-8GB RAM

    I'm not holding my breath in anticipation that they'll deliver those specs, but I keep hearing 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage as the most likely specs. If Samsung does that then screw them. I'll buy someone else's phablet - one that isn't half-ass on specs. The LG V30, Google Pixel XXL 2, OnePlus 5, ASUS Zenfone 4 Deluxe  (or whatever they end up calling it), and others are all in the running. May the best phone win.

  • Nickels 1 month ago Link to comment

    Samsung productividad es su segundo nombre

  • IF the Note 8 is over 6" and got the stupid glass back, then I will pass on that one. Far too big and fragile. Not much else around, so will probably go with a OnePlus 5 in September. That will give me time to see what OnePlus have offered, before looking at the Note 8.
    If the Note 8 is 6.4 inches, I may as well use a Tab 7" tablet- got one of these at home, lol. Both would look pretty stupid clamped to ones earhole

  • 6.4" really, LMAO, what's next 7" phones, Samsung has lost the plot, and this coming from a S7 owner.
    I ordered the HTC U11 in black for $599, premium device with premium specs, great speakers, and fantastic camera.
    The new S line looks like ass with the soap bar design and idiotic curved glass.

    •   16

      I love seeing stupid unnecessary responses like this just because you can't afford the best android handsets in the S8, S8Plus, and Note8 so you settle for the biggest joke on the Android platform the HTC U11 with it's failed 3000mAh battery in 2017. At the end of the day you as well as HTC are comical losers at best.

      • What the hell are you talking about, you are competently lost, I can afford any phone I want, but I use my head, not like some people in here, because you are a Samsung shill does not mean everyone else should be one also, to you Samsung could build a turd and you will praise it to no end, you're endless Samsung shilling can do no wrong posts are comical to say the least. I have owned the S3, S4, S7 and Note 4, the best phone Samsung has ever manufactured was the Note 4, I also owned a Nexus 6, Nexus 5X "which I am using right now" and is smooth as butter, smoother than the S7.

      • So the S8 with it's 3000 mAh battery can do no wrong, but if another manufacturer used the same battery size it's a joke, you need help. The comical loser is you.

      •   16

        You are definitely insignificant and totally clueless which is typical of fence straddling confused Android users like yourself. We laugh at your types daily on Google plus and social media. HTC is a sad joke on the Android platform and that has been since March 2013 they should've folded the tint by now they're offering junk in 2017 not even close to being on the same level as Samsung neither the U Ultra or U11. You are a comical joke just like HTC. I've owned the S2 Skyrocket, S3, the original Note, Note2, Note3, Note4, Note5, S6, S6EdgePlus, TabS2 GearS, GearS2, and now the S8Plus as well as other Android handsets Galaxy Nexus, HTC Hero, HTC Evo 4g, and Evo 3d, as well as the LG Revolution so I've been in this game for a long while. I will be purchasing the Note8 day one of launch in September. #NothingBeatsSamsung

      •   16

        No you are the clueless dope who needs help. The battery life on the HTC U crap is putrid so yes the HTC U 11 will be the same joke as well. The S8 runs rings around the U11 and HTC U crap.

      • Good for you, you need lots of work in the social skills department, calling people names because they don't agree with your thought process shows that you have serious issues.

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