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Samsung Galaxy Note 8: price, release date, specs and features

Update: Code name and model number revealed

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. Let's hope the successor to the Note 7 lives up to its code name.

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Galaxy Note 8 release date

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.

Previously, the Note devices were unveiled in August, so we might see the Galaxy Note 8 make an appearance in August 2017. 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 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.

Galaxy Note 8 display

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Some sources have mentioned that the Galaxy S8 would boast a 2K display, while the Galaxy Note 8 smartphone will come with 4K resolution display for a better VR experience. It would be safe to assume that it would connect to the current or even upcoming Gear VR headset.

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!



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  • 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

    • Georg Seebode
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      2 weeks ago Link to comment

      its also a bit of a prestige thing no? imagine they brought out a phone with QHD display - they be ripped apart by consumers and critics alike.

  • 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.

  • Why has every innovation got to come from Apple first? And then the rest - Google, Microsoft, Samsung, all fall head over heels trying to copy. Apple came out with Siri. And then came Microsoft with Cortana, Google with Now, and now Samsung with this Bixby. The name sounds like an animation character out of Disney. How much dumber are we all getting with all this "blind-addition-of-unnecessary-new-features" in the name of technological advancement?

  • I really don't understand why the Note series by Samsung excites such fierce loyalty and passion. Where exactly lies the difference between the Note series and the flagship S series?

    • You wouldn't be saying that if you had owned a Note 7 . I own an S7edge, 2 LG v20's and had 3 Note7's that were obviously recalled. Absolutely no comparison. The Note7 was far superior from camera to UI to the way the screen could tell if you're palm was touching the edge or you were actually trying to activate something like an application.

    • If you're not someone who has always carried a notebook and pen in your pocket because you depend on keeping notes to remember everything you need to do and questions you need to ask, then you won't understand and don't need it. If you are that type of person, then the Note is much more convenient, organized and lets you do things you can't normally do with a plain paper notebook.

    • Believe it or not it has alot to do with thr S-pen! And alittle more feature packed than the S series!

  • taher 1 month ago Link to comment

    I will be a lot happier if Samsung ditches MALI-GPU with either nvidia gpu's or adreno gpu's!

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    Will be purchasing the S8Plus in April to replace my S6EdgePlus. Then will purchase the Note8 in September to replace my Note5. Everything is great in Samsung Land for me. I'll replace my TabS2 with the TabS3 as well.

  • I don't need 4k but need the best and big battery long life at least 5000 ahm, big storage, best camera, water and dust protect, 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. Hope for foldable note 8.

  • Don't need 4k, need better batteries. Keep the Notes coming !!!

  • 4k is completly useless on a phone. how is it supposed to run it if it not even nearly jas the power of a vr pc

  • Mark 2 months ago Link to comment

    4K on a 5 to 6 inch screen is useless except for VR. VR headset for phones are never as good a dedicated VR headsets. All 4K will do is burn battery power. It will make no difference to the eye. Yes you will always have your people who claim they can tell the difference but they can't, not even on a 40 inch TV. I was in the store shopping for a TV and could not see the difference on a 60 inch in fact the 2K in my opinion had the better picture because of the faster refresh rate and less motion blur.

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    Moisés 2 months ago Link to comment

    4k display..... Two years late dear Sammy..

  • Will Samsung bring the removable battery option on the Note 8 to please those people who purchased the Note 7 users,those buyers will be eager for Samsung to be honest and tell them why there phone was disguarded by Samsung

  • ljhaye 2 months ago Link to comment

    Bixby: Will NOT becoming to any Galaxy Android phones from Samsung. Samsung signed a noncompete and patent licensing deal with Google in 2014 to not replicate Google software. The Google Assistant is rumored to also be availble for all Samsung phones therefore Bixby cannot also be on the same phones. Bixby will debut on the Tizen platform ( specifically their Gear S smartwatches) and my guess is also with Samsung's IoT Smart Home initiative.

    Secondly in order to have an effective AI you must control both the OS and the underlying API's in order to provide access to all of a phone's data, software, and hardware. Samsung doesn't control any of the Android API's (that would be Google obviously) so incorporating the AI would be extremely challenging. If developers have to choose between Bixby and Google Assistant in their apps, which one do you think they'll code for ? Here's a hint the AI with the API's and access to the full OS functionality. Ever wonder why S-Voice is so limited???

    As long as Google controls the Play store Samsung can never leave Android despite their incessant and delusional overtures.

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