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Galaxy Note 8 coming this year with a 4K display and Bixby artifical intelligence?

After the Galaxy Note 7 fiasco, Samsung is now getting its ducks in a row to try and repair the damage it caused to its strong fan following and consumer trust. Recently, the company launched two new smartphones, the Galaxy A3 and A5 (2017), little brothers to the Galaxy S7, and there are also rumors about a Galaxy S8 to be shown at the MWC 2017. Now, more news about the Galaxy Note 8 have surfaced. Is Samsung still holding on to the Note series for dear life?

Galaxy Note 8 release date

Business Korea released the news from "a Samsung Electronic's partner company" saying that "the company will release the Note series this year again." 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, for which Samsung will release a statement on the causes for the faulty devices this month

A tweet from Evan Blass previously shed some light on what Samsung may be planning for its products in 2017.

In his tweet, Blass also 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 be sticking with the Note series, and it is anticipated it will release a Galaxy Note 8 in 2017.

Another noteworthy thing about this tweet was not the fact that the two model numbers will be M-G950 and SM-G955, which refer to the Galaxy S8 and a larger Galaxy S8 Plus, but rather that the model number SM-G94x will be skipped. These would be the numbers that would normally follow on, as the current S7 generation uses model numbers SM-G930 and SM-G935. In making this decision, is Samsung trying to demonstrate that the problems which contributed to the downfall of the Galaxy Note 7 will not affect its 2017 models? This is unlikely, as only a few customers will really be concerned with the model numbers. It is conceivable that Samsung may have been working internally on the S8 generation for a quite some time, but was ultimately forced to go back to the drawing board due to the problems with the Note 7.

Galaxy Note 8 display

The sources also mentioned that the Galaxy S8 would boast a 2K display, while the Galaxy Note 8 smartphone will come with 4K resolution display "to realize improved virtual reality (VR) functions." 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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  • 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 weeks 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.

    • Loie Favre
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      2 weeks ago Link to comment

      "VR headset for phones are never as good a dedicated VR headsets. " Have you tried either one?

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    Moisés 2 weeks 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 weeks 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.

  • The Galaxy Note7 was the best android smartphone in 2016 nothing else came close. Second best android handset was the S7Edge and S7 regardless Samsung revenue and market share wasn't hurt they are still KING OF ANDROID.

    I will be purchasing the S8EdgePlus with bells on April 2017 then the Note8 in September 2017 #NothingBeatsSamsung

  • The N stands for "nonexplosive".

  • I hope for a folding notes 8 phablet....

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