The Note series isn't dead and, despite the Note 7's demise, its successor is due to arrive in 2017. Rumors about the Note 8 say it will come with a 4K display and the new Bixby assistant. And now, its code name has been revealed.
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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.
Samsung Galaxy S8 models are indeed skipping SM-G94* model numbers, will ship as SM-G950 & SM-G955. Know what else is in the works? SM-N950.— Evan Blass (@evleaks) 9. November 2016
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 being developed, the manufacturer had to choose a code name. Thanks to a Twitter account which has recently been publishing a lot of information about Samsung, we now know what its code name actually is. The mysterious Twitter account's author is also active on Weibo, so it would appear that this is a Chinese source. The Note 8 is code named "Baikal", which refers to the Siberian Lake that is considered as the largest freshwater reserve on Earth.
Galaxy Note8，厉害了我的贝加尔湖。 pic.twitter.com/7X4QeoJmzk— Ice universe (@UniverseIce) February 13, 2017
Galaxy Note 8 display
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!