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 rumor is that the Note 8 will be available in a new Deep Blue color.
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It's official: The Galaxy Note 8 will be making its debut at a Samsung Unpacked event in New York on August 23. The invitation to the event says "Do bigger things" and includes a stylus, so we can be sure it's the Note 8 that will be revealed. The pressure is on, as all eyes will be on the follow up to the disastrous Note 7. The big event will be taking place at the Park Avenue Armory at 11am ET on the day, and the stream will be available on Samsung's website.
A source briefed on Samsung's plans told VentureBeat that the company is reportedly informing its partners that the Note 8 will sell for €999, which converts to about $1118. Since the Galaxy S8 and S8+ sold for $725 and $825 at launch, we could guess that the Note 8 is likely to cost $925 in the US. The report also says that the Note 8 will be nearly the same size as the Galaxy S8+, and as such, it will rely on its dual camera (12 MP), superior specs (6 GB RAM) and S-Pen stylus to set itself apart.
The Note 8 will be coming in at least three colors, according to the famous tipster Roland Quandt on Twitter. Of these three, there will be two familiar colors: the Black and Orchid Grey of the S8. But, there will be a brand new color as well: Deep Blue. This isn't the first time a Note smartphone has brought a new color to the Samsung lineup. The Note 7 introduced a coral blue variant which later made its way to the S7 edge and S8.
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.
A screen protector for the Galaxy Note 8 has been photographed and shared on Twitter. If this is the read deal, it means the round edges, curves and thin bezels of the S8 are here to stay.
It is still sexy, more beautiful than the S8. pic.twitter.com/vr12frBkaX— Ice universe (@UniverseIce) July 4, 2017
To everyone's surprise, Samsung seems to have published an image of a smartphone that looks rather like it could be the Note 8 on its official Twitter account for Exynos processors. Could Samsung be teasing its fans? At first first, the teased image looks like a Galaxy S8, but if you look closely, some details don't quite match up. The edges of the phone are thinner and the general outline of the phone is different from Samsung's most recent flagship.
Knowing that Samsung is planning to launch the Note 8 on August 23, it would make sense for Samsung to tease some details in order to create a bit of noise and excitement ahead of the device's launch. Whether this is the actual Note 8 or not, it's nice to see that Samsung has found a way to improve the already very seductive design of the S8.
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.
Таким был S8+, таким стал Note 8 pic.twitter.com/Q1Fk8tfMpt— Eldar Murtazin (@eldarmurtazin) April 16, 2017
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.
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.
3D CAD drawing: BGR obtained a 3D CAD drawing based on factory schematics of the Note 8, which you can see below. The leaked drawing, if real, confirms that the fingerprint scanner will be on the back of the device like the S8. This time around, though, the phone is larger and the camera takes up more space. This means that having the fingerprint scanner to the right of the dual camera will be even more uncomfortable than on the S8 and S8+. That's unfortunate news.
Jonathan Endicott, CEO of phone skins company Slickwraps, just published a tweet showing a 3D render of the Galaxy Note 8. The device appears to match previously leaked renders of the Note 8, and since the company which posted the render relies on CAD images to make their products, it seems likely that this could be an accurate representation of Samsung's upcoming phablet.
Working hard on the Note 8. pic.twitter.com/L74LqCWkez— Jonathan Endicott (@headslickwrap) July 3, 2017
Olixar cases now up for pre-order on MobileFun.com diverge from some previous leaks and rumors in that they show the Note 8 with the flash in between the fingerprint scanner and rear camera lenses, making it less easy to smudge than on the S8. The Note 8 will be available in Orchid Grey, Deep Blue, Black, Gold and Silver according to the case listings on the site. Since case makers get to see the devices first, this could in fact be a reliable source.
360 render video: A new render video of the Note 8 has appeared on SlashLeaks, showing each angle of the device in 360 degrees. The dual camera module, which is aligned horizontally, very noticeably protrudes from the back of the device. Along with the video, dimensions for the device were provided. According to this rendering, the Galaxy Note 8 is 6.3 inches and measures in at 162.4 x 74.5 x 8.4mm, however the camera bump makes it just a bit thicker than that (9.5mm).
In the early 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.
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 while 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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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|