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

Update: Code name revealed

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.

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 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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  • 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?

  • taher 5 days ago Link to comment

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

  • 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month 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".

    • Are you're little friends in your bedroom with you laughing at your tired joke?

      • I say that to Apple fans all the time. They love to joke about the Note 7 and it's problems, but none of them have told me, in absolution, why they chose an Apple product. Baffles the mind.

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