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Samsung Galaxy Note 8 price, release date, specs and rumors

Update: Dummy device shows dual camera and hints at embedded fingerprint scanner

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 news is that a dummy device has been caught on video.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 8: release date

It seems like IFA's Executive Director Jens Heithecker wants to add some more glamour to Berlin's annual tech trade show. Speaking at a press conference in Lisbon, Portugal, the IFA Director stated that (the IFA) "would be a better place for Samsung to unveil the Samsung Galaxy Note 8".  

He also stated that Samsung will have the largest presentation at this year's IFA, though that doesn't necessarily mean much as the IFA is a general technology trade fair and showcases a variety of products from vacuum cleaners to dishwashers.

Up until the release of the Galaxy Note 5, Samsung traditionally unveiled its newest phablet in Berlin just before the IFA opened. A shift in marketing strategy saw Samsung move its event a month earlier to August and switched the location to New York. It would be a surprising move to see Samsung unveil the Galaxy Note 8 at IFA - but I'm very skeptical that this will happen. Only time will tell.

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.

A source has told SamMobile that Samsung has started work on developing firmware for the international variant of the Galaxy Note 8. The build numbers are: N950FXXU0AQC6, N950FOXM0AQC6 and N950FXXU0AQC6.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8: display

According to a leak from CNbeta, the Note 8 will have a 4K 6.4-inch Super AMOLED display. The display will be a double-sided curved screen, with no physical buttons. The fingerprint scanner will thus be on the back like the Galaxy S8.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8: design

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 their chance to fix that, given that the device isn't expected until the second half of this year.

In the 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.

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The leaked sketch from CNbeta. / © CNbeta

A "dummy" device has been caught on video which is consistent with the leaks we've been seeing to date. First posted on Weibo, the Chinese blogging site, the video shows a black rectangle with several of the distinguishing features that have been revealed in the leaks, including the vertical dual camera with LED flash beneath it. Noticeably missing from the front and back of the device is any indication of a fingerprint scanner, adding more fuel to the rumor of a fingerprint scanner being placed under the display. Check out the video below.

It will be a few months before the Galaxy Note 8 is unveiled, but a YouTube channel called DBS DESIGNING has just 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.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8: technical specs

The same CNbeta leak mentions 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.

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It would be safe to assume that the Note 8 will connect to the current or even upcoming Gear VR headset.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8: camera

A report from Korea Herald says that Samsung may choose to use 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.

Samsung 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!

Source: PhoneArena

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  • I've wanted to pick up a Note for years now. I have huge hands and tend to fat finger everything, so the S-Pen offers someone like me a lot of needed precision. And as a long-time Samsung customer, I really love AMOLED displays.  All LCD's look crappy by comparison. But I am sick to death of Samsung half-assing the specs on their phones. If ASUS and others can put 256GB internal storage and not sacrifice the SD card slot LAST YEAR , Sammy sure as hell can do it too. If ASUS can put 6GB RAM, 23X8 MP cameras, a 5.7" Super AMOLED display into that same phone and charge less for it than any Samsung Galaxy or iPhone LAST YEAR, then Samsung can at least equal that list of specs in 2017. It's even easier for Samsung since they are one of the principal manufacturers of RAM and internal storage. And the dirty little secret about RAM and internal storage = it's actually pretty cheap. Don't get me wrong. I fully realize that Samsung just flat out makes a superior phone and that specs aren't everything. But if Samsung wants to erase the stink of the exploding Note 7, they need to stop pulling their punches. The absolute minimum specs for the Note 8 SHOULD BE:
    - 6.4" Super AMOLED infinity display
    - Dual primary cameras
    - ip68 waterproof
    - 256GB internal storage + an SD card slot
    - 6-8GB RAM

    I'm not holding my breath in anticipation that they'll deliver those specs, but I keep hearing 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage as the most likely specs. If Samsung does that then screw them. I'll buy someone else's phablet - one that isn't half-ass on specs. The LG V30, Google Pixel XXL 2, OnePlus 5, ASUS Zenfone 4 Deluxe  (or whatever they end up calling it), and others are all in the running. May the best phone win.

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  • IF the Note 8 is over 6" and got the stupid glass back, then I will pass on that one. Far too big and fragile. Not much else around, so will probably go with a OnePlus 5 in September. That will give me time to see what OnePlus have offered, before looking at the Note 8.
    If the Note 8 is 6.4 inches, I may as well use a Tab 7" tablet- got one of these at home, lol. Both would look pretty stupid clamped to ones earhole

    • The purpose of the Note is productivity hence the S Pen. No device is in the same league :)

    • Mark
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      5 days ago Link to comment

      I agree, Might as get a small Nokia 3360 and 7 inch tablet. Personally I am waiting for the LG V30.

    • The size thing AGAIN? The Note 8 will be the same form factor as every prior Note. The bezel-less design means that screen size is no longer a good predictor of overall phone size. If the Note 5 is too big for you, then the Note 8 probably isn't for you.

  • 6.4" really, LMAO, what's next 7" phones, Samsung has lost the plot, and this coming from a S7 owner.
    I ordered the HTC U11 in black for $599, premium device with premium specs, great speakers, and fantastic camera.
    The new S line looks like ass with the soap bar design and idiotic curved glass.

    •   16

      I love seeing stupid unnecessary responses like this just because you can't afford the best android handsets in the S8, S8Plus, and Note8 so you settle for the biggest joke on the Android platform the HTC U11 with it's failed 3000mAh battery in 2017. At the end of the day you as well as HTC are comical losers at best.

      • What the hell are you talking about, you are competently lost, I can afford any phone I want, but I use my head, not like some people in here, because you are a Samsung shill does not mean everyone else should be one also, to you Samsung could build a turd and you will praise it to no end, you're endless Samsung shilling can do no wrong posts are comical to say the least. I have owned the S3, S4, S7 and Note 4, the best phone Samsung has ever manufactured was the Note 4, I also owned a Nexus 6, Nexus 5X "which I am using right now" and is smooth as butter, smoother than the S7.

      • So the S8 with it's 3000 mAh battery can do no wrong, but if another manufacturer used the same battery size it's a joke, you need help. The comical loser is you.

      •   16

        You are definitely insignificant and totally clueless which is typical of fence straddling confused Android users like yourself. We laugh at your types daily on Google plus and social media. HTC is a sad joke on the Android platform and that has been since March 2013 they should've folded the tint by now they're offering junk in 2017 not even close to being on the same level as Samsung neither the U Ultra or U11. You are a comical joke just like HTC. I've owned the S2 Skyrocket, S3, the original Note, Note2, Note3, Note4, Note5, S6, S6EdgePlus, TabS2 GearS, GearS2, and now the S8Plus as well as other Android handsets Galaxy Nexus, HTC Hero, HTC Evo 4g, and Evo 3d, as well as the LG Revolution so I've been in this game for a long while. I will be purchasing the Note8 day one of launch in September. #NothingBeatsSamsung

      •   16

        No you are the clueless dope who needs help. The battery life on the HTC U crap is putrid so yes the HTC U 11 will be the same joke as well. The S8 runs rings around the U11 and HTC U crap.

      • Good for you, you need lots of work in the social skills department, calling people names because they don't agree with your thought process shows that you have serious issues.

      •   16

        Yeah right you are a low budget embarrassment in my book and a HTC farce

      • I stand corrected by my previous post.

      •   16

        Only in your sad worthless dreams. We are laughing at you.

      • Who is we, in your delusional mind you think that you speak for others, you do have serious issues.

      •   16

        We Note fans on this post useless HTC fan. You'll never win here I'll always own you period.

      • Bastian Siewers
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        • Staff
        5 days ago Link to comment

        And that should be enough at this point. There is absolutely no reason for personal insults on any level. Please remember that we are a friendly community here at AndriodPIT and please watch your language!

      • You don't like it so you're "using you head" but if someone else does they're a shill? Where's the logic?

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