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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Galaxy Note 8 Rumors: This Could Be The Hottest Phone of 2017!

Mark your calendars. Samsung is ready to take the wraps off a new Galaxy Note 8, as it looks to move past last year's failed Note 7 launch.

This August, we're going to find out just what Samsung learned from that phone's recall as well as from the successful launch of the Galaxy S8 earlier this year, as it introduces a new big-screen phone. Here's what you can expect from the Galaxy Note 8 based on the latest rumors swirling about Samsung's phablet.

Latest News and Rumors (July 31)

• More Camera Information: We're hearing more about the dual rear cameras slated for the Galaxy Note 8, including a leak from Samsung itself. The cameras will support 3x optical zoom and a "refocus feature" that lets you create a bokeh effect; both lenses will offer optical image stabilization, too.

• A Variety of Colors: The Galaxy Note 8 will be available in black, orchid grey and deep blue, according to a noted smartphone leaker.

When Is the Galaxy Note 8’s Release Date?

Samsung previously announced you would see a new Galaxy Note this year, but the big question had been when. Now we have an answer.

Samsung has scheduled a press event for August 23 in New York. And while the invitation doesn't specifically name the Note 8 — all Samsung has said is to expect a new mobile device — images of a phone with an extended display and a S Pen-like stylus all but confirm that the Note 8 will be the star of the show.

Galaxy Note 8 Design: Similar to Gorgeous S8, with Same Flaw

Some reports are suggesting that Samsung will take cues from its Galaxy S8 and deliver a curved “Infinity Screen” with the Galaxy Note 8 that nearly eliminates the left and right bezels.

There’s also been talk on Android Headlines and elsewhere of Samsung planning to follow the Galaxy S8 and remove the physical home button in the Galaxy Note 8, which a Twitter user named Ice Universe said is internally codenamed “Baikal.” That would give Samsung more room to deliver a big-screen device, but it invites questions over exactly where the handset’s fingerprint sensor might go.

Samsung made the oft-criticized decision to place the Galaxy S8’s fingerprint sensor directly next to the handset’s rear-facing camera. Those who have used the smartphone say the fingerprint reader can be difficult to reach and could cause some smudging to the rear-facing lens.

In his report on leaked Galaxy Note 8 specs, VentureBeat's Evan Blass said the new phablet is likely to follow the S8's lead on where to place the fingerprint sensor. If it's any consolation, the sensor could be farther way from the Note 8's rear camera.
Backing up this rumor, Olixar has already started offering pre-orders for Galaxy Note 8 cases through the Mobile Fun accessories site that have a fingerprint sensor to the right of the camera. Bummer.

There’s always a chance that Samsung could try to deliver a virtual fingerprint sensor baked into the smartphone’s screen, though the company is rumored to have had trouble with that feature. SamMobile claimed that a sensor under the screen is causing display issues, which would almost certainly cause Samsung to scrap that idea.

Given that the Galaxy S8 comes with dust and water resistance, it’s likely that Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8 offers water- and dust-protection when it launches later this year. We've also gotten a clue as to what colors will be featured on the new phone. Leaker Roland Quandt tweets that the Note 8 will be available in black, orchid grey and deep blue.

Galaxy Note 8 Rumored Specs

Samsung dropped some hints about future flagship handsets when it unveiled the Galaxy S8 in March.

A BGR report said to expect a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor in the Galaxy Note 8. (That will be the CPU in the U.S. at least; in other markets, Samsung usually turns to its own Exynos processor for flagship phones.) The Snapdragon 835 is the highest-end processor on the market right now, so such a move would make sense. But what if Qualcomm comes out with a better processor between now and the Note 8's launch? That could happen in the form of the Snapdragon 836, a modest improvement on the current mobile processing platform. Via SamMobile, a Chinese site named IT Home is reporting that the Note 8 will be the first phone to include the Snapdragon 836.

Samsung’s decision to include 4GB of RAM in the U.S. Galaxy S8 model has been criticized by some. Look for the company to make up for that and deliver at least 6GB of onboard memory in the Galaxy Note 8, according to PhoneArena.

Blass agrees that the Note 8 will ship with 6GB of RAM, but his source has the new phone retaining the Snapdragon 835 mobile processing platform found in the Galaxy S8.

You can probably expect at least 64GB of storage, which is the minimum for the Galaxy S8. One leak says to expect up to 256GB, but a Forbes report says 128GB is more likely.

Get Ready for Dual Cameras

Samsung hasn’t always followed the crowd when it comes to cameras. In the Galaxy S8, for instance, the company nixed pressure to match Apple with a dual-lens design and instead opted for a dual-pixel feature that has been generally well-received in previous models. Samsung has dominated our best camera phone list for several months.

The Korea Herald reports that the phablet will be the first Samsung phone to ship with two lenses on the rear. There's some disagreement, though, as to the resolution on the different lenses. The Korea Herald's report claimed that the Note 8 would have a 12-megapixel wide angle lens and a 13-MP telephoto lens, but a new report from analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities suggests that it will be other way around.

Special Features

This being a Galaxy Note handset, you can expect to find the S Pen stylus supported in the handset. Look for it to come bundled with the device and if a TechRadar report is true, deliver a bit more accuracy and additional reliability to make writing on the screen a bit more appealing. The pen was most recently pictured in a report at Android Headlines, suggesting an update is coming. Blass says that new features are coming to the pen, including the ability to translate both currencies and full sentences.
Perhaps the biggest addition, however, would be Bixby, Samsung’s virtual personal assistant that’s launching alongside the Galaxy S8. And according to a Business Korea report, it’s coming to the Galaxy Note 8.

What Will the Galaxy Note 8 Look Like?

Images that purportedly show off the Note 8 are beginning to stream in right before the August 23 unveiling. Our best look yet comes from case maker Ghostek which shared Note 8 renderings with Forbes.

Android Headlines spotted a photo posted to Weibo. Assuming that's a Note 8 image, we can see a very thin bezel, along with a front-facing camera, earpiece, and iris scanner.

A render posted at SlashLeaks provides more evidence that the the Note 8 will have a lot in common with the Galaxy S8. The phone in that render has no home button but it does sport curved edges.

What Will the Note 8 Cost?

You only have to look at the price of the Galaxy S8+ to realize that the Note 8 is not going to come cheap. Samsung's super-sized Galaxy S phone costs $850. It's widely believed that the Note 8 with even higher-end features will command a premium.

Blass pegs that figure at around $900. (Actually, his source says €1,000, but that adjusts down to $900 if you assume that Note price differences between the U.S. and Europe match those of the Galaxy S8.) Flagship phone costs are climbing upward — the rumored iPhone 8 is also expected to have a much higher price tag — but $900 would make this one of the most expensive phones Samsung has ever offered.

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