Samsung Galaxy Note 8: things we have heard so far

Samsung Note 8

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 rumors have been circling the web for quite a few months now and over the last few weeks we have come across alleged render leaks, pricing information, form factor, hardware specification information, shape changes, among other tings.

According to some sources, Samsung will be launching Note 8 very soon – i.e. in a matter of couple of months – and if that’s actually true, it means that Samsung would have finalized the design of the Note 8. A render shared by Slashleaks on Friday might be the best look we’ve had at the front of the phone to date. Unsurprisingly, it looks virtually identical to the design of the Galaxy S8, but if it ain’t broke, why fix it?

From the rumors, it looks as if Galaxy Note fans can look to the Galaxy S8 for an early look at the Note 8. Still, apart from the Note line’s stylus, there are two key differences we’ll be watching for.  Samsung’s Galaxy S8 Plus has a 6.2-inch display, which is 0.1 inches smaller than the 6.3-inch size of the Note 8 rumored in Evan Blass’ report. That’s somewhat unusual, as Samsung’s Note phones are traditionally significantly larger than Samsung’s Galaxy S phones.

Blass says the Note 8 will run on Qualcomm’s powerful Snapdragon 835 processor. Some Note 8 models destined for certain markets may run on Samsung’s Exynos 8895 processor with similar power and performance as the Snapdragon 835.

Blass’ report suggests the Note 8’s fingerprint scanner will be on the back of the phone to the right of the camera, just as it is on the Galaxy S8.

A recent leak posted on the Chinese social media site Weibo and later reposted on the tech site supposedly shows the Galaxy Note 8’s design from a Samsung presentation. I’d take this photo leak with a grain of salt, as there’s no link available to the Weibo post and doesn’t have a history of posting accurate gadget rumors.

The photo suggests the Note 8 will have similarly ultra-narrow bezels around the screen, as well as curved display edges. It’s hard to tell from the photo whether the Note 8’s display would have rounded display corners like the Galaxy S8.  The leaked photo also reinforces the rumors that the Note 8 will come with a dual-lens camera.

Rumor was that Samsung’s next big phone, the Galaxy Note 8, would launch in late August. Now we’re hearing that the Note 8 might have a launch date nailed down, August 26 in New York City, according to Korean site Naver (Korean).

A date is significant because it suggests that Samsung will not repeat last year’s early August reveal of the poor Galaxy Note 7, which was recalled twice for fiery battery failure.  There’s just one problem with this particular suggested date: August 26 is a Saturday.

Samsung typically holds its unveilings, called Unpacked events, midweek. A weekend launch would be highly unusual — for a standalone event. Samsung does often “unpack” a phone on a weekend as part of a conference like February’s Mobile World Congress. But the closest conference, IFA, doesn’t kick off until a few days after August 26, on September 1. (Samsung has often IFA as a launch platform for its Note phones.)


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