The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 (or Galaxy Note8, depending on how you like it) is one phone which couldn't possibly have bigger shoes to fill in. Last year's Note7 went out with a bang, quite literally, and left millions of customers disappointed. Despite packing an explosive personality, being banned from all airlines, and getting recalled in the US, the Note7 was still a much loved phone by users and reviewers alike.
According to the latest leaks, many of the Note7's more unique and popular features seem to be making it into the Note 8. If the schematics are authentic, then there's no doubt the Note 8 will be able to satisfy not only Samsung fanatics, but other Android and iPhone users who have been patiently waiting for a smartphone that stands out amongst the rest. So below, we'll take a look at all of the juicy details and the latest rumors.
There's only been one credible leak so far (courtesy of Slashleaks), but it shows the Note 8's schematics and many of its specs. The specs might seem a bit far-fetched, but the schematics are fairly believable, since they're practically identical to the recently revealed Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ phones.
Like always, leaks and rumors should be taken with a grain of salt, but we'll list the details that we know so far. Once you've had a look, read on below and we'll break down each key component.
- Snapdragon 835 CPU (US models) or Exynos 8895 CPU (international models)
- 6.4" Infinity Display with QHD+ resolution (and a possible 4K option)
- 6 GB RAM
- 64 GB internal storage
- dedicated Bixby hardware button
- USB Type-C
- 3.5 mm headphone jack
- dual-firing speakers
Depending on the region, Samsung will reportedly either use the Snapdragon 835 or their own Exynos 8895 processor to power their upcoming flagship phone. We have yet to see exactly how the Snapdragon 835 will perform with Samsung's UI tweaks layered on top of stock Android, but the Exynos variant will probably have the better performance and battery life of the two (as we've seen happen in the past few years). An in-depth look at the Snapdragon 835 is available at the link below.
The Note 8 is rumored to feature a 6.4" QHD+ Super AMOLED display with a near bezel-less look thanks to Samsung's new "Infinity Display" technology. The S8+ features a 6.2" Infinity Display, and the Note series has always been larger than the S line, so there's no reason to think the tradition won't continue. Having a 6.4" practically bezel-less phone is really going to make some people happy, but if you have tiny hands, this might not be the device for you.
There is a rumor that the Note 8 will be able to utilize a 4K resolution, but that surely won't be the default. Much like the Galaxy S8 (with a 1080p default resolution that can be bumped up to 1440p), the Note 8 will probably feature a 1440p default resolution with 4K available if you don't mind the extra battery drain.
64 GB of built-in storage is practically the standard these days, and Samsung will definitely want to give customers a reason to buy the upcoming Note 8, so 6 GB of RAM could be a solid selling point. If the RAM number ends up being that high, it might make the difference between buying the S8+ and the Note 8. It would also mean Samsung's Gear VR headset will likely perform and look better, especially if coupled with the rumored 4K possibility.
Looking at the above schematics, we see hefty speakers grills on the top and bottom. We're hoping this means the Note 8 will come with dual-firing speakers, which could provide true stereo sound in a similar manner to Apple's new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.
There haven't been any rumors on the battery that'll power the Note 8, which is probably a good sign, since nobody wants a repeat of the Note7. Taking into account that everything here is pure speculation at best, what do you guys think of the upcoming Note 8? Hopefully the Note 8 will leave its own mark, one much different than the mark left behind by the Note7 (okay, I'll stop). Either way, be sure to leave a comment in the section below sharing your thoughts on the Note 8.