Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Rumors and Review

Samsung will launch its highly anticipated follow-up to the Note 7, it’s been reported.

It’ll be unveiled on 23 August, according to a new report by the Bell, a South Korean book.

Samsung launched the Note 7 considerably sooner than expected last year, choosing to show it at an event on 2 August, so as to conquer the iPhone 7 Plus to promote.

The phone proved disastrous, with numerous battery flaws causing handsets to burst, which eventually caused a global recall.

Refurbished versions, however, were recently relaunched.

The Note 8, because of this, will face intense investigation from the whole industry.

It has been rumored to feature a massive 6.3-inch screen, which is even larger than the Galaxy S8+’s 6.2-inch display, which we believed to be too large.

It will probably look a whole lot like the S8+ also but come with a stylus and an assortment of special productivity-focused capabilities.

Regrettably, recent leaks strongly imply that it could also share the S8+’s worst feature — it’s debatable fingerprint sensor.

It is small, shallow and poorly positioned, and might hurt the user experience significantly.

GALAXY NOTE 8 DESIGN

Samsung has used previous Galaxy Note handsets to check new design concepts. In actuality, we saw Samsung’s curved ‘Edge’-style screen on a Note phone, and it is now a staple of the heart Galaxy S series.

But the most likely scenario is that we will see a replica of this new Galaxy S7 layout for the Galaxy Note 8. This is quite a radical departure from the Galaxy Note 7 aesthetic, but the answer to the new layout has been positive so far, so we’re optimistic Samsung will keep this up.

With the Galaxy S7, Samsung introduced what it is calling an ‘Infinity Screen’. This means that the front of the telephone has redesigned, with the Home button moved to the rear of the handset. The curved ‘Edge’-design edge-to-edge screen is kept, but the upper and bottom portion of the bezel is significantly slimmer. The result is that a lot of the front of the phone is occupied by the screen, making for an extremely attractive handset.

Given the hype that Samsung has generated around the ‘Infinity Screen’ design, we would be surprised if it had been scrapped for the Galaxy Note 8.

Significantly, the ‘Infinity Screen’ also suggests that much more display can be packed in the exact same size body. As an example, the Galaxy S8+ is only marginally larger than the Galaxy S7 Edge, but the display size transferred from 5.5 inches to 6.2 inches using the new phone. Considering the Galaxy Note 7 used a 5.7-inch screen, we would expect to see comparable screen size gains.

It is also highly probable that Samsung will keep the IP68-certified watertight design we have seen on both the Galaxy Note 7 and Galaxy S8. In other words, the phone has been tested underwater at depths of 1.5 meters for 30 minutes — and lived to tell the tale.

We have already seen a few leaks, including one submitted by Android Headlines and sourced from China — although we can not verify its legitimacy.

GALAXY NOTE 8 SPECS

It is very likely that Samsung will increase the size of the screen from the Note 7’s 5.7 inches. We would expect something 6.2-inches, without seeing a substantial body size increase because of the new ‘Infinity Screen’ design.

But we are also hoping to see a screen resolution bulge, in accord with the Galaxy S8. The Galaxy Note 7 and Galaxy S7 both used Quad HD displays — that has 2,560 x 1,440 pixels. However, the Galaxy S8 saw a move to QHD+, so you are getting 2,960 x 1,440 pixels. Given the Note 7 display is forecast to grow, it would be hugely surprising if the resolution was not improved up to QHD+.

But there is also a chance we might see an even larger bulge, with a definite probability of a 4K Ultra HD display on the horizon. Earlier this year, the Korea Herald printed a report about how Samsung was working on massively increasing the pixel density of its Gear VR virtual reality headset. The simplest way to do this is to significantly ramp up a number of pixels in the Galaxy Note 8, which would subsequently be docked to the headset as the display.

While it’s apparent that the benefits of a 4K phone at normal viewing distances are not rewarding, upgrading to UHD for VR functions is certainly helpful. That is because the phone is really near your eyes which pixels become a lot more obvious. Additionally, because a VR headset requires pictures to little split stereoscopically (i.e. into two components), the resolution is halved. So moving into a 4K screen with the Galaxy Note 8 could be a simple way for Samsung to raise the quality of its cellular VR experience.

So what else should we expect? Well, it is highly possible that the Galaxy Note 8 will keep the very same chips used in the Galaxy S8. That means we will either get Samsung’s custom-built Exynos 8995 chipset, or Qualcomm’s similarly strong Snapdragon 835 chip. In any event, you’re going to be receiving a chip built on Samsung’s highly effective 10nm production process, which means it’ll be stronger and less power-hungry.

However, Samsung is always eager to package the Galaxy Note phone out with bonus features. The previous version had an iris scanner and an S-Pen stylus to boot, so we’d expect much the same in the Galaxy Note 8. Other attributes like NFC and a fingerprint scanner are efficiently a given also. So what new features could Samsung add? It’s difficult to say at this time, but we can see a rise to 6GB of RAM, or maybe boosted storage — 128GB as standard, possibly? The only rumor we have seen so far points to 2 storage versions — 64GB and 128GB — so it is definitely a possibility.

Finally, it is looking very probable that the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will feature a double camera module.Respected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has tipped the telephone will comprise two lenses on the phablet and called it “the most important update” for the Note 8. It would not be a massive surprise since the feature was rumored for the sooner Galaxy S8. We have already seen such a feature on the iPhone 7 Plus, the Huawei P10, and the LG G6, therefore Samsung is certainly going to be contemplating dual cameras in the very least.

On the software front, it is very likely that the Galaxy Note 8 will launch before Google’s forthcoming Android O operating system is widely accessible. Instead, we would expect the Note 8 to take the tried-and-tested Android 7.0 Nougat, with Samsung’s Bixby digital assistant loaded to boot.

GALAXY NOTE 8 BATTERY SAFETY

Nobody can forget when Samsung remembered the Galaxy Note 7 double last year following a battery issue caused some users’ phones to catch fire. So whether you believe it’s an overreaction or not, there’ll absolutely be some consumers that are worried about the protection of Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8.

The fantastic thing is that the Galaxy Note 8 likely won’t burst; Samsung will be very eager to prevent such a gaffe the second year running, considering how fiscally damaging the Note 7 debacle turned out to be.

In an attempt to stop fiery phones in 2017, Samsung has rolled out the new ‘8-Point Battery Security Check’ scheme across its smartphone production process: “It involves placing our batteries through intense testing, inside and outside, followed by a careful inspection by X-ray and the human eye to ensure the finest quality.”

Samsung adds: “This program is our commitment to safer devices now and in the long run.”