Last year, the Galaxy Note 7 turned out to be a disaster for Samsung. The phone had major issues with exploding batteries, which ultimately resulted in a total global recall. With the release of the Galaxy S8, the company was able to redeem its reputation, and Samsung will be looking to continue its 2017 success story with the launch of the rebooted Galaxy Note 8.
The company’s next flagship device is expected to make its official debut at IFA 2017, which kicks off on Sept. 1 in Berlin. Although the expected release is still a few months away, rumors and reported leaks will be in abundance as we get closer to the day. In this post, we take a closer look at all the rumors surrounding the Galaxy Note 8, including what to expect in terms of design, hardware, and more.
Keep in mind that this is just a rumor roundup, however, so take these leaks and tidbits of information with a grain of salt. This post will be constantly updated.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 renders surface based on leaks
Reliable tipster @OnLeaks and 91Mobiles have teamed up to produce a series of renders for the Galaxy Note 8, based on rumors that have been circulating over the last few months (and are outlined in this post).
The unofficial renders show the Galaxy Note 8 with a near bezel-less design, just like the S8 duo, with the exception of a rather monstrous camera hump that encompases dual cameras and biometric sensors. Expected features such as the 3.5mm headphone jack, USB-C port, and stylus can all be seen on the bottom of the handset, but there is no second stereo speaker up top like previously speculated (see below). The report does not mention whether the earpiece could double as a second stereo speaker.
— OnLeaks (@OnLeaks) 27 June 2017
Rumored dimensions have the phablet measuring 162.4 x 74.5 x 8.4mm (9.5mm when the camera bump is included). Based on these dimensions and a screen size of 6.3-inches we can calculate that the Galaxy Note 8 to have an estimated screen-to-body ratio of 82.26%.
The Galaxy Note 8 could be Samsung’s most expensive smartphone ever
Evan Blass has published a new report on VentureBeat claiming that the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will cost just over $900. For contrast, the new Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ cost about $720 and $820 respectively. The report by Blass also claims that the Note 8 will utilize the same top-of-the-line Exynos 8895 and Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipsets found in the Galaxy S8 and S8+, except it will be paired with a more generous 6GB of RAM.
Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8 could be launching sooner than expected
Korean publication Naver is reporting that Samsung is planning to announce the Galaxy Note 8 at a special press event in New York City on August 26, citing anonymous sources who claim to have knowledge of the company’s plans but couldn’t speak publicly on the matter.
Reuters is also reporting that Samsung will unveil the Galaxy 8 at a press event in NYC in late August. According to the anonymous source, the new flagship will “sport a curved screen that is marginally larger than the 6.2-inch version of the Galaxy S8 smartphone and feature two rear cameras.”
The Galaxy Note 8 could be the first phone to sport a Snapdragon 836 chipset
A new report found in the Chinese publication ITHome lays claim that Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Note 8 will be the first phone to feature the new Snapdragon 836 processor, which is slated to be released in July. The Snapdragon 836 allegedly retains its 8-core design, but features a CPU clock of 2.6GHz (an increase from 2.45GHz) and a GPU clock of 740MHz (an increase from 710MHz).
Samsung won’t enjoy the exclusivity for long. The report also claims that flagship smartphones launching in the second half of 2017, like the LG V30 and Google Pixel 2 XL are all supposed to pack Snapdragon 836 chipset.
Samsung’s Note 8 may look just like the Galaxy S8
The Galaxy Note 8 is rumored to inherit the same design language found on the S8 and S8 Plus. A leak from Ice Universe on twitter claims to show the front panel of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, revealing the same “infinity display” found on the Galaxy S8 (retaining the same 18.5:9 aspect ratio), along with the location of the iris scanner, front camera, and ear speaker. The phone will reportedly come with a 6.3-inch (or 6.4-inch) QHD+ panel.
— Ice universe (@UniverseIce) June 15, 2017
A separate image found on Weibo purportedly shows a Galaxy Note 8 press render, but it seems more like a fan-art piece rather than an official design, considering that there are no side buttons are visible.
— Ice universe (@UniverseIce) June 16, 2017
The Galaxy Note 8 could feature dual cameras and a better location for the fingerprint scanner
A technical drawing found on SlashLeaks shows the rear of the Galaxy Note 8 with a dual lens camera setup along with a fingerprint scanner underneath the two cameras. If accurate, this would offer a much better experience compared to the heavily criticized setup found on the Galaxy S8.
— phablist (@phablist) June 19, 2017
Dual cameras offer huge improvements for photography including the ability to zoom and produce DLSR-style depth of field. If the Note 8 does include a dual-lens snapper it will place it one step ahead of the Galaxy S8.
The Galaxy Note 8 may retain the 3.5mm jack and feature dual speakers
The drawings found on SlashLeaks also indicate that the Galaxy Note 8 will sport a dual speaker system — with one speaker placed on the bottom of the device, and a second one is found at the top. The schematic also indicates that the phone will retain the 3.5mm headphone jack.
— phablist (@phablist) June 19, 2017
The Galaxy Note 8 will most likely ship with Android 7
Searching through the HTML5Test database for product name SM-N950F reveals a possible Galaxy Note 8 running Android 7.1.1. While many people would prefer to see the device launch with Android 8.0, it more likely that the units will be ready to ship before Android O is official. There will most likely be an OS update in late 2017 or early 2018.
According to the HTML5Test benchmark, the Galaxy Note 8, which was running the Samsung Internet 5.2 web browser, scored a total of 488 out of 555 points. For comparison, an iPhone 7 Plus scores 415 points on the same benchmark.
There could be two versions of the Galaxy Note 8, one with 8GB of RAM
A new post on Chinese microblogging site Weibo claims that Samsung will launch two Galaxy Note 8 variants. The standard one will reportedly pack 6 GB of RAM, while a higher-end model dubbed the “Emperor Edition” will boast a whopping 8 GB of RAM.
If this rumor is true, the 8 GB variant will most likely be exclusive to China, as was the case with the 6 GB version of the Galaxy S8/S8+. An interesting side note, the same leak also indicates that next year’s Galaxy Note 9 could pack as much as 12 GB of RAM, which seems excessive but could hint at a more powerful Samsung Dex experience in the coming years.
Reports from Android Soul have echoed the Weibo post about the Emperor Edition of the Galaxy Note 8 and added that this model could also come with 256 GB of storage.
The Galaxy Note 8 is probably codenamed “Great”
Rumors have been hinting that Samsung has chosen the codename “Great” for the upcoming Galaxy Note 8. This internal name indicates that the company has something great in store for the next generation Galaxy Note, which is needed to overcome the Galaxy Note 7 debacle from last year.
Apparently the codename for the Galaxy Note8 is not "Great" but…wait for it…"Samsung Gr3at."
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) June 15, 2017
The Galaxy Note 8 will undoubtedly come with the same eight-point battery safety program touted with the Galaxy S8 in an effort to quell any remaining damage to the brand.