Samsung will launch the Galaxy Note 8 — successor to the now defunct Galaxy Note 7 — in New York City on August 23. Ahead of its launch, Samsung’s next Note has leaked in its full glory courtesy serial tipster Evan Blass, who also goes by the twitter handle @evleaks. The tipster has not only managed to get a hold of what he says are official press renders, he’s also managed to get a hold of the full and final spec-sheet of the phone in question.
The phone, on the basis of what Blass reveals, looks like a powerhouse and much more different compared to the Galaxy S8 Plus. This is a welcome change compared to last year when the Galaxy Note 7 looked so very like the Galaxy S7 Plus. But this time around it’s the camera that is giving the Note 8 an edge over the Galaxy S8 Plus, even though in terms of size and design there might be big similarities.
But we get ahead of ourselves. Before we talk more about the Galaxy Note 8, here is a quick look at the phone’s specs and top features. Although Blass has history in his favor and also a ‘person who briefed him on the device’s final configuration’ we still suggest you take the following piece of information with a pinch of salt.
Processor: Just like the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8+, the Galaxy Note 8 will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 or Exynos 8895 64 bit (10nm-based) processor. The company has, so far, been launching only its Exynos-based Galaxy S flagship phones in India, so chances are Exynos 8895-based Galaxy Note 8 would be coming to India. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 835-based Galaxy Note 8 will be sold in the US.
RAM: The Galaxy Note 8 will be the second high-end flagship from Samsung — at least in India — to come with 6 gigs of RAM. The company had only recently launched a bumped up 6 gig RAM variant of the incumbent Galaxy S8+ here to boost sales.
Internal storage: The Galaxy Note 8 will come with at least 64GB of internal storage which will be expandable via a micro-SD card.
Screen: Just like the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, the Galaxy Note 8 will come with Samsung’s proprietary Infinity display. Just like the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, it will boast of an edge-to-edge screen and an unusual 18.5:9 aspect ratio instead of a regular 16:9. The Galaxy Note 8 will be only marginally bigger than the Galaxy S8+. While the Galaxy S8+ is a 6.2-inch phone, the Galaxy Note 8 will come with a 6.3-inch screen. The 6.3-inch screen of the Galaxy Note 8 will further have a 2960×1440 pixel (WQHD+) resolution on top a Super AMOLED panel. The phone will also have an always-on display like the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+.
Rear camera: The Galaxy Note 8 will come with a dual camera system on the rear consisting of two 12-megapixel cameras. This makes it the first Samsung phone to come with the dual-camera feature, similar to Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus. While one of the 12-megapixel (Dual Pixel) camera with f/1.7 aperture and optical image stabilisation will be wide-angle, the second 12-megapixel camera with f/2.4 aperture and optical image stabilisation will be telephoto for 2X optical zoom.
Front camera: Just like the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, the Galaxy Note 8 will sport an 8-megapixel camera with autofocus and f/1.7 aperture
Software: The Galaxy Note 8 will run Android Nougat (preferably Android 7.1.1) based Samsung Experience UI.
Battery: The Galaxy Note 8 will be backed by a 3,300mAh battery which is bigger than the 3,000mAh battery inside the Galaxy S8 but still smaller than the 3,500mAh battery inside the Galaxy S8+. Just like the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, the Galaxy Note 8 will support fast and wireless charging.
— Just like the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8+, the Galaxy Note 8 will be a long continuous sheet of glass with an edge-to-edge display and no physical buttons. It will look exactly like the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8+ with some minor tweaks here and there to justify its Note heritage. This means the Galaxy Note 8 will be a little more boxy rather than the curvy in comparison to the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8+. Its physical dimensions are said to be 162.5mm x 74.6mm x 8.5mm and it will — just like other Note phones — come with an pop-out S-Pen stylus. Samsung has been known to improve the S-Pen, adding more functions to it, in each successive iteration. The S-Pen on-board the infamous Note 7 came with a “smaller 0.7mm tip and improved pressure sensitivity to emulate a real pen-like experience,” according to Samsung. It came with some new and improved features like the ability to magnify and translate content straight off the bat. It could also make GIFs out of videos.
— The dual-camera feature seems to be the big Galaxy Note 8 feature. This is the first time we are going to see a dual-camera setup in the Samsung phone, and that too in a flagship phone. This is one area where Apple, with its iPhone 7 Plus, was winning brownie points. But with the Note 8, Samsung can at least match the iPhone 7 Plus specs by specs. The dual camera set-up in the Note 8 will also come with the similar 2X zoom feature that the iPhone 7 Plus has.
— Just like the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8+, the Galaxy Note 8 will boast of a glass and metal body, and near bezel-less screens. It will likely come with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 on both the front as well as on the back.
— The front, in the case of the Galaxy Note 8, will be clean and without any buttons. It will come with a front-mounted home button, only that it will be software-based. So will be the back and recent keys. The phone will also come with a dedicated Bixby button on the left just like it is in the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8+.
— Bixby, for your reference, is Samsung’s take on Apple’s Siri and Google’s Assistant. It responds to both touch and voice and has the ability to translate as many as 52 languages. Bixby, for instance, can be used to search for images. Also, it can be used to get details about nearby places.
— The Galaxy Note 8 will have a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner right adjacent to the dual camera module. Features like iris scanner and facial recognition for added security are also expected. Samsung Knox and Samsung Pay will be also built-in.
— Just like the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, the Galaxy Note 8 will be IP68-certified for water and dust resistance.
Price and availability: The Galaxy Note 8 will be available starting from September in as many as four colours: Midnight Black, Orchid Gray, Deep Sea Blue, Coral Blue and Maple Gold. In Europe, the Galaxy Note 8 will cost 1,000 euros which roughly translates to Rs 75,408. Considering the fact that the Galaxy S8+ already sells for an upwards of Rs 60,000 the Galaxy Note 8 touching the Rs 70,000 price point won’t be surprising.