Samsung Galaxy Note 8: Release date, price, specs – everything you need to know

Samsung is gearing up for the launch of the Galaxy Note 8, the follow-up to the disastrous Galaxy Note 7.

The Note 7 was recalled, reissued, recalled again and finally discontinued, after models started catching fire.

However, before the manufacturing issues became apparent, much of the industry had hailed it as one of the most impressive smartphones around.

Here’s everything you need to know about its successor.

Design and display

Samsung made a very positive impression with the “all-screen” design it debuted with the S8 and S8+ earlier this year, and leaked images suggest the Note 8 will follow suit by dropping the home button and adopting a very similar look.

That’s a good thing, as those two phones are the most attractive on the market right now, making even flagship handsets from rival companies look very ordinary.

However, worryingly for some users, the Note 8 is expected to be very large indeed. It’s rumoured to feature a gigantic 6.3-inch screen – curved, as the S8’s is – which will make most other mobiles look tiny.

For context, the iPhone 7 Plus – which is currently the biggest version of the iPhone – features a 5.5-inch display. The now-infamous Note 7, meanwhile, had a 5.7-inch screen. While the Note 8 will be more compact than both of these, it could still prove too big for some consumers.

However, that screen is expected to have a very sharp 2,960 x 1,440 resolution, which should make it a great handset for watching TV shows and films on.

Features

The Note brand’s trademark feature is the stylus, a slick piece of kit that slots into the phone and should make that monstrous screen much easier to handle.

You’ll be able to write and draw with it, as you would with a pencil and paper, while a series of buttons will act as handy shortcuts.

Samsung has created some highly impressive styluses over recent years, and we expect the Note 8’s to be just as good, if not better.

Along with the stylus, the phone will likely feature a number of productivity-focused software features, designed to help you get things done.

It will also likely be water- and dust-resistant, with an IP68 rating.

Camera

Samsung is one of the best when it comes to smartphone cameras, and we’re hoping it delivers once again with the Note 8.

It will feature a dual-camera setup, combining two rear-facing 12-megapixel camera sensors.

According to rumours, one will be a wide-angle one with an f1.7 aperture, while the other will be a telephoto lens with an f2.4 aperture. Both are expected to come with optical image stabilisation.

On the front, meanwhile, will be an 8-megapixel camera, which should be more than good enough for capturing shareable selfies.

Battery

Plenty of jokes have been made since the Note 7 catastrophe, and Samsung will be desperate to rescue its reputation and try to put the past to bed.

It made a big deal about its new eight-point battery safety process after admitting that problems with the Note 7’s batteries were to blame for models exploding, but people will still have concerns about the new version of the Note.

It’s expected to use a – hopefully safe – 3,300mAh battery, which users will be able to charge either wirelessly or via a USB-C port.

Release date and price

The Note 8 will launch at an event on 23 August, a few weeks ahead of the new iPhone’s expected unveiling.

It will likely beat the next iPhone to market too, and has an expected release date of 15 September.

The Note will be available in black, blue, grey and gold colour schemes, according to reports, and could cost as much as €1,000 in Europe.

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