Galaxy Note 8 – Everything we know so far

Galaxy Note 8

After experiencing the most disastrous phone launch thanks to the exploding Note 7, you would expect a company to do everything in its power to stay away from the words “Note”. Not the mighty Samsung. With its announced Unpacked event later this month, Samsung’s right on cue to launch the Note 8. What’s surprising is people are legitimately still excited for it. Here’s a quick roundup of everything we know and can expect at the even on 23rd August.

Design

Just days ago we were treated to the latest renders from our most favorite tech leaker: @evleaks. This image gives us the clearest and almost certainly the final design of the Note 8.

Similar to its cousin, the Galaxy S8, Note 8 will seemingly sports an almost non-existent bezels on the left and right, with room up top for what looks like a row of cameras and sensors with a similarly-sized bezel down on the bottom.

Looking at the back, the biggest change for the Note 8 is a dual rear camera setup that will most likely have a 3x optical zoom, among other features. A dual camera setup would be a first for Samsung.

Specs

Expect a 6.3-inch SuperAMOLED display with a IP68-certified body. The screen resolution will clock on at 1440 x 2960 with a 18.5:9 aspect ratio. It will be powered by Samsung’s own Exynos 8895 system-on-chip globally, but Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 in the U.S. With both chips employing Samsung’s 10nm FinFET fabrication process, most users wouldn’t know the difference. The Note 8 is getting a boost in RAM over the S8, with 6GB as a standard, coupled with 64GB of internal storage (and a microSD expansion slot).

The Note 8’s dual cameras will both feature 12-megapixel sensors. But the primary, wide-angle one will come with a f1.7 aperture and dual-pixel autofocus. The secondary telephoto lens will be a f2.4 enabling a 2x optical zoom. Both lenses will be optically stabilized. The front-facing selfie cam features an 8-megapixel sensor and a f1.7 autofocus lens.

The Note 8 will pack in a fast-charging 3300mAh battery with a USB-C port. Expect to see it in Samsung’s usual line of colors of Midnight Black and Maple Gold (same as the renders), followed by Orchid Grey and Deep Sea Blue.

Price and availability

The price is one of the few unknowns about the Note 8. With the S8 seeing a price increase from previous generations, expect the same to a standard new Note’s price. That could easily be in the ranges of Dh3,300 – Dh3,500. Expect the phone begin shipping sometime in late September, early October. All will be revealed in New York at their Unpacked event on 23rd August.