Samsung are renowned for producing high spec, top end phones, and their Galaxy Note series is the biggest and best of the lot. But after a marketing disaster with last year’s Note 7 model, can they rebound with the all new Note 8? We’re taking a look at the new Note 8, from rumours to price to release date. So if you’re thinking about investing in this top end tablet, here’s all you need to know.
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So, we don’t have an actual release date for the Note 8 yet, but we can make some guesses. The Note 5 released on August 15th, 2015, and the Note 7 on August 2nd, 2016, so we’re going to go ahead and assume that the Note 8 is going to release early to mid August this year. That is just an assumption though.
However, our assumption is backed up by a recent leak that says that the Note 8 is currently undergoing testing and is running Android Nougat. Since Android Oreo is due to release in around September this year (and because it wouldn’t make sense for Samsung to test and release the Note 8 using an old Android version when a new one was available), this leads us to believe that the Note 8 really will get an August release date.
But… There’s a chance that Samsung will take a little extra time for safety testing after what happened with the Note 7, and the S8 series did release later than normal this year. So there’s also a chance that the launch will be delayed. Expect to see the Note 8 by October at the latest though.
Again, no confirmed info on this one, so we’ll need to make an educated guess, and the basic answer to this question is: a lot. The Note is the largest and highest specced of Samsung phones, and therefore is generally by far the most expensive. The basic Note 7 released last year for £749, so that’s the minimum that we’d expect the Note 8 to debut for.
There is a fairly solid rumour going around that Samsung are going to be releasing two versions of the Note 8, with differing amounts of internal memory. If that’s the case, then the basic model is likely to cost around £750, and the larger memory model a whole lot more, depending on how much memory has actually been added.
Yes, we’re going to be expecting higher specs than seen on the Note 7, rather obviously. Also, we’d hope that the whole “exploding battery” problem has been solved. There are tons of rumours floating around about Note 8 specs, and again, none of them are confirmed yet.
We have rounded up the most reliable of these rumours however, and built a picture of more or less what we believe the Note 8 will look like. Don’t take this as gospel, but we’ll take a look at potential Note 8 specs below.
Ever since the Note 3 model, the Note series has had a 5.7 inch display. However, it looks like things are about to change, with rumours giving the Note 8 a massive 6.4 inch screen. That’s pretty big, certainly too large to use with one hand, but all that extra screen space means a far better viewing and typing experience. Plus, we’re probably going to see an infinity display (as seen on the regular Galaxy 8 series), so expect less bezel, and a screen that wraps around the edges of the phone.
That display is likely to be a Samsung AMOLED screen, so excellent colour resolution and clarity. But the big news is that we could be getting a 4K resolution display. That’s means sharp, crisp images. Okay, so as a regular viewer you’re unlikely to notice the switch to 4K. But if you’re going to be investing in a Samsung VR headset, then 4K is the way to go. For Virtual Reality users, a 4K display is going to make an already brilliant experience even more awesome.
In terms of performance, we’re probably looking at much the same specs as we see on the Galaxy 8 series, since past Notes have kept the same processors as their similarly numbered Galaxy brethren. For the Note 8 that should mean octa core processing, probably running at around 3 GHz total. In real terms, that’s fast, responsive, and one of the most powerful phones on the market. We might see a little more RAM on the Note 8, the S8 gets 4 GB of RAM, but the Note might kick that up to 6 GB.
This is going to be Android, and as we mentioned above is likely to run Android Nougat out of the box. With a new Android version set to be released soon, you might worry about being behind the times. However, Samsung tend to be first in line for updates, so that Android Oreo update should be coming along shortly.
Whilst in general the Note series tends to replicate the power and processing of the Galaxy S series, the Note does also occasionally become Samsung’s canvas for experimenting with new tech. And that could well be the case with the cameras. It’s rumoured that the Note 8 is going to have dual rear cameras (similar to those on the iPhone 7), with both a telephoto and a wide angle lens.
Other than that, you’re not likely to see an up in resolution, with a 12 MP camera being the most probably candidate here. You could, however, see a 3x optical zoom, which would be a nice addition.
There are a bunch more little rumours floating around. The S Pen is what really sets the Note series apart from the Galaxy S series, and rumour has it that the S Pen is going to have brand new features. What are they? Well, an internal speaker has been rumoured, but your guess is as good as ours at this point, so we’ll just have to wait and see.
Rumour also has it that the fingerprint sensor on the Note 8 is going to be on the rear of the phone, but NOT next to the camera lens, as is most common with rear mounted sensors. A centre mounted sensor would make sense on a phone this large, since it would be easier to reach.
In terms of battery, this is a big phone and it needs lots of power. The biggest battery right now is seen from Motorola and is a whopping 5,000 mAh. However, after the Note 7 battery issues we’re thinking that Samsung are going to play things safe. Our bet is on a battery of around 3,500 mAh, which is still a whole lot of juice.
The Note 8 is certain to be a monster of a phone. And after last year’s Note 7, Samsung really need a hit with the 8. Spec rumours are all looking pretty good, though that price tag is going to be steep. But if you want the best, then you’re going to have to pay the price. Stay tuned for more info on the Note 8 after its official release.
|Technology||GSM / HSPA / LTE|
|Build||Corning Gorilla Glass 5 back panel|
|SIM||Single SIM (Nano-SIM) or Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)|
|- IP68 certified - dust/water proof over 1.5 meter and 30 minutes|
|- Samsung Pay (Visa, MasterCard certified)|
|Type||Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors|
|Resolution||3840 x 2160 pixels (~773 ppi pixel density)|
|Protection||Corning Gorilla Glass 5|
|- Always-on display|
|- Grace UI|
|OS||Android 7.1 (Nougat)|
|Card slot||microSD, up to 256 GB (dedicated slot) - single-SIM model|
|microSD, up to 256 GB (uses SIM 2 slot) - dual-SIM model|
|Internal||64 GB/128, 6 GB RAM|
|Primary||Dual 13 MP, OIS, phase detection autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash|
|Features||1/2.3" sensor size, 1.55µm pixel size, geo-tagging, simultaneous 4K video and 9MP image recording, touch focus, face/smile detection, Auto HDR, panorama|
|Video||2160p@30fps, 1080p@60fps, 720p@240fps, HDR, dual-video rec.|
|Secondary||8 MP, f/1.6, dual video call, Auto HDR|
|Alert types||Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones|
|- 24-bit/192kHz audio|
|- Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic|
|WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot|
|Bluetooth||5.0, A2DP, EDR, LE|
|GPS||Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO|
|USB||3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector|
|Sensors||Iris scanner, fingerprint (front-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, heart rate, SpO2|
|Messaging||SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM|
|- Samsung Desktop Experience support|
|- Fast battery charging|
|- Qi wireless charging (market dependent)|
|- ANT+ support|
|- S-Voice natural language commands and dictation|
|- MP4/DivX/XviD/WMV/H.265 player|
|- MP3/WAV/WMA/eAAC+/FLAC player|
|- Photo/video editor|
|- Document editor|
|Battery||Non-removable Li-Ion battery|
|Colors||Gold, Silver, Black, Blue|
by Dan Forster, Mobile Phone Expert
Dan is our mobile phone review expert helping customers make better buying decisions. With a passion for technology and taking things apart Dan single-handedly reviews all the phones listed on the TigerMobiles.com website.