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Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Release Date, Features, Rumors & News

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 release date is less than four months away and will be hugely important for the company. After a failed and recalled Galaxy Note 7 in 2016, buyers are anxious to get their hands on the next Note. Here’s everything you need to know about the Galaxy Note 8 release date, rumors, features and the latest news.

Recent Galaxy Note 8 rumors point to some major changes that should have potential buyers excited. From dual cameras on the back to a bigger bezel-free Infinity Display similar to the Galaxy S8.

The Galaxy S8 tells us a lot about the Galaxy Note 8. Then, as the August release nears more information will begin to surface. We have a good idea of what to expect already, and below we will walk you through important Galaxy Note 8 details as we await its arrival.

Galaxy Note 8 Release Date: Late August or early September (Rumored)

How Much Will the Galaxy Note 8 Cost?: $879 to over $979 based on rumors and prior releases

What is the Galaxy Note 8?: Samsung’s biggest flagship smartphone that delivers the latest cutting-edge specs and features. A phablet with a huge screen and S-Pen stylus for content creation. It will likely feature a premium metal design with an edge-to-edge Infinity display that covers the entire front of the phone and curves over the sides. Rumors suggest it will house an optical fingerprint scanner inside of the screen, and the back may have a dual camera setup like the iPhone.

Now that you know a few of the basics and we’ve answered some important questions, read on for the latest news and rumors.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Release Date

Both the Galaxy Note 5 and the doomed Galaxy Note 7 arrived in August, on the 21st and 17th. As a result, most reports and rumors believe the Note 8 will arrive around the same timeframe. Each release was roughly two weeks after the announcement.

That said, Samsung delayed the launch of the popular Galaxy S8 by nearly two months to deliver a great phone and to make sure the battery wouldn’t explode. The company added a new 8-point battery inspection system and delivered an all-new design. This pushed the release to May instead of March.

It’s possible that Samsung will once again delay the Galaxy Note 8 release date by a month or so, and announce it in September instead of August. However, that’s unlikely as the phone would arrive at the same time as the highly rumored iPhone 8.

Expect Samsung to announce the Galaxy Note 8 during the first week of August and release it in the following weeks. We’ll be on the lookout for any rumors that state otherwise.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Display

The bigger screen is one of the most exciting aspects of the new Galaxy Note 8. Similar to the Galaxy S8, Samsung will likely remove the bezels from the side of the phone and offer a fully curved AMOLED display. At the same time, thin out the top and bottom bezel and ditch the physical home button. The result is what the company calls an “Infinity Display”.

Rumored Note 8 and S-Pen stylus

Based on what we saw earlier this year from the Galaxy S8, the new Galaxy Note 8 will have a 6.3 or 6.4-inch Quad-HD screen. Offering tons of screen real-estate in a small package that’s easy to hold and use. As a comparison, the Galaxy S8+ has a 6.2-inch display so we expect at least 6.4-inches, and it could potentially be Samsung’s first 4K smartphone.

The Galaxy S7 Edge went from 5.5-inches to 6.2 on the S8+, so we could see the Galaxy Note 7 jump from a 5.7-inch screen to a huge 6.4-inch phablet.

Early leaks like the image above suggest it will look nearly identical to the Galaxy S8 on the front, only it’s far bigger and will offer changes elsewhere like dual rear cameras and the signature S-Pen stylus.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Design

As we said above, the design will likely mirror that of the successful Galaxy S8. The company will once again look to use premium metal and glass materials, although it’s possible we will see a titanium frame for added durability. The curved glass on both the front and the back makes Samsung devices extremely fragile, so we’ll have to wait and see.

Following a path similar to Apple, LG and others, Samsung will use two Dual Pixel cameras on the back for improved photography. This could be the biggest change to the Note 8 design. Early renders show two rear cameras, a flash, AKG branding for improved sound and surprisingly no rear-mounted fingerprint scanner.

Render teases similar design, dual camera and more. There is no fingerprint scanner in sight.

A very important decision will be where Samsung puts the fingerprint scanner on the Galaxy Note 8. Early rumors suggest it will use an optical scanner that’s built right into the glass of the screen, instead of placing it on the back. Everyone knows the Galaxy S8 fingerprint scanner location is terrible, and we’re hopeful Samsung found a practical solution.

However, a recent report suggests Samsung was unable to get this technology working in time, and have abandoned the idea until 2018. If so, we will likely see a rear fingerprint scanner once again.

We are hearing Samsung aims to perfect the design by aligning all the ports on the bottom, adding a texture to the dedicated Bixby AI button, and add a vibration motor to the S-Pen stylus so owners can use a new “Find My S-Pen” app to locate a missing stylus. It sounds promising but we’ll take these rumors with a grain of salt until further notice.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Cameras

The most notable Galaxy Note 8 rumors is the new dual camera system on the back. This was heavily rumored for the Galaxy S8, which as we all know never happened. However, countless reports seem to believe the Galaxy Note 8 will be Samsung’s first phone with three cameras.

If true, we could see a 12 DualPixel wide-angle lens similar to the Galaxy S8 and S8+, then an extra 13 megapixel telephoto lens with 3x optical zoom. Allowing users to quickly toggle the second camera to zoom in for incredibly sharp and detailed close-up photos.

Is this a Galaxy S8 prototype or an early look at the Note 8?

As we all know, zooming in to take a picture on a smartphone never yields good results. Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus has two cameras, one featuring a 2x optical zoom to fix that problem. Which allows for impressive photos of far away subjects. A report from MyDrivers suggests the Note 8 camera will one-up Apple and offer a 3x telephoto zoom.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Specifications

Each year Samsung’s Note device is slightly better than the Galaxy S that arrived earlier in the year, has the latest specs, and offers a few new features to make it stand out. So far we’re hearing that’s exactly what to expect from the Galaxy Note 8. Recently a list of specs and features surfaced on Twitter, and below is what we’re expecting when we combine that new report with other leaks.

Galaxy Note 8 Specs (Rumored)

  • 6.4-inch 2960 x 1440 Quad-HD AMOLED Infinity Display (Or its first 4K display)

  • Snapdragon 835/836 or Samsung Exynos 8895 Processor

  • 64/128GB of storage and 6GB of RAM (microSD slot for storage expansion)

  • Android 7.1.2 Nougat (Soon after an update to Android 8.0 “O”)

  • Dual 12 Megapixel Rear f/1.7 aperture cameras, 3X optical zoom (better than iPhone 7 Plus 2x zoom)

  • 8 Megapixel front-facing camera

  • Dual Stereo speakers tuned by AKG

  • 3,600 mAh battery with Fast and Wireless Charging

  • Improved S-Pen stylus with vibration motor and new features

  • Fingerprint Sensor built into the glass display (maybe)

  • IP68 Dust and Water Resistance up to 5ft

  • Bixby AI Assistant and dedicated button

  • USB Type-C port, 3.5mm headphone jack, heart rate sensor, Iris Eye Scanner, more

It’s worth noting that these are only rumored specs, and nothing is remotely at this point. This would be the first Samsung smartphone with a 4K display, the first with 6GB of RAM, and the first with dual rear cameras if rumors are correct.

Otherwise, expect a decent jump in options over the Galaxy S8 while keeping the same screen resolution, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage with a microSD slot.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Price

The Galaxy Note 8 price is completely up in the air. In previous years it was the highest priced Samsung smartphone, and with all the upgrades we’re expecting something similar this year. The Galaxy S8+ was its most expensive phone coming in around $849. That’s almost as much as the Galaxy Note 7 from 2016.

Between the bigger screen, dual cameras, water resistance and potentially more storage and RAM, we could be looking at Samsung’s first $1,000 smartphone. Then if the company is able to add a fingerprint scanner to the glass display it could climb even higher. Realistically though, expect it to fall around $899 or $949 and be available from carriers on a low monthly payment plan.

Either way, considering all the upgrades and the new dual cameras this will be Samsung’s most premium and expensive smartphone to date. The company has a lot riding on this release, not to mention millions of eager Note 7 refugees waiting for a new Note. We’ll continuously update this post with more details as they become available.

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