The Strategist

Galaxy Note 8: Samsung's big bet

08/23/2017 - 14:47

South Korean Samsung will soon announce its Android-based flagman. The company will present Galaxy Note8 in New York, but there are already enough details about the novelty.

The release is extremely important for Samsung, not because fans of the Korean vendor yearned for the upgrade, but because of the need to prove to the whole world that the history of the predecessor, the self-igniting Note 7, remained in the past and so new devices will not cause any complaints.

Galaxy Note 8 images leaked to the Internet a few weeks before the premiere, so we have an idea of what the new device will look like. The flagship body will be made of metal and two glass panels covering the front and back sides. There are no physical buttons on the front panel: the fingerprint reader will be located on the back cover next to the dual rear camera.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will be taller and narrower compared to the previous model. The display’s resolution is expected to be 2160 × 3840 or 1440 × 2960, as indicated in some sources. Judging by the renderers, the main speaker, USB Type-C 3.1 port, 3.5-mm audio jack and microphone will be placed on the lower end, and a card slot and another microphone will be located on the top. The virtual button "Home" is expected at the bottom of the screen.

At the start of sales, the phablets will be available in black and golden colors, but later (or even at the same time) will also be offered in dark blue and gray coloring. The case is protected from water and dust and supposedly can withstand immersion in water to a depth of one and a half meters for half an hour.

Galaxy Note 8 will have a different hardware on different markets. In the US, the model will be offered with the eight-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, and in the rest of the world the smartphone will work on its own Samsung processor - Exynos 8995. The amount of RAM will be 6 GB against 4 GB in the Galaxy S8.

The main camera will receive two modules, one 12-megapixel wide-angle with aperture f1.7 and a dual-pixel autofocus system, the second - a 13-megapixel telephoto f2.4; they provide double optical zoom. The front camera has a resolution of 8 megapixels and aperture f1.7.

The new Samsung tablet will receive a stylus once again. It is assumed that the sketches made using S-Pen can be shared as animated GIF images, and the Screen-off mode will allow displaying the notes on the screen with the illumination off.

Recently, Samsung has received a patent that describes a stylus with a built-in microphone, but it is unlikely to be implemented in Note 8. Most likely, such a function will appear only next year.

At the moment, S8 + is the longest living flagship, especially with such a screen size. We are seeing the same thing in Note 8. There is a wireless charging built into the case, fast charging and extreme energy saving mode; everything is the same.

The official presentation will take place on August 23 in New York. It is expected that pre-orders for Galaxy Note 8 will be opened the day after the announcement, on August 24, and sales will begin on September 15. According to rumors, Galaxy Note 8 will become the most expensive smartphone from Samsung. Chinese website ITHome unveiled approximate prices of three versions of Samsung Galaxy Note 8, and the cheapest costs about $ 1 thousand.

According to the portal, Galaxy Note 8 with 6 GB of operating and 64 GB of internal memory will cost more than $ 940, with 128 GB of internal memory - about $ 1,064, and with 256 GB of internal memory - about $ 1,199. Thus, Samsung, like the upcoming iPhone 8, for the first time will exceed the price level of $ 1 thousand.