A couple months more and we’ll have the much-awaited Galaxy Note 8 in our hands, the first functional Note device from Samsung in over a year. This flagship phone is expected to be launched in the second half of September, as opposed to August, the previously rumored release date. And the price tag will definitely be off the roof, in competition with its arch-rivals.
Though the rumor mill is continually churning, a fresh report from VentureBeat’s Evan Blass (the renowned leakster) has revealed that Samsung is gearing up to release its ‘most expensive’ device until date. The Galaxy Note 8 is expected to retail for €999, which amounts to over $1,000 and we cannot keep our jaws from touching the floor in amazement.
This means the Korean giant plans to launch the Galaxy Note 8 in direct competition to the upcoming 10th anniversary iPhone and it will carry the same numeral. Being dubbed as the iPhone 8, Apple’s massively overhauled mobile device is also expected to retail at close to $1,000. Even the launch schedules of the two smartphones will almost clash, Samsung probably making their way to the market before Cupertino.
As for the specifications, the Galaxy Note 8 will sport a 6.3-inch edge-to-edge Infinity Display that’ll be quite similar to the Galaxy S8 Plus. The said device will carry forward the odd 18.5:9 aspect ratio debuted by the Korean giant earlier this year. On the inside, the Galaxy Note 8 will be powered by the uber-powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 or their in-house Exynos 8895, coupled with 6GB of RAM.
While this all resembles the previous S-series lineup, Samsung is looking to differentiate the Galaxy Note 8 by upgrading the S Pen and camera setup on this device. It will include a dual rear camera setup, where each lens features a 12-megapixel sensor along with independent optical image stabilization. The fingerprint sensor will still be included on the rear, next to the horizontal camera setup and the heart rate sensor.
As for the battery pack, which you’ve been waiting to know, Samsung has decided it would constitute only a decent 3,300mAh non-removable battery. The Korean giant is doing the same to eliminate any doubts from the minds of the populace about the explosion of the Note 7. It will be powered by the company’s latest flavor, Android 7.1.1 Nougat skinned with Samsung’s TouchWiz experience.
The Galaxy Note 8 will also be compatible with the current DeX dock, packing enhanced S Pen capabilities such as full-sentence language translation and currency conversion. It will be made available in three color variants — black, blue, and gold.