We’re creeping ever closer to the launch of Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8, a phone that has been greatly hyped by fans who missed out on the explosive Note 7. Through leaks and tip-offs we have a very clear idea of what to expect, so read on for the answers to all your (hopefully not burning) Galaxy Note 8 questions.
When is the Galaxy Note 8 launch?
Samsung is holding an UnPacked event in New York’s Park Avenue Armory on 23 August in which it will announce the Galaxy Note 8.
The event takes place at 4pm BST (UK time), which is 8am PDT/11am EDT/5pm CEST/11pm HKT/midnight KST/1am 24 August AEST.
Where can I watch the Galaxy Note 8 live stream?
There will be a live stream of the event, and we will embed it at the top of this page as soon as it becomes available. You will also be able to watch live on Samsung’s UnPacked website and on its YouTube page.
When is the Galaxy Note 8 release date?
Though the phone will be announced on 23 August, it is not expected to go on sale in Korea until 15 September, with global territories to follow.
However, one Best Buy employee is insisting it will be available a day after the launch on 24 August. We’ll have to wait and see.
EE has already posted a link on its site to pre-register your interest in Samsung’s new phone.
How much will the Galaxy Note 8 cost in the UK?
According to respected tipster Evan Blass, writing for VentureBeat, the Galaxy Note 8 is going to cost a colossal €999. That’s €100 more than the Galaxy S8 Plus, and €200 more than the Galaxy S8.
In Sterling, expect to pay £869, with the Galaxy S8 costing £689 and the Galaxy S8 Plus £779.
What is the difference between the Galaxy Note 8 and the Galaxy S8?
Previously the Note family has been differentiated from the S series through its larger screen, increased performance, longer battery life and S Pen stylus. In 2017 the Note 8 is not expected to be a great deal faster than the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus – it has the same processor but an extra 2GB of RAM – and battery life is unlikely to be much different given the problems with the Note 7.
However, the Note 8 will continue to be differentiated with the S Pen stylus, and though the screen won’t be much larger than the 6.2in Galaxy S8 Plus it should feel considerably larger than the 5.8in Galaxy S8 at 6.3in. It will look very slightly different with more square-ish corners, too.
Also new to the Galaxy Note 8 will be a dual-camera – and for the first time on a Samsung flagship phone.
Read more about the differences in the upcoming Note 8 and already available Galaxy S8 here.
What are the rumoured features and specifications of the Note 8?
|Specifications||Samsung Galaxy Note 8|
|Display||6.3in, 18.5:9 Super AMOLED, Always-on display|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 835/Exynos 8895|
|Storage||64GB plus microSD|
|Primary camera||12Mp dual-lens rear camera (12Mp, f/1.7 wide-angle + f/2.4 telephoto with 2x optical zoom), OIS|
|Selfie camera||8Mp f/1.7|
|Extra features||S Pen stylus, rear fingerprint scanner and heart-rate sensor, DeX support|
|Battery||3,300mAh with wired (USB-C) and wireless fast charging|
|Colours||Midnight Black, Maple Gold, Orchid Grey, Sea Blue|
Despite the Galaxy S8 Plus measuring a mighty 6.2in, the Galaxy Note 8 will measure only 6.3in.
We would expect the screen to have a Quad-HD+ or even 4K resolution, and there is talk that it could get the latter, making the Note 8 Samsung’s first 4K smartphone. It’s highly likely to be a Super AMOLED panel.
We expect to see the same design changes in the Note 8 as we did this year’s Galaxy S upgrades, which means a larger, taller, pressure-sensitive screen, with the new 18.5:9 aspect ratio.
It’s a jump up from the 5.7in screen on the Note 7, sure, but there’s now very little difference to separate the two phablets.
Expect Samsung to go all out on improvements to the S Pen stylus and associated software in response.
The Note 8 is expected to feature a dual-lens camera at the back with OIS. It comprises one f/1.7 wide-angle lens and a second f/2.4 telephoto lens with 2x optical zoom. Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says it should be superior to that found in the iPhone 7 Plus.
Galaxy Club has unearthed the camera module it thinks the Note 8 will use. “We see, among other things, three times optical zoom, and greatly improved low-light performance. Also, there is a better HDR mode, and the ability to measure depth in 3D,” it reports.
It provides example shots of some of these features that you can see in the photo slideshow below. (Note that if you are using an ad blocker you won’t be able to see the controls to move to the next image.)
For selfies there will be an 8Mp f/1.7 camera at the front.
Many owners have complained about the positioning of the fingerprint scanner on the back of the Galaxy S8, but sadly this isn’t changing for the upcoming Note 8 if we are to believe the majority of leaked images and renders.
Core hardware and performance
The Note 8 should be a tad faster than the Galaxy S8 thanks to its extra RAM – 6GB rather than 4GB. However, it will use the same processor – the Exynos 8895 in the UK, and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 elsewhere. Both are 10nm chips.
The Note 8 will have 64GB of storage as standard, in addition to support for microSD. That puts it in line with the OnePlus 5.
There is reportedly going to be a version of the Note 8 known as the Emperor Edition that comes with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage, though it’s unlikely to be sold outside Korea. The most storage we’ll see in the UK is expected to be 128GB.
The Galaxy Note 8 has been spotted on Geekbench 4 where it recorded 6066 points in the multi-core component. This is actually a tad lower (vs 6466 points) than the Galaxy S8 running an Exynos chip we tested.
It has also been seen on AnTuTu, again confirming the above specifications.
Samsung is being naturally cautious in the battery department following the disaster that was the Note 7, so we’ll see just a 3,300mAh battery inside. It will fast-charge wired or wirelessly, with the former operating over USB-C.
Having acquired Harman Kardon, Samsung says it will utilise Harman’s audio brands, which include AKG and JBL, to “deliver enhanced customer benefits and elevate user experiences across Samsung’s complete portfolio of consumer and professional products and systems”.
In a recent conference call the company reportedly claimed that “The Galaxy Note 8 will feature more advanced, richer multimedia functionalities.”
According to Galaxy Club, a Samsung support page that went up too early and has now been pulled confirms there will be a dual-SIM version of the Galaxy Note 8 in Europe.
One thing we can pretty much guarantee is that the Note 8 will feature the same software as the Galaxy S8, which means Android Nougat, TouchWiz, and the brand-new Bixby AI assistant, with an update to Android O within a few months of its release.
The Note family stands out for its S Pen stylus support. Rumours say it could get an upgrade and integrate a new speaker. According to Patently Mobile, in September 2016 a patent was published by the US Patent & Trademark Office for the new stylus.
It says: “When the pen is being stored in the Galaxy Note body, the speaker, which is in the pen shaft, carries sound through the pen and exists at the top of the pen via a new speaker. When the pen is removed for the Note device the sound simply travels from the internal speaker through the pen shaft opening.”
Slashleaks has revealed the following image of the upcoming S Pen, though it looks to be much like its predecessor.
What will the Note 8 look like?
We’ve ditched all the older images from our rumour round-up, since the most recent render from @evleaks shows you the Note 8 from all angles. It looks just like the Galaxy S8 Plus, with an Infinity screen and a fingerprint scanner on the rear. But here there’s a dual-camera, too, as well as Samsung’s S-Pen. We should again see a dedicated Bixby key, a 3.5mm headphone jack and USB-C.
MobileFun has confirmed the official Samsung cases for the Note 8, which are now available to pre-order from its site. It says they tell us probable colours for the upcoming phone include Orchid Grey, Deep Blue, Black, Silver and Gold. It also says the case RRPs are slightly more expensive than in previous years, suggesting that in common with the Galaxy S8 the Note 8 is likely to see a price hike over the Note 7.
However, according to ET News, Samsung will actually be including a case in the box with the Galaxy Note 8. The site reports that the bundled Note 8 case will be transparent and will be thin to maintain the shape and grip.
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