Galaxy Note 8 Release Date, Price, Specs, Features

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Galaxy Note 8 Release Date, Price, Specs, Features
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Galaxy Note 8 Release Date, Price, Specs, Features
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Galaxy Note 8 Release Date, Price, Specs, Features
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Galaxy Note 8 Release Date, Price, Specs, Features
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Galaxy Note 8 Release Date, Price, Specs, Features
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Galaxy Note 8 Release Date, Price, Specs, Features
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Galaxy Note 8 Release Date, Price, Specs, Features
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Galaxy Note 8 Release Date, Price, Specs, Features
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Galaxy Note 8 Release Date, Price, Specs, Features
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Galaxy Note 8 Release Date, Price, Specs, Features
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Galaxy Note 8 Release Date, Price, Specs, Features
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Galaxy Note 8 Release Date, Price, Specs, Features
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Galaxy Note 8 Release Date, Price, Specs, Features
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Galaxy Note 8 Release Date, Price, Specs, Features
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Galaxy Note 8 Release Date, Price, Specs, Features
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Galaxy Note 8 Release Date, Price, Specs, Features
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Galaxy Note 8 Release Date, Price, Specs, Features
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Galaxy Note 8 Release Date, Price, Specs, Features
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Galaxy Note 8 Release Date, Price, Specs, Features
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Galaxy Note 8 Release Date, Price, Specs, Features
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Galaxy Note 8 Release Date, Price, Specs, Features
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Galaxy Note 8 Release Date, Price, Specs, Features
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Galaxy Note 8 Release Date, Price, Specs, Features
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Galaxy Note 8 Release Date, Price, Specs, Features
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Galaxy Note 8 Release Date, Price, Specs, Features
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UPDATE 02-21-2017: Samsung continues to prepare this critical next generation device release, there have been question marks emerging this week regarding the branding of the Galaxy Note 8. While the disastrous exploding Galaxy Note 7 has undoubtedly been bad for business, it seemed certain that Samsung had committed to continuing the Galaxy Note range by releasing the Galaxy Note 8.


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Weibo report

But a report this week emanating from the hugely popular Chinese social media website Weibo indicates the intention of Samsung to rebrand the phablet. It is suggested that Samsung will utilize a name for the Galaxy Note 8 that reflects its pairing with the S Pen stylus. It is not yet clear what precisely this may be, but previous leaks have suggested that the device has already been codenamed as Baikal.


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Exynos chipset leaked

The social media site also gave a glimpse into the forthcoming proprietary Exynos chipset, and the indication is that the next generation Samsung smartphone will feature a hugely powerful version of the Exynos 9 series. In order to attract consumers back to its phablet series, regardless of the branding of the device, it is essential for the Korean consumer electronics giant to deliver something truly outstanding. This will mean that Samsung is likely to take chances with the internal mechanisms of the handset.


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Galaxy Note 8


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There is also an onus on Samsung to distinguish between the Galaxy Note 8 and the forthcoming Galaxy S8. Both devices are equally important for the company, with the Galaxy S8 needing to create some good will after the Galaxy Note 7 fiasco. But the Galaxy Note 8 must deliver some new and unique features, and be perceived to some extent as more powerful than the Galaxy S8 if it is to remain relevant.

4K mooted

Other reports this week have suggested that Samsung has already decided on a 4K resolution display for its next generation phablet. The Korean corporation has been linked with the embracing of 4K resolution for some time, but it seems that Samsung is finally willing to take the plunge and include this important ultra-HD technology in the Note 8.


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Samsung is also expected to improve the virtual reality functionality included in the handset, with a focus on compatibility with its own Gear VR wearable. 2017 could be the year that virtual reality really begins to take off, after the successful launch of the PlayStation VR headset and the growing user base for Oculus Rift.


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Sony link denied

Meanwhile, the latest rumors on the battery included in the Galaxy Note 8 suggests that Samsung has settled on trusting its previous supplier. There had been reports, particularly from CNet, which suggested that Samsung would enlist Sony as a supply of batteries for its next generation Galaxy Note 8. But it is now believed that Samsung will continue to use Amperex, although there may be scope for the Korean company to enlist other suppliers to participate as well.

The Galaxy Note 8 is beginning to take shape, even if the final name of this handset remains in doubt.


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UPDATE 02-17-2017: The Galaxy Note 8 is beginning to take shape now, even though we won’t get our hands on the phablet for several months. Samsung recently held a press conference to discuss the reason that the Galaxy Note 7 mett such a sticky end, during which the head of the Korean company’s mobile division, D.J. Koh, confirmed the existence of the Galaxy Note 8. And it emerged in the immediate aftermath of this event that the Galaxy Note 8 is internally codenamed ‘Baikal’.

Concept video emerges

And so with the existence of the Galaxy Note 8 confirmed, those interested in the future direction of this phablet have begun to get their thinking caps on. This has already resulted this week in an interesting fan-made Galaxy Note 8 concept video. TechConfigurations used a combination of information known about the imminent Galaxy S8 and and forthcoming Galaxy Note 8 in order to produce the video in question.


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This speculative video suggests that the Galaxy Note 8 will benefit from particularly tiny bezels, with the screen of the device being extended further still. The front and back glass of the device will be curved, while the fingerprint scanner of the phablet will be mounted on the rear of the handset.


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Blass leaks clue

Notable Samsung leaker Evan Blass has also tweeted to clear up some information regarding the Galaxy S8 that gives us a clue about the forthcoming Note 8 as well. Blass suggests that a Galaxy S8+ version will feature a 6.2-inch display, indicating that the Galaxy Note 8 screen may be even larger than this.

It is thus interesting to note that a list of rumoured specs for the Galaxy Note 8 this week included a potential 6.4-inch 4K curved Infinity display. There is still some debate over whether Samsung will indeed make the bold move of including 4K resolution in the Galaxy Note 8, or whether the safer option of sticking to Quad HD will be taken. There is no doubt that fans of the Galaxy Note range would love to see the device embrace 4K resolution in the next generation, but this remains uncertain.


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Camera upgrade

Reports this week have also suggested that Samsung will improve the megapixel capabilities of the camera included in the Galaxy Note 8, with a 16-megapixel dual-lens unit with optical image stabilization and f/1.7 aperture being floated. There is no doubt that the photographic capabilities of smartphone devices are increasingly critical to their success, and Samsung will be looking to deliver something outstanding once more when the Note 8 hits the stores.


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Brand challenges

Finally, a survey conducted by the UK-based price comparison service uSwitch this week suggests that Samsung has its work cut out to achieve exemplary sales figures with the Galaxy Note 8. In a poll of more than 1,200 site users, only 7% cited the Galaxy Note 8 as the handset that they are most looking forward to in 2017. This was little more than one-third the number that were eagerly awaiting the Galaxy S8.

It seems that Samsung has some work to do in order to convince consumers to return to this ill-fated brand.


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UPDATE 02-10-2017: As fans of Android devices await concrete news on the Galaxy Note 8, a concept video has provided an impression on how this phablet may turn out. Tech Configurations is the source of the impression in question, with the YouTube channel providing a more feasible view of the Galaxy Note 8 than is often the case with concept images.

The handset in this video is notable for its edge-to-edge screen, with only a tiny strip of bezel available for the earpiece and mouthpiece of the device. This is very much in tune with the latest murmurings on smartphones, with Apple reportedly considering such a setup for the iPhone 8.


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Tech Configurations also believes that the Galaxy Note 8 will indeed deliver 4K resolution for the first time in a Samsung handset. This ultra-high screen resolution has been linked with devices produced by the Korean Corporation for some time, but Samsung has always opted against embracing 4K thus far. The 5.7-inch display included in the concept is protected

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