UPDATE 06-01-2017: New leaked footage and images of the Galaxy Note 8 suggest that the next generation phablet will be significantly larger than previous previous releases in the series. There is no doubt that Samsung has a difficult job to restore the reputation of the Galaxy Note concept, following the fiasco related to the exploding Galaxy Note 7.
6.3-inch screen reported for Galaxy Note 8
SamMobile is responsible for the leak in question, with the publication having provided a significant amount of accurate information previously. Video and images published by the website purport to provide an indication of a 6.3-inch display panel for the Galaxy Note 8. This size, which will be 6-inches larger than the screen included in the Galaxy Note 7, has been strongly rumored previously.
This means that the Galaxy Note 8 would be the largest smartphone that Samsung has ever manufactured, at least in terms of display real estate. But it is unlikely to significantly impact on the size of the phone itself, with Samsung widely tipped to ensure that the Galaxy Note 8 features a wraparound display with minimal bezels.
The Infinity design that was previously utilized in the Galaxy S8 has proved particularly popular with both consumers and critics, and this means that the Korean corporation is ready to migrate the concept to other Samsung releases. Thus, we will likely see a large, curved OLED display included in the Galaxy Note 8, with an 18.5:9 aspect ratio. The smartphone will be slim but tall, with a particularly narrow border around its edges.
It is also increasingly expected that Samsung will integrate the fingerprint sensor in the Galaxy Note 8 within the display of the device. This had been planned for the Galaxy S8 series, but Samsung encountered technical difficulties which made it impossible.
Refurbished Note 7
This is something that Samsung would rather avoid after the Galaxy Note 7 debacle, although there is at least some prospect of salvation on the horizon. Reports have indicated that the company is almost ready to release some of the old Galaxy Note 7 units in a repackaged and refurbished form. However, the $620 pricetag may be prohibitive for some consumers, particularly with affordable competitors such as the OnePlus 5 soon to be available.
UPDATE 03-17-2017: An intriguing report this week suggests that Samsung may be imitating the iPhone range when the Galaxy Note 8 hits the stores. With Samsung having been involved in supplying components for the iPhone series, it is suggested that it has gained inspiration from this process and will ape one of the most distinctive iPhone 7 features.
OLED 3D Touch
Korean reports suggest that Samsung is working on a pressure-sensitive OLED touch display, and that this could debut in both the iPhone 8 and Galaxy Note 8. This 3D Touchscreen will incorporate the 3D Touch functionality that has been part of previous LCD generations, updating it for the contemporary marketplace.
Samsung has reportedly already debuted this screen at the Mobile World Congress, although it was obviously not part of the public trade show. Samsung supposedly gave a behind closed doors demonstration of the potential of this device, and it is now believed that it could make its first appearance in the Galaxy Note 8, before being part of the iPhone 8 later this year. “The latest technology boasts higher sensitivity and a wider range of pressure-sensing levels compared to the previous one used in Huawei’s P9 in 2015,” a source close to the Apple supply chain commented.
However, it is not yet clear whether the new components will be ready in time for the Galaxy Note 8. While the technology is not quite in prototype state, it may not be prepared for mass consumption in time for the August and September release dates of the Galaxy Note 8 and iPhone 8 respectively.
But it is obvious that both Apple and Samsung would love to embrace this in the next generation of their devices, as the new feature will effectively replaced the virtual Home button. It has been widely reported that both Apple and Samsung are looking to phase out this frequent feature of mobiles this year, and this new technology could obviously play a major part in this process.
It would undoubtedly be a major filip for Samsung to include some form of pressure-sensitive technology in the Galaxy Note 8, as this was seen as a major innovation and selling point of the iPhone 7. it would also be an obvious way that Samsung could retain all the existing functionality of the Galaxy Note range while also removing the Home button.
Elsewhere, it has been suggested this week that Samsung will include a dual-camera in the Galaxy Note 8. reports have focused on the Korean manufacturer updating its camera capabilities in an attempt to impress consumers ahead of what will effectively be a relaunch of the Galaxy Note series.
It is notable that Samsung recently unveiled its latest high-spec Exynos 8895 chipset, and this features provisions for supporting dual-camera technology. This suggests that the chip will feature in the Galaxy Note 8, and that the chipset will play a part in delivering dual-lens technology.
Leaks from close to the Samsung supply chain also suggest that the dual-camera technology that Samsung will include in the Galaxy Note 8 differs from some of the other examples already present in the marketplace. It is believed that the dual-sensor snapper that Samsung wishes to include in the Galaxy Note 8 features two differing sensors. The first of these is described as high-powered, while the other is low-powered. This suggests a similar setup to devices previously released by HTC.
Considering that the Galaxy Note 8 should also include a significantly more powerful chipset, it is fair to assert that the photographic capabilities of the next generation device will be a big improvement over even the doomed Galaxy Note 7. It is easy to forget now that this particular handset was the recipient of excellent reviews prior to its exploding demise.
Additionally, it is also known that the Exynos 8895 has the potential to support megapixel ratings of up to 28-megapixels for both rear and front sensors. Whether Samsung will take advantage of this remains to be seen, but it has led some pundits to speculate that the megapixel rating of the smartphone could be increased significantly over previous generations. Thus, the Korean corporation could inch up the camera in the Galaxy Note 8 to 16-megapixels, at least according to some reports.
Forbes also suggested this week that a dual-camera had been considered for the Galaxy S8 before Samsung shelved the idea. It is not known why this decision was taken, or whether there were technological or logistical problems. Another possibility is that Samsung wishes to distinguish the Galaxy Note range from the Galaxy S series by including a dual-camera.
But what has emerged from the Galaxy S8 generation is that Samsung has a prototype of a duall-camera module available. This means that adapting it for the