Samsung Galaxy Note 8: What We Know So Far

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Samsung Galaxy Note 8: What We Know So Far
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It has been assumed for a while that Samsung will produce a Galaxy Note 8 before the calendar year is out, and the Korean corporation now seems to have confirmed this eventuality. Samsung accompanied some excellent financial results with a statement that seemed to confirm the existence of the Galaxy Note 8.

Official statement

“The company will strive to maintain profitability through robust sales of the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus and the launch of a new flagship smartphone in the second half,” the statement noted. Although this stopped short of specifically naming the Galaxy Note 8, it is rather easy to read between the lines and see that the next generation of the phablet range is currently being developed.

Samsung also announced that it believes market demand for smartphones will increase slightly in the next year or so, with solid replacement demand growth in the mid to high-end segment. This would naturally provide an environment in which the Galaxy Note 8 can flourish, and must have played some part in the decision of the Korean manufacturer to develop this next generation phablet.

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This cannot have been an easy decision to make following the disaster of the exploding Galaxy Note 7. Samsung has been on a PR offensive since this fiasco, but has managed to restore its reputation and brand image to some extent. This has been reflected in its recent sales and financial figures, which were surprisingly encouraging considering that the company has just absorbed one of the most difficult periods it will surely ever experience.

With the Galaxy Note range having garnered a positive image and reputation prior to the release of the Galaxy Note 8, it is only logical for Samsung to expand the series still further. Indeed, the Galaxy Note 7 had acquired outstanding reviews prior to its lack of stability being revealed. And Samsung’s mobile chief DJ Koh has already confirmed the intention of the company to construct a superior, more durable and innovative Galaxy Note 8 later this year.

IFA debut?

This week it has also been suggested that Samsung will reveal the Galaxy Note 8 at the IFA event in Berlin. This news came courtesy of a quotation from the IFA Executive Director Jens Heithecker, who suggested that the trade show would be the ideal place for the Korean company to take the wrapper of this next generation phablet.

“My personal perspective is that IFA would be the better place [to unveil the new Note smartphone]. The big advantage is that we have a lot of media and journalists from all around the world in Berlin. It is not possible to bring them all together in other cities wherever it is, in August. That’s our offer,” Heithecker commented.

While this is not an official confirmation of the unveiling date and location for the Galaxy Note 8, it does give keen fans of the Android device a clue as to when we may see the next generation phablet for the first time. A timeframe around September is thus possible, with IFA running between September 1 and 6 this year.

This would mean that the Galaxy Note 8 would run straight into the next generation iPhone 8, which is expected to release in September. However, there have also been reports that the forthcoming Apple device will be delayed, so Samsung will obviously be monitoring this possibility carefully. Perhaps the ideal scenario for Samsung would be to unveil the device in Germany, release it later in September, and see the iPhone 8 delayed until October, providing a convenient release window for the Note 8.

While Samsung has restored its reputation to some extent since the Galaxy Note 7 debacle, there is no doubt that the Korean company needs to deliver some new functionality when the Galaxy Note 8 finally arrives. And central to this, based on early rumors, has been the suggestion that the camera capabilities of the smartphone will be seriously bumped up.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Concept image

This possibility is absolutely reflected in a concept image produced by the graphic designer Muhsin M. Belaal Auckburaully, working in collaboration with with YouTube channel DBS Designing. This imagining of the Galaxy Note 8 suggests that Samsung will build on the stellar visage of the Galaxy S8, while imbuing the phablet with an even sleeker design, and outstanding photographic capabilities.

Auckburaully imagines a Galaxy Note 8 build with extremely slim bezels, with a powerful dual-lens camera included on the rear of the device. This latter feature would be a way of distinguishing the phablet from the Galaxy S8; certainly something of a challenge considering that arguably Samsung no longer produces a smartphone-sized mobile. Samsung will also retain the S Pen stylus in order to achieve this goal, with reports indicating that an innovative speaker system could be included in the peripheral on this occasion.

Kuo weighs in

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has stated that the dual-camera system, which somewhat resembles those already included in the iPhone 7 Plus and LG G6, will be the most important update in the Note 8 generation. 3x optical zoom, optical image stabilization on both lenses, and the ability to take both 12-megapixel wide angle and 13-megapixel telephoto shots will also be central to the functionality of the snapper, making it more than a match for any smartphone already available on the market.

In accordance with this, Kuo claims that the “Note 8’s dual-camera will be much better than that of iPhone 7 Plus and likely match that of OLED iPhone,” the latter of these devices being the anticipated iPhone 8. Apple is expected to embrace OLED for this handset when it is unveiled later this year.

With a raft of rumors, leaked images and official statements from Samsung all emerging, the next generation Galaxy Note 8 is beginning to take shape. The Bixby AI assistant should also have been significantly improved by this time, meaning that the flagship phablet from Samsung will be ready to reinvigorate this damaged, but not fatally wounded, brand.

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  1. Ignorance? I’m pretty sure the only ignorant one here is you muffin. FYI, you’re not the only one the had the Note 7, so calling me a liar is completely stupid and not factual at all. My refund was issued through my carrier, you have zero clue.
    If my opinion means nothing then why are you getting so angry responding by calling me names??
    Once you realize the world doesn’t owe you anything the happier you’ll be. I can’t imagine how rough it is being self entitled.
    I hope you have a wonderful day

  2. Yes, I was getting angry because of the months of many calls trying to get this solved. Your response was triggered by IGNORANCE!!!!

    You never had the Note 7 so stop lying jacka*s!!! No one was issued a refund in a week. NO ONE!

    Not only are you stupid and ignorant, but a liar too! Shut up and move on! Your opinion means nothing to me. Keep talking, I’m not going to read another word you have to say.

  3. Funny you say “triggered” when you’re the one getting all angry, this is laughable at best.
    Sounds like more of a carrier issue in waiting so long for a refund, mine was issued in under a week and I was given a fantastic deal on the galaxy S7 edge. As I said previous, you were owed a refund, you were given said refund and likely given a great deal on the galaxy. They don’t actually “owe” you anything else.
    Quit living in the past, and look forward to the future. The Note 8 is going to be far superior to the 7 anyways and it’s right around the corner. If you still have the mentality that you will still never buy a Samsung, oh well. Samsung will go on.
    I for one, will be enjoying thier products for years to come regardless of one blip.

  4. When was that announced? Where is it written? My many calls to Samsung/Verizon hasn’t yielded that kind of response. Everyone at Samsung/Verizon I’ve spoken to don’t know of such a deal. If you have info then please share it with me. I only had this Note 7 fiasco settled at the end of March. It took that long, and many, many phone calls, to finally settle this issue. That’s what morons like Manders, from above, don’t understand.

  5. Someone was Triggered!!! LOL I purchased a product, it didn’t work so I was then forced to buy a different product through no fault of my own. Sound familiar? It should, people all over the world become upset if they too spend $900 (or much less) on a product only to have to return it.

    Yes, they should help me get back into a new Note series. If I knew you, I would be able to point out you doing the same thing at some point.

    I will tell you something else. You know NOTHING jacka*s! It took MONTHS to get refunds after calling Samsung/Verizon time after time after time. I was told different things each time I called. Why do you say they owe me nothing, BECAUSE you didn’t go through the massive inconvenience that Samsung put me through. You DON’T KNOW what you’re talking about. I guarantee if you, or others here, had gone through what I had to then you’ve been just as angry. So stop running your mouth moron about things you know NOTHING about!!!!

  6. Make up for you losing your note 7? Are you joking? You got a full refund, s happens, they don’t owe your self entitled a anything, but you know what? You’ll probably still get a deal, princess.

    You say you’ll never buy a Samsung product again… did you get that mentality AFTER you bought the Galaxy S7???

    Your threat at media war is laughable at best, get over yourself, pull up your manties and grow up.

    Step down from your high horse, they don’t OWE you anything, they made it right!! Damn needy millennial!!

  7. The S5 is not as good as the S8 as far as being water proof and the S5 is bulkier. I used to be of the same opinion as you, but came to a different view

  8. Don’t forget the s5 had a removable battery and would have survived your drop into the bathtub. It is possible to have a “waterproof” phone and have a removable battery.

    If you work in the field, there aren’t any outlets available. A removable battery becomes essential.

    Also… No matter how fast quick charging is, it will never be as fast as swapping a battery. A battery is a lot easier to carry than a charger and cable.

  9. You remind me of ME, forty years ago when they first started banning smoking in various places and I was still at two packs a day. It didn’t matter to me what was real, only wanted to be RIGHT, because I wanted to kill myself in peace. I was very dedicated to the removable battery. Kept a separate charger and THREE replacement batteries for my Note 4. I also went through the Note 7 debacle, tried the LG and settled “for now” for an s7. Truth is, I haven’t run out of juice yet, as the rapid charging has improved, as well as the energy efficiency of the device.
    It made me a bit nervous at first, and I’m STILL waiting for the Note 8, however I dropped my s7 in the tub the other day. One quick wipe, and it was good to go! I lost quite a bit of resistance to the nonremovable battery at that point. As you know, the device replacement stuff won’t usually cover a water-damaged phone. If the Note 8 is as good or better than the s8+, I’ll be a happy camper. Gotta have my S-Pen!

  10. I don’t care how good it is, I will NEVER buy a Samsung product again until they make up for me losing my Note 7 last year. I ended up with the S7 Edge, but I wanted the larger screen. If Samsung doesn’t assist me into a new, larger Note 8, I will start a war with them through the media and NOT go away until I get what I want. Having to pay $800 for a phone I didn’t really want, when for only $100 more, I DID have the phone I wanted. $800!!!! No, I wasn’t forced to buy it, but the S7 Edge was the closet thing to the Note 7 I could get and I did buy the larger LG V20, but didn’t like it. Samsung better not think they can just forget about us Note 7 buyers!!!!

  11. I believe that your intent is to belittle what I said, only there is no need to or to be rude. What I said is a fact, all that you need to say from what I understand to be your position is that you believe the battery replacement process to be more than it’s worth. Which I would totally understand, because we all are entitled to our opinions and preferences. I hope you find what you are looking for in a phone. It’s good to have a phone to meet one’s needs as it has become so much a part of our lives. Peace be with you.

  12. Lithium Ion batteries do wear out after extensive use. I’ve never claimed otherwise. What I did mention, is that for many, they will last longer than they will have the phone for. I didn’t send my phone off or have it replaced when I had the battery changed. Anyway, that’s how it worked for me, and I like having a water proof phone.
    Nice attack on the Note 7, though I don’t think having a replacable battery would have helped, that should be clear from the initial replacement for the Note 7. Anyway, good try.

  13. Nope. Lithium batteries wear out. That is a FACT. And there aren’t service centers around everywhere to get the battery changed. You have to send it off…. They just replace the phone. Regardless… It’s a bigger hassle then just popping the back off myself and replacing it.

    Imagine how easy it would have been with the exploding note phones to have been able to just replace the battery rather than recall the entire line. Lolol.

  14. The author seemed to have taken every opportunity to bad talk Samsung where they could have, but have done so at the expense of being untruthful. If you are reporting the news, do so, then if you wish to give your opinion based off of the facts, do so, but don’t lie. The author of this article mentions that Samsung has repaired it’s “reputation to some extent.” What does that mean? Samsung’s sales and stock are strong and exceeding expectations. And according to many blogs and people I’ve talked to they all mention that the Note 7 was a good phone, all of the problems are due to a battery problem, which Samsung didn’t make. Surprisingly the author didn’t mention one word of all the precautions Samsung has put in place to help ensure quality control or the many added features that allow phone customization witout having to download an app, or the removal of a lot of bloat-ware helping to keep the phone running smoothly. I could continue, but won’t waste my time.

  15. Did it ditch S-Notes for Samsung Notes again? If so, I don’t need that watered-down crap. The S Pen is crippled without Action Memos, Shape Recognition, etc etc. They’ve stopped listening to the user complaints. Just go look at the appstore review of Samsung Notes and you’ll see how they’ve ignored people since the release of Samsung Notes.

  16. You are incorrect, the battery life in the newer Galaxys last a long time, most likely longer than you’ll use the phone and you can have the battery replaced, you just need to have it done at a service center.

  17. We also know that it is, by far, the most explosive handset in the market. As expected from Samsung, a company on fire. This device will become a flaming success.

  18. I stopped buying Samsung phones when they stopped having a removable battery. Cell phone batteries crap out all of the time. Not having a removable battery means I have to replace the whole phone.

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