Samsung’s forthcoming Galaxy Note 8 will undoubtedly be one of the most important releases in the history of the corporation, and it seems that Galaxy Note 8 storage may be boosted in order to acknowledge this. A major leak from China has provided several important details related to this flagship device, with battery size, RAM and processor information all forthcoming.
But it is Galaxy Note 8 storage options that will perhaps gain the most attention, with Samsung ready to provide significantly more options for consumers in the forthcoming generation. Weibo tipster Ice Universe has cited South Korean media which indicates that there will be two major models of the Galaxy Note 8 when the phablet is released.
64GB and 128GB options will be provided by the Korean corporation, with this possibility also being backed up by another leaker. The website Osen also states that Galaxy Note 8 storage will be 64GB and 128GB in the forthcoming generation, which represents a departure from previous Samsung policy.
Elsewhere, it is also suggested by Ice Universe that the Galaxy Note 8 will benefit from a 6.3-inch Super AMOLED display with 2K resolution and 18.5:9 aspect ratio. It should be noted that the resolution of the phablet will probably near 3,000 pixels lengthways, matching the Galaxy S8 release from earlier this year.
The leaker also suggests that this forthcoming phablet will be powered by the Exynos 8895 processor or the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor depending on the region in which it is purchased. Once again, Samsung is set to use its proprietary technology in the East Asian marketplace, with the Snapdragon processor being used in North America and Western markets.
The camera included in the Galaxy Note 8 will also be particularly impressive, with a dual 12-megapixel camera setup with optical image stabilization capabilities included. The smartphone camera arena will be a real battleground in 2017, with Apple also expected to release an iPhone 8 unit with an impressive dual-camera as well.
Reports from South Korea also suggest that Samsung will slightly upgrade the battery in the Galaxy Note 8, although the Korean company will understandably err on the side of caution in this department. After all, it was the battery in the Galaxy Note 7 at that caused it to explode and ultimately be recalled.
Sources from close to the Samsung supply chain also suggest that there will be 6GB of RAM included in this phablet, which seems essential considering that the specs of the device are generally rather similar to the existing Galaxy S8 plus. Indeed, it is becoming an increasing problem for Samsung to separate its flagship smartphone and phablet releases, considering that the Galaxy S8 range is growing ever larger and delivering increasingly impressive specifications.
Of course, the inclusion of the S Pen stylus is one way that Samsung will distinguish the Galaxy Note 8 from the Galaxy S8, and this peripheral may have some particularly impressive functionality this time out. An innovative speaker system has been linked with the S Pen, while reports of vibration-related features have also been prominent.
Finally, the Weibo leaker suggest that the Galaxy Note 8 will be available in Black, Blue, and Gold color variants. This means that iPhone consumers will have more choice when the iPhone 8 is released, at least based on media reports and previous generations, but at least consumers have some options with the Note 8.
Considering that the Galaxy Note 8 storage is already being improved over the previous generation, it will be interesting to see whether Samsung also includes micro SD in this release. This has been a common policy of the corporation over several generations, with the flexibility provided by this technology greatly appreciated by consumers.
Osen has already quoted an unnamed Samsung executive who suggested that it will be possible to boost the Galaxy Note 8 storage up to 256GB via microSD. But considering the anonymity of this individual, this cannot be considered a solid position at this time.
The leak regarding the two Galaxy Note 8 storage variants is new, and can be considered an added bonus for Samsung consumers. It had been asserted previously that the Apple iPhone range is offering fans of the series more than the Galaxy Note consumer in this department, and Samsung has clearly moved to address the situation, at least according to this latest rumor.
Previous leaks from close to the Samsung supply chain have suggested that the Galaxy Note 8 design will be rather similar to the existing Galaxy S8, with a wraparound display dominating the front panel of the device. This will necessitate several aspects of the smartphone being moved around, and thus the fingerprint scanner is expected to be included on the rear of the device, alongside the dual-camera.
However, other reports have suggested that Samsung will instead embed the fingerprint sensor within the display of the Galaxy Note 8, in an innovation that has also been linked with the Apple iPhone range.
Price and release date
While reports have suggested that the iPhone 8 may retail at a prize in excess of $1,000, it seems unlikely that the Galaxy Note 8 will be this expensive. Considering that the phablet is charged with reinvigorating this somewhat discredited device range, Samsung will feel obliged to ensure that the Galaxy Note 8 launches at an extremely affordable price point.
This means that the price could be frozen from the Galaxy Note 7 last year, or possibly even reduced, meaning that we will see the Galaxy Note 8 released at a price tag of between $700 and $800. With other Android variants such as the Google Pixel 2 and OnePlus 5 now serious competitors, Samsung must pay close heed to pricing.
In terms of the release, Samsung is likely to ensure that the phablet appears on the market before the iPhone 8, making an August release date probable.