We’re into the home stretch now, as a far the the Galaxy Note 8 launch is concerned. With the device being announced within a week, it won’t be long until Samsung fans can get their hands on the upcoming flagship phablet. Of course, just because the launch is coming shortly doesn’t mean we don’t love leaks! This one might be one of the most detailed leaks we have seen to date. Ausdroid got their hands on a Galaxy Note 8 marketing booklet which shows off some images of the device as well as a lot of features and details. Ready to dive in?
The first section of the Galaxy Note 8 marketing booklet gives us a great look at what is, basically, a confirmed design. As you can see, the Galaxy Note 8 has a infinity display which is much like the display we see on the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. There are two colors shown off in the booklet as well. You can see a gold and a black color. Previous rumors had indicated there would be blue and grey also available as color options. They may not have made it into the booklet, they may not exist, or they may be regional releases. Hopefully we find out more on launch day regarding colors.
Some of those icons there may be hard to make out but they relate to specific features of the Galaxy Note 8. A 6.3-inch QHD display is confirmed as well as an iris scanner. We can also see that the Galaxy Note 8 will be IP68 water and dusty resistant.
On the camera front, the booklet appears to confirm that the Galaxy Note 8 dual camera will offer 2.0x optical zoom. We saw some examples of camera features in a previous Samsung Galaxy Note 8 marketing material leak (Samsung needs to lock down their marketing materials a little tighter, evidently). The optical zoom is going to be a huge difference from the digital zoom that you typically find in smartphones. Shots taken at a distance will have much sharper, clearer edges. Also, the dual camera sensors will allow the camera to take in more light which should greatly improve low-light performance over single sensor smartphone cameras. What I’m most interested to see, however, is the augmented reality capabilities of the Galaxy Note 8. We know Apple is making a big AR play this fall with the dual camera sensors on the iPhone 8 and the ARKit built right into iOS 11. Samsung’s marketing materials indicated something that could do with AR but the image wasn’t a great explanation of what could be on deck. It may have been showing off the potential of AR but hopefully Samsung has something up their sleeve for the reveal date to get us excited.
This page of the Galaxy Note 8 marketing booklet shows off some details about the S Pen. Most interesting about this page is where it says, “pressure sensitive.” We had been hearing some rumors about the Galaxy Note 8 display being pressure sensitive but this is a nice confirmation. The Galaxy S8 and S8+ had pressure sensitive displays but they were limited in what they could do. The Galaxy Note 8 is clearly going to be a step above and that should allow you artists to draw some awesome images with the new S Pen. The material also notes that you can write memos even while the display is off. The Galaxy Note 8 will be the perfect note taking companion.
This is just a taste of everything the Galaxy Note 8 has to offer. I’m sure we will get to see a lot more information once the device is officially announced by Samsung. We’ve had a summer full of leaks and now it seems like things are finally coming to a conclusion, which, is really the beginning of the Galaxy Note 8 lifespan. Hopefully the Galaxy Note 8 is good enough to make people forget about last year’s disastrous Galaxy Note 7 launch. Plus, Samsung needs to ensure their device is ready to go head to head with the much-anticipated iPhone 8 this fall. And, as if the iPhone 8 wasn’t enough competition; Google will be launching the Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2. Samsung definitely has their work cut out for them but the Galaxy Note 8 looks like it has a lot of great things going for it. I’m excited to see how people feel once they have Samsung’s new flagship in their hands. Are you excited for the Galaxy Note 8 or are you going to hold off until some early impressions start rolling in?