Last years Galaxy Note 7 launch was a bit of a situation… Okay, it was a complete and utter disaster. It was a debacle of epic proportions. I could keep flipping through my thesaurus but you get the idea. Samsung has a lot of work to do to win back the trust of consumers. So, it goes without saying that the upcoming Galaxy Note 8 launch is incredibly important for the company. They need the Galaxy Note 8 to go head to head with the iPhone 8 and Google Pixel XL 2. Not only that, they need the Galaxy Note 8 to be so good that people forget the Galaxy Note 7 was banned from riding on airplanes. Not exactly an easy task. However, if any company is able to come out and impress people after literally burning a hole through their pocket just one year earlier; it’s Samsung.
One day after we got to see their teaser video for the upcoming flagship, the Galaxy Note 8 specifications have been leaked online via GFXBench. The specs confirm what we all expected: the Galaxy Note 8 is going to be one powerful smartphone. Take a look at the specs for yourself:
Let’s walk through this, shall we?
The first thing on the list of Galaxy Note 8 specifications is the OS. Obviously, the Galaxy Note 8 will be launching with Anroid 7.1.1. Hopefully we don’t have to wait too long before Android O comes to the Galaxy Note 8 after its official release.
The display is shown as a 6.4-inch screen with a resolution of 2960 x 1440. According to many leaks, the Galaxy Note 8 is going to be sporting an infinity display, much like we see in the Galaxy S8 and S8+. This means the the bezels are almost entirely gone and you get the most screen real estate possible. It’s hard to argue that the Galaxy S8 has one of the best displays on the market right now. If the Galaxy Note 8 can capture that same magic in a phablet form factor then we could have a real hit on our hands.
The model shown in this test is running an Exynos processor. The North American variant is likely going to ship with a Snapdragon 830. This shouldn’t make for much of a performance difference. The Samsung Galaxy S7 performed much better with the Exynos processor when compared with the Snapdragon but we didn’t see that trend continue in the Galaxy S8. I imagine the Snapdragon and Exynos variants of the Galaxy Note 8 perform very similarly to each other.
Also on that chart of Galaxy Note 8 specifications is 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. Again, this should help make the Galaxy Note 8 a blazing fast flagship device. It will also be interesting to see if Samsung continues their mobile computing push like they did with the DeX dock earlier this year. The Galaxy Note 8 will definitely have the power under the hood to run some great applications that could translate well to a desktop experience.
Beyond this GFXBench posting, we already know a lot about the Galaxy Note 8. For example, the Galaxy Note 8 camera features have been leaked through alleged marketing materials. With a dual camera sensor, the Galaxy Note 8 should be able to capture some incredible photos. The two lenses should allow for much better low-light performance over single camera sensors. The optical zoom feature will probably be one of the biggest differentiators for the Galaxy Note 8 camera when compared with other smartphone cameras on the market. Examples show the massive difference in sharpness and detail between optical zoom in the Galaxy Note 8 and digital zoom which is what most other smartphone cameras use. The results aren’t even in the same league. Optical zoom blows digital zoom out of the water. Also, the dual camera sensors allow for augmented reality measurements. Since the two sensors take photos at slightly different angles, software can use those images to measure height and distance of subjects in the photo. We know Apple will be making a big push in AR this fall and it will be interesting to see what, if anything, Samsung has up their sleeve.
Now that the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 specifications are out there for all to see, there really isn’t much to do but wait and see what Samsung has to announce at their event later this month. Obviously the Galaxy Note 8 will be the star of the show but there may be some unique and interesting features that managed to escape the summer of leaks and remain a surprise until the very last minute. Hopefully Samsung nails this launch and puts some pressure on the iPhone 8 and Google Pixel XL 2. No matter where your own allegiance lies, as a consumer, it’s always nice to see healthy competition.