UPDATE 08-22-2017: As the clock continues to take down to the release of the Galaxy Note 8, ValueWalk has all the latest news and rumors about this phablet contender.
Unpacked in New York will finally reveal one of the most important hardware releases in the history of the smartphone. The Galaxy Note 8 will be expected to reinvigorate a product line seriously damaged by the exploding Galaxy Note 7. Technology watchers all over the world will be observing this event very closely, as we finally find out precisely what the Korean corporation has in mind for its flagship phablet.
With Samsung having seemingly accidentally revealed an image of the next generation device on its website, many believe that the key features of this handset have already been made clear. Initially spotted by some keen tweeters, the new device appears to include a massive Infinity display that pretty much dominates the front panel of the device.
This is hardly a surprise following the release of the Galaxy S8 earlier this year, with the wraparound screen from that particular smartphone set to migrate to the Galaxy Note 8. This design will enable Samsung to increase the size of display included in the Galaxy Note 8, while keeping the device relatively compact. This means that the expected size for the Infinity screen is 6.3-inches.
Home button gone
Another revelation of this image is the notion that the Galaxy Note 8 will not feature a Home button. This has been predicted in many quarters, with Apple also expected to remove this common feature from the iPhone 8 this year. The reverse panel of the device in the image also featured a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, so this physical feature is expected to be retained from the Galaxy S8 as well.
Elsewhere, the S Pen stylus was also clearly visible, while it seems that the Galaxy Note 8 will feature 64GB of storage once more. While Samsung hasn’t confirmed the inclusion of microSD, this is widely anticipated considering its enthusiasm for this technology in previous releases.
Other sources have suggested that Samsung could introduce new storage quantities, with 128GB and 256GB versions linked with the Galaxy Note 8 range. It seems more likely on balance that Samsung will retain its previous policy of releasing just one Galaxy Note unit.
It is also widely anticipated that the Galaxy Note 8 will feature a dual-lens camera. Indeed, legendary analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has suggested that the photographic capabilities of the Galaxy Note 8 will far exceed those of the existing iPhone 7 Plus. What sort of response Apple will have in this department with the iPhone 8 range remains to be seen.
One interesting aspect of the dual-camera included in the Galaxy Note 8 is its ability to bring depth of field effects to the Samsung phablet for the first time. This can be considered a direct response to the corporation’s great rival Apple, as the iPhone 7 has benefited from this feature over the last 12 months.
While the design of the Galaxy Note 8 will be rather similar to the existing Galaxy S8 Plus, there are also some key differences to note. The display corners of this phablet are less rounded than the previous Galaxy S8 release, while the shorter, steep slope on the sides of the smartphone are also tangible in the leaked image. Most observers agree, though, that the design of the Infinity display is rather similar to the existing Galaxy S8 Plus, despite being marginally larger.
4K resolution debate
While many Samsung fans are still doubtless hoping that the Galaxy Note 8 benefits from the first 4K resolution screen in the history of the Samsung products, this looks increasingly unlikely. The Korean manufacturer is instead expected to arm the Galaxy Note 8 with the same Quad HD exceeding resolution that was included in the Galaxy S8 release.
Although it may be a minor disappointment that Samsung is still reluctant to embrace 4K resolution just yet, the decision will still put the ball firmly in Apple’s court. No iPhone device has currently offered more than full HD resolution, meaning that there will be pressure on the Californian corporation to deliver at least one Quad HD handset in 2017.
A powerful Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835 processor will also be included in the Galaxy Note 8 in the United States market, with the octa-core architecture of the Galaxy Note 7 expected to be retained. There will also be 6GB of native LPDDR4 RAM fitted as standard, adding up to an extremely powerful package for this flagship phablet.
IP68 dust and water-resistance is also anticipated for this next generation mobile, as Samsung looks to ensure that the Galaxy Note 8 is as durable as possible. Speaking of durability, the Korean manufacturer has also been extremely keen to emphasize the great lengths it has gone to to ensure that there will be no repeat of the Galaxy Note 7 fiasco.
Central to this process has been the introduction of a new eight-point testing procedure, intended to weed out any problems with the battery pack included well before any Galaxy Note 8 units begin exploding. With this in mind, Samsung is expected to include a smaller 3,300 mAh battery in the Galaxy Note 8, ensuring that the problems of the last generation are not repeated.
Running Android 7.1 Nougat out of the box, the Galaxy Note 8 will also pack in an 8-megapixel front-facing camera, while improvements to the voice assistant Bixby have also been anticipated. There is certainly room for improvement with this AI program, and Samsung has reportedly been beavering away behind-the-scenes in order to ensure that it impresses more this time out.
This all hints at a very exciting Galaxy Note 8 release, and it is just hours from now that Samsung will confirm its existence and all the final details.
UPDATE 07-28-2017: Ahead of the release of the Galaxy Note 8, the latest earnings for the Samsung corporation are rather promising. The net profit of the Korean company reached 11.05 trillion South Korean won over the last quarter (approximately $10 billion). The Wall Street Journal notes that this represents a 90 per cent increase in just 12 months, with the hotly anticipated Note 8 still to come.
According to Samsung, “the Galaxy S8 and S8+ have outsold the Galaxy S7 series in almost all regions,” with the S8+ accounting for over 50 per cent of sales of the S8 series. Samsung is also coining in the money with component sales, with both memory and display units proving particularly popular. Samsung has achieved massive financial gain in its memory business via SSD and DRAM sales, while display panel growth has also been demonstrated thanks to huge demand for OLED panels.
In this respect, the forthcoming iPhone 8 may be as important for Samsung as Apple, with the Californian corporation switching to OLED technology this time round. Samsung is likely to be the component supplier for the