Big news everyone, Samsung is releasing a new Note and its release date is less than two months away. Which means it will beat the latest edition of the iPhone to market. This could be the biggest comeback since Wayne Rooney’s hairline. We all know what happened last time (cue explosions), so what have Samsung got up their sleeve for the next S-Pen equipped smartphone.

While the Note 7 will probably go down in history as the very worst smartphone of all time, you know with all the blowing up and that,  spec wise it was actually a bad ass bit of kit. Where does Samsung go from here? Well, think S8 with a stylus.

It’s crazy to think the Note as we know it will live on in its previous form, Samsung will build on top of its new all-screen technology, and the Note series will continue to be Samsung’s high-end, at times experimental smartphone.

So we know the Note is due out in the near future, so its time to dive into the Note rumours as the release drawers closer.

The simple stuff

Right, so the basics of the Note 8 are simple. It’s going to be the new phablet smartphone from Samsung that we expect it to be released in August. You can expect it’s going to cost quite a bit, about €1000 roughly.

This has been confirmed by the bigwigs at Samsung, but they haven’t gone into any more detail. However, we expect that August will be the release in order to beat the buzz on the latest iPhone. This also lines up with the release of both the Note 5 & 7.

The leaks

Having gone through all of the bits and bobs the internet has to throw up, we have cleared up the nonsense to get you the most legit rumours around.

Screen

As per usual the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will once again have a groundbreaking display. We’re predicting that the Note 8 will be one of the first smartphones with a pixel-dense 4K screen. But why do you need a 4K resolution on a phone? The answer is you don’t. I mean the Samsung S8 range is sexy enough with a Full HD 1080p in its battery saving mode. But the 4K comes into its own when paired with the Samsung Gear VT. Yes, HD VR!!!! Kobold I will not be, seeing you any time soon.

The Note 8 will be rocking a bigger display than in the past, a rumoured a 6.2-inch Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is more likely, because the Galaxy S8 Plus has reached that tipping point. It’s really hard to see it being any smaller than that. There is also a good chance that the screen could be 6.4” infinity display similar to that of the S8 range.

There was a mad rumour about the Note 8 having  a foldable display, but not a hope in hell will we see this – yet. Samsung are rumoured to be prepping to foldable phones for the next year though which is a fun thought.

Battery

Really trying to not make any battery related jokes here, but the battery here has to not only be big and powerful, but it will also have to be the safest battery we have ever seen. Even standard enough overheating issues (they happen) can’t happen here. As long as it doesn’t blow up, then that is all that we can ask for.

The Note 7 findings confirmed that the explosions were the result of two different battery failures. So we expect Samsung to play it cool with a smaller battery capacity than it could technically go with. Hopefully, we won’t see any more ads showing how great Samsung’s testing is.

Design

In short we reckon that the style will follow that of the Samsung  S8, with a glass and metallic form, the infinity display and slight curvature to add style to the front face.

Again like the S8 range the new Note 8 won’t have a button on the front face, but will instead have a pressure-sensitive screen that brings up different menus and options depending on how hard you press the display. It sounds similar to the 3D Touch system made by Apple, however we are hoping that the guys from Samsung will figure out how to put the finger print sensor into the display. While I have no problem at all with the scanner being on the back beside the camera, it can be a pain in the hole – smudging and whatnot.

Camera

Samsung’s camera is due for an upgrade, and the Galaxy Note 8 is Samsung’s playground to try new things. Let’s face it the 12MP camera has not changes since the Samsung Galaxy S7. They obviously have updated the software throughout the models but we still see the Note coming up with something different.

We feel a dual lens is what we’re going to see this time around. Supposedly, the Galaxy Note 8 will have a 12MP wide-angle lens and a 13MP telephoto one, and you’ll be able to combine them for a 3x optical zoom. Again, very Apple of them is it not?

Look, we are expecting Samsung to jump on the dual lens thing sooner rather than later so realistically the Note 8 seems like the best candidate.

The other stuff

Randomly, the stylus could have something interesting going on, with a huge rumour coming off the back of a recent patent. The stylus could have a built in speaker, why we have no idea but why the hell not. Maybe it will act as a Dictaphone and recite your notes back to you?

Usual add ons will be included like the Iris scanner that we have already seen in the S8 range, but after a group of hackers managed to bypass this we will probably see updated tech in the scanner.

Bixby should also get a nippy little upgrade to make it more of a rival to Siri. Right now, it seems a little limited but with a couple software upgrades we could see something interesting. The IP68 dust and water resistance rating will be sticking around, as will fast charging so much the same as the S8. Couple all of this with a huge 6GB of RAM and we could have something special on our hands.

The verdict

The new Note 8 will be built for exactly those who have loved the Note series in the past, so basically if you haven’t already dipped into your piggy banks to get the S8 Plus and you really love a stylus well then the Note 8 is for you.

However if you have already got the S8 Plus then you won’t be missing out on much apart from the 6GB of RAM, a 4K display which will be great for gaming on the Gear VR and ok fair enough now I want one. Let’s hope it’s not as “grenade-like” as the last model.

 

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