After last year's Note 7 recall, Samsung is set to redeem itself with the release of the Galaxy Note 8 on 23 August
Remember the Note 7? The high-end smartphone, released last year, was unfortunately prone to spontaneous combustion. The Korean tech giant spent billions of dollars to recall it from the market.
It's safe to say that Samsung is under tremendous pressure to deliver a powerful and flawless device to reestablish the Note name in the high-end phablet market.
With just a few weeks before the event, tech leaker Evan Blass has published a few "official" images showing the front, rear, and sides of the phone
From the looks of it, the device has the same gorgeous, edge-to-edge infinity display that can be found in the Galaxy S8.
At the back, the biggest change for the Note 8 is a dual rear camera setup that presumably would have a 3x optical zoom, among other features. This change would be pretty significant for the Korean tech giant considering this would be their first phone with a dual rear camera setup.
As for the stylus, the S pen in the render looks almost identical to the one that shipped with the Galaxy Note 7.
The render also shows the Note 8 in both black and gold, which seems like probable colour options.
Blass is certainly doing everything he can to spoil Samsung's surprises. Yesterday, he published an article detailing the Note 8's "final specs".
"The final specs sheet is based on statements from a person briefed on the device’s final configuration," Blass wrote.
The phone would have a 6.3-inch Super AMOLED display that’s going to be "barely larger" than the Galaxy S8+, but it’ll have the same 2960 x 1440 resolution and 18.5:9 aspect ratio. The screen’s corners are "more squared-off", and the phone measures 162.5 x 74.6 x 8.5mm.
Inside, we're looking at the processor of an Exynos 8895 internationally or a Snapdragon 835 in the US
The phablet would have more memory, with 6GB being the RAM standard. The base model has 64GB of storage, and the Galaxy Note 8 supports microSD cards, just like the Galaxy S8.
On the back, the phone has 12-megapixel cameras, including a wide-angle lens with f1.7 aperture and Dual Pixel autofocus, and a telephoto lens with f2.4 aperture and 2x optical zoom
The front shooter, on the other hand, seems pretty ordinary with an 8-megapixel sensor.
Pricing wise, the Galaxy Note 8 is expected to cost €1,000 (around RM5,085)
The device would first ship in a slew of colours including Midnight Black, Maple Gold, Orchid Grey, and Deep Sea Blue.
Of course, nothing has been confirmed by Samsung so it's best that you take the leaks with a grain of salt. Stay tuned for the official release!
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