Samsung galaxy note 8 review: release date, design, 4k display and more
Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 was a fantastic phone, until the battery issues destroyed its reputation and left it with a legacy of being the only phone to be singled out before boarding a flight.
We expected the Note family to die with the Note 7, but there’s murmurs that it lives on, reborn like a phoenix from the ashes of its forebear. Here is everything we know so far about the Samsung Galaxy Note Note 8, based on the rumours.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8: Release date
- Note 8 pretty much confirmed
- Likely to be latter half of 2017
Samsung has pretty much confirmed the release of a Note 8 after it announced an upgrade scheme in South Korea following the Note 7 debacle. The scheme allowed anyone who bought a Note 7 to get a Galaxy S7 or S7 edge for half price, after which they would be able to upgrade to the S8 or Note 8 when they were released in 2017.
As to specifically when the Note 8 will be released, that’s anyone’s guess at the moment. Traditional patterns would suggest the end of the year, around August or September time, but Samsung might do it earlier in order to ensure it has a flagship phablet in the market that isn’t two years old and doesn’t explode.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8: Design
- Metal and glass likely
- Possibility of reduced bezels and no home button
Currently, rumours are few and far between when it comes to the Note 8’s design. We wouldn’t expect it to stray too much from what the Note 7 delivered, though it wouldn’t be surprising to see the bezels reduce.
The Galaxy S8, rumoured to launch sometime at the beginning of 2017, is said to be ditching the physical home button and headphone jack. If this is the case, we would expect the Note 8 to do the same, meaning the fingerprint sensor could be built into the display or perhaps removed entirely with just an iris scanner offered instead.
In terms of materials, we’d be surprised to see a move away from the metal and glass combo that has served Samsung so well over the last couple of years. We can also assume USB Type-C will be on board, along with the S Pen.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8: Display
- Big screen is a given
- Dual-edge display is likely again
- 4K resolution for VR rumoured
The Samsung Galaxy Note series is known for its large display so it’s a given that the Note 8 will also have a big screen. Traditionally, this has been 5.7-inches, at least since the Note 3, though the S8 Plus is claimed to be to increasing to 6.2-inches without a huge change in body dimensions so perhaps the Note 8 will do the same.
Even if the rumours don’t give us anything for a while regarding screen size, the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus should offer some indication as to what path the Note 8 could take. A good screen to body ratio would probably be a safe bet though, as would Super AMOLED technology and Mobile HDR, the latter of which launched on the Note 7.
The Note 7 featured a dual-edge display with a Quad HD resolution, and while the dual-edge is likely the remain, leaks suggest the Note 8 might increase the resolution to 4K in order to be better equipped for a new Gear VR. This is plausible as there is now more 4K content becoming available and VR is becoming more prominent so the benefits of having a 4K display are more apparent than they were when Sony launched the Xperia Z5 Premium.