It's official: the Note 8 will be announced on 23 August, and we expect it to go on sale in September. A dual-camera and 6.3in Infinity display will be highlights, but the price tag might be less enticing.
When is the Galaxy Note 8 release date?
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 UK release date: 23 August 2017 announcement, on sale early September
Samsung has confirmed it is holding an Unpacked event on 23 August. This will be the date it unveils its Galaxy Note 8. (It's possible we could also see a Galaxy S8 mini.)
The event will take place in New York's Park Avenue Armory at 11am EST (4pm UK).
There will be a live stream of the event, which you will be able to watch on this page.
EE has already posted a link on its site to pre-register your interest in Samsung's new phone, too.
How much will the Galaxy Note 8 cost in the UK?
According to respected tipster Evan Blass, writing for VentureBeat, the Galaxy Note 8 is going to cost a colossal €999. That's €100 more than the Galaxy S8 Plus, and €200 more than the Galaxy S8.
In Sterling, expect to pay £869, with the Galaxy S8 costing £689 and the Galaxy S8 Plus £779.
What will the Note 8 look like?
Hype over the upcoming Note 8 is in full swing as we approach its release date. So much so that people are spotting leaks that aren't really leaks at all, such as this generic smartphone shell tweeted by Samsung's Exynos Twitter channel. It doesn't even have any buttons on its side.
A more believable render comes from @universeice, though it is of course still just a render, and we cannot confirm that it is genuine. It certainly seems to go along with the leaks we've learned of so far, revealing the Infinity display with a black surround. There's no sign of a physical home button or fingerprint scanner from the front, as on the Galaxy S8.
Phone case makers are often the best source of leaked images. The image below is of some Olixar designs, sold via MobileFun.
MobileFun has also confirmed the official Samsung cases for the Note 8, which are now available to pre-order from its site. It says they tell us probable colours for the upcoming phone include Orchid Grey, Deep Blue, Black, Silver and Gold. It also says the case RRPs are slightly more expensive than in previous years, suggesting that in common with the Galaxy S8 the Note 8 is likely to see a price hike over the Note 7.
Another leak from a case maker shows all sides of the Note 8, suggesting we will see a dedicated Bixby key, a 3.5mm headphone jack and USB-C, an Infinity display, and a horizontal dual-camera setup with a fingerprint scanner by its side.
A new render of the Note 8 has been published by Slashleaks, which is shown below. And below that are some earlier renders published via 91mobiles and OnLeaks, visible in a slideshow (though sadly only if you switch off your adblocker first - we're working on that).
These images from Tùng Hà reveal the fingerprint scanner on the rear with a horizontal dual-camera setup.
What are the rumoured specifications and new features?
|Specifications||Samsung Galaxy Note 8|
|Display||6.3in, 18.5:9 Super AMOLED, Always-on display|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 835/Exynos 8895|
|Cameras||12Mp dual-lens rear camera, OIS|
|Extra features||S Pen stylus, rear fingerprint scanner and heart-rate sensor, DeX support|
|Battery||3,300mAh with wired and wireless fast charging|
|Colours||Black, blue, gold|
Despite the Galaxy S8 Plus measuring a mighty 6.2in, the Galaxy Note 8 is thought to measure only 6.3in.
We would expect the screen to have a Quad-HD+ or even 4K resolution, and there is increasing talk that it could get the latter, making the Note 8 Samsung's first 4K smartphone. It's highly likely to be a Super AMOLED panel, too.
We expect to see the same design changes in the Note 8 as we did this year's Galaxy S upgrades, which means a larger, taller, pressure-sensitive screen, with the new 18.5:9 aspect ratio. See also: Best phones 2017.
It's a jump up from the 5.7in screen on the Note 7, sure, but there's now very little difference to separate the two phablets.
Expect Samsung to go all out on improvements to the S Pen stylus and associated software in response. The Note 8 is also expected to feature a dual-lens camera at the back with OIS and 3x optical zoom. Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says it should be superior to that found in the iPhone 7 Plus.
Many owners have complained about the positioning of the fingerprint scanner on the back of the Galaxy S8, and it's possible that the Note 8 will avoid this by locating it beneath the screen. Possible, but by no means confirmed.
Indeed, some of the leaked photos, which may or may not be the final design, show a rear panel with the rumoured dual-camera setup, but more interestingly no fingerprint scanner. Others show the fingerprint scanner.
The Note 8 will surely be faster than the Galaxy S8. Though the processor will likely stay the same, the Note 8 is thought to come with more RAM - 6GB instead of 4GB. That puts it in line with the OnePlus 5. Also see: Best smartphones and best Android phones
It’s likely to be under 8mm thick, waterproof, and feature a 3,300mAh battery with adaptive fast charging, fast wireless charging and USB-C support. The fact this battery isn't higher in capacity is likely due to the previous battery problems, so let's hope battery life doesn't suffer as a result.
Having acquired Harman Kardon, Samsung says it will utilise Harman's audio brands, which include AKG and JBL, to "deliver enhanced customer benefits and elevate user experiences across Samsung's complete portfolio of consumer and professional products and systems".
One thing we can pretty much guarantee is that the Note 8 will feature the same software as the Galaxy S8, which means Android Nougat, TouchWiz, and the brand-new Bixby AI assistant, with an update to Android O within a few months of its release. Also see: What is Bixby?
The Note family stands out for its S Pen stylus support. Rumours say it could get an upgrade and integrate a new speaker. According to Patently Mobile, in September 2016 a patent was published by the US Patent & Trademark Office for the new stylus.
It says: "When the pen is being stored in the Galaxy Note body, the speaker, which is in the pen shaft, carries sound through the pen and exists at the top of the pen via a new speaker. When the pen is removed for the Note device the sound simply travels from the internal speaker through the pen shaft opening."