The Note 7 was, by all accounts, a disaster. But the Note 8 is expected to return Samsung's Galaxy flagship phablet line to greatness when it launches on or around 26 August. But will it be priced out of reach? Also see: Samsung Pay is now available in the UK!
When is the Galaxy Note 8 release date?
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 UK release date: August/September 2017
We were all but certain the Galaxy Note 8 would be unveiled in August, in common with the previous two Galaxy Note releases, but trusted leakster Evan Blass has just thrown a spanner in the works by suggesting it will be announced mid-September. We'd estimate that the phone would then go on sale early October.
It kind of makes sense, given that the Galaxy S8 also launched late in 2017 (mid-April), but it doesn't go along with claims out of Korea that the phone will launch in the third or fourth week of August - or more specifically 26 August, as reported by Naver. Neither does it fit very well with the IFA tradeshow, which is held at the beginning of September.
This Galaxy Note 8 is not to be confused with the Galaxy Note 8.0 tablet from back in 2013.
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.
Blass also revealed some new specs for the Note 8, which you can read more about below.
What are the rumoured specifications?
|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, 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.
The photo below is from Chinese site CNMO and - if it really is the real deal - means that Samsung might beat Apple to be the first company to launch a phone with a fingerprint scanner that works through the display.
And another leaked photo, posted on Indian gadget site Priceraja, shows the top of the front:
What it doesn't show, of course, is whether there's a scanner at the bottom or not.
It's not possible to tell either way from this video, but Slashleaks has published a first glimpse at what is said to be the Note 8's front panel.
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."