Samsung is doing the final touches on the Galaxy Note 8 ahead of its scheduled “late August” launch date. As you all know, this is the phone that will go head-to-head with Apple’s iPhone 8, which will be released later this year, probably in September.
While there’s talk that Apple is working on an iPhone 8 design that looks set to mimic the Galaxy S8, a design that Samsung will also be keeping on the Galaxy Note 8, the upcoming Sammy phablet will still have one major feature that iPhone 8 buyers will miss out, once again.
The Galaxy Note 8 is coming in to take the place of the infamous Note 7 and as noted, the phone is being touted to keep the same impressive design as what we see on the Galaxy S8 and S8+. The edge-to-edge Infinity Display will be there, but rumor has it that the size will be a little bigger at 6.3 or 6.4 inches.
This design means that the Note 8 will also ditch the physical home button and front-mounted fingerprint scanner and similar to other Note phones, the S Pen will be there to put emphasis on the series’ focus on productivity. It is said that this S Pen will come with an inbuilt motor that will be integrated with the Find My Mobile app so as to make work easy locating it just in case you lose it, somehow.
Like the Galaxy S8, the Note 8 is expected to keep the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 835/Exynos 8895 processor paired with 6GB RAM, 64GB storage and a 3300mAh battery unit, smaller than the 3500mAh unit used in the exploding Note 7. The phone will also be the first in the Galaxy Note family to sport a dual-lens camera on the back, a feature that is becoming necessary to compete with the best in the smartphone market.
Even though Samsung is without a doubt ready to follow Apple’s choices in the camera department, one thing that the Galaxy Note 8 is expected to keep is the 3.5mm audio jack, a feature that Apple iPhone users are now getting used to not seeing on their phones. It all started out last year when the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus ditched the traditional port and rumors are increasingly pointing towards the same with respect to this year’s iPhone 8.
A bunch of leaked cases have indicated that Sammy will keep the 3.5mm audio jack on the Galaxy Note 8, just like the S8 and S8+. The new USB-C port will also be in place and so will the rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, an iris scanner as well as facial recognition. However, having all of these great features on the Note 8 will also come at a cost, with the phone rumored to be priced at a whopping $1000 or even more in some markets.
If this price tag truly materializes, it will mean the Galaxy Note 8 will be one of the most expensive mainstream smartphones on the market.