Samsung Galaxy Note 8 launching today: Here’s everything we know so far

The Samsung Galaxy Unpacked event is due to take place in New York at 11 AM EDT (8:30 PM IST)

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Highlights

    • Samsung Galaxy Note 8 to unveil today
    • The smartphone is widely rumoured to feature dual rear camera
    • The phone will be announced at Unpacked Galaxy event in New York

Samsung will take the curtain off its much-anticipated flagship for the year, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 at the Galaxy Unpacked event in New York today. While the South Korean tech giant put a few cards on the table of its latest flagship, several other aspects were leaked by some notable tipsters and news outlets.

So, let’s take a quick recap of the essential details that we have learned so far.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 design

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is expected to carry a design language similar to the premium Galaxy S8 family. The new flagship Note’s corners are expected to be slight squared-off compared to the Galaxy S8+ (Review). There will be a usual addition of an S-Pen as Samsung revealed the stylus in silhouette on the invite. Further, the phone could feature an all-screen Infinity display. The Galaxy Note 8 is widely expected to bring along the Bixby button that debuted on Samsung’s previous flagship. The fingerprint sensor and rear camera as seen in press renders could be placed up near the top of the glass back panel.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 display and camera

As with the Samsung Galaxy S8, the Galaxy Note 8 is tipped to boast slimmer bezels. Rumours suggest that the Galaxy Note 8 will have a 6.3-inch WQHD+ (2960×1440 resolution) AMOLED display with the same 18.5:9 aspect ratio found on the Galaxy S8 and the S8+. It will have on-screen navigation keys offering enough screen space to devour content.

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The biggest change for the Galaxy Note 8 (perhaps the highlight of the phone) would be the dual camera setup around back. Samsung recently teased dual camera module to have a 3x optical zoom, and if reports turn out to be true, the flagship phablet will be the one to hoist this feature. Apparently, the Galaxy Note 8 from the company’s smartphone inventory could be the first carry dual camera lens. The smartphone is tipped to sport dual 12-megapixel rear camera (wide-angle and telephoto) and an 8-megapixel front-facing camera.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Software & Hardware

The upcoming flagship is expected with Qualcomm’s top of the line Snapdragon 835 SoC (system-on-chip). There could be another variant with an in-house Exynos 8895 processor which might hit the European and Asian smartphone market. The Galaxy Note 8 could get a boost to 6GB of RAM, 64GB internal storage with microSDXC support.

As for the software, the Galaxy Note 8 is likely to run Android 7.1 Nougat out-of-the-box. Besides this, Samsung is expected to offer improved iris and facial recognition feature along with some innovations on its upcoming flagship to edge over its rivals like Apple iPhone 7 Plus (Review).

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Battery and Pricing

Following the Note 7 fiasco, Samsung implemented an eight-point battery testing procedure to ensure the battery combustion doesn’t repeat. According to reports, it could pack a smaller 3300mAh battery under the hood as compared to its predecessor.

The pricing of the Galaxy Note 8 remains to be seen. But we won’t have to wait long to find out what Samsung has up its sleeves as the launch event has been scheduled to take place in New York at 11 AM EDT (8:30 PM IST).

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