What does Samsung have in store with Galaxy Note 8?
Samsung is not giving up on the Note series yet. The last smartphone in the series, the Note 7, had a faulty battery which had reported issues with mysterious spontaneous combustion, damaging thousands of units and compelling the South Korean giant to recall over 2.5 million units globally within weeks of its launch.
Samsung is going to unveil the Galaxy Note 8 later on Wednesday, and the company has released a teaser video of the new smartphone and it has a stylus, a trademark feature of the Note series for years.
The demand for Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ flagship smartphones suggests that Samsung still enjoys a strong brand loyalty, and the Note 7 debacle has been forgotten. According to research firm Strategy Analytics, S8 and S8+ were two of the most popular Android smartphones in Q2 2017 with a combined worldwide shipment of over 19 million units.
Even though the company has been tight-lipped about specifics of Note 8, experts have already started predicting about the possible screen size, processor that would drive it, or the number of cameras it will have.
Bezel less display
With the Galaxy S8+ already touching the 6.2-inch screen mark, Samsung will try to better it, as Note series have always had bigger screen than smartphones in the Galaxy S series. This means the Note 8 could have a 6.4-inch screen or something bigger. It can be pulled off without making the smartphone bulky if Samsung sticks to the Infinity display concept in the Note series as well. Infinity display is a term used by Samsung for the near bezel-less display used in the S8 and S8+. The horizontal bezels are very thin and the space taken by vertical bezels is now part of the screen. This has allowed the company to accommodate truly big screens touching the 6-inch mark on the form factor of a 5.2-inch device.
The Note 8 is expected to have a 2K display with resolution of 2,560x1,440p as this is what the last Note smartphone and the S8 and S8+ offer. We don’t expect the company to switch to 4k (3,840x2,160p) resolution yet as there are still very few rivals, except the Sony, which have showed any interest in it. The Note 8 will have Gorilla Glass 5 as it’s become the default choice of protection against scratches for Samsung in all their mid-range and high-end smartphones.
Water proof exterior has been one of the key selling points of Samsung’s flagship smartphones for years now. We don’t expect that to change anytime soon. The Note 8 is likely to have IP68 level protection, which means it can withstand splashes as well as survive under water to a depth of 1.5 metres for 30 minutes. IP68 rated smartphones are also dust proof.
Top of the line hardware
The Note series has always been about delivering top-notch performance. Big screen, powerful processors, and long battery have been some of the defining features of it. The Note 7 had the same Exynos 8890 octa-core processor which powered the Galaxy S7. So the Note 8 is unlikely to have anything inferior to the Exynos 8895 octa-core processor (global version) or the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 octa-core processor (US version) used in the Galaxy S8 and S8+.
They will be paired with at least 4GB RAM, but it won’t surprise us if Samsung clubs it with 6GB or more RAM for the sake of future-proofing and to take on rivals.
Can’t do without Stylus
One of the USPs of Note series is the stylus called the S-Pen which allows users to work, access shortcuts, take notes or draw on the smartphone a lot faster than swipe-based gestures. It is one of the key tools which distinguishes the Note series from the S series and makes it so popular with users who depend heavily on their smartphone for work. The teaser suggests that the S-Pen will remain a vital cog in the Note series.
With S-Pen, Samsung will have to accommodate a slot for it on the Note 8’s body, which means the smartphone will be a bit wider than the S8+. It would be easier if they come up with a thinner S-Pen.
While the Galaxy S8 and S8+ had single cameras, Samsung might give the dual camera setup a try in the Note 8 to make it look more exciting to users and take on rivals. Most of the flagship smartphones such as Apple iPhone 7 Plus, LG G6, Nokia 8 have dual camera setup. Dual cameras have multiple advantages. They can be used to capture better quality shots, add more optical zoom or enhance depth of field in images.