Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Spotted on Geekbench – Here’s All We Know

After the Note 7 fiasco of 2016, the Note 8 will be Samsung’s biggest launch this year. Why? The Note 8 launch will be its way of telling the world that it has learned its lesson. Its quality has become even better and the phones will no longer explode. Not a single Samsung Galaxy S8 unit has exploded yet, which is encouraging. Also, the Note 8 will take on the Apple behemoth that is the iPhone 8 (alleged). Over the past few weeks, several Galaxy Note 8-related leaks have surfaced online. A new report claims that Samsung is adding Force Touch display (similar to the Touch ID feature seen in Apple iPhone) to the upcoming device. Now, the Note 8 has been spotted on benchmarking site Geekbench with model number SM-N950F. Here’s all we think we know about the Samsung Note 8 price in India, Specifications, and Features

Samsung Galaxy Note 8

Leaked render. Source – Evan Blass, Twitter

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Price in India

Price (expected) Rs 74,000

As the Korean giant’s costliest phone, the Samsung Note 8 will cost more than the Galaxy S8 Plus‘ MRP of Rs 69,000. The latter retails for Rs 64,900 on Flipkart. Since the Note 8 will have more features packed into its body than even the Galaxy S8 Plus, the higher price seems worth it.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 8 India Launch Date

Launch Date August 23, 2017

To coincide with Apple iPhone 8’s launch (or iPhone X’s launch, for that matter), the Samsung Note 8 was expected to come out in September 2017. A delay in the launch would have hurt this phone’s chances of selling in big numbers. A prior launch will help it a ton as well as earn Samsung some cash it lost on Note 7 recalls. The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is now coming earlier than expected. The smartphone has cleared the FCC certification which means it is ready for the customers.

Earlier, Samsung had hinted that it will announce a ‘new flagship smartphone in the second half of 2017’. Now, the South Korean brand has confirmed that the Galaxy Note 8 will be launched on August 23. Samsung has sent out press invites with a silhouetted phone and an S Pen overlaid on top. Apparently, the upcoming handset will be unveiled in New York City starting at 11 AM, ET along with various Unpacked events around the world. Samsung has already set up a pre-registration page on its Australia website for the Galaxy Note 8 with a tag line ‘Do bigger things.’

Samsung Galaxy Note 8

Another reason for an earlier launch might be low Galaxy S8 sales. As per new reports, the flagship device is selling 20 percent less than its predecessor. Also, the August launch means that the new Galaxy Note 8 will be available in global markets before next Apple iPhone arrives.

Also Read: Samsung Galaxy S8 India Review

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Specifications

Processor octa-core 64-bit Exynos 8895/ Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
RAM 6GB
Internal Storage 64GB (expandable up to 256GB)
Display 6.2-inch, Quad HD (2960x1440p) resolution, Super AMOLED, 18.5:9 aspect ratio
OS Android Nougat 7.1.1 with TouchWiz UI
Primary (Rear) Camera Dual, 12MP telephoto lens + 13MP wide-angle lens, flash
Front Camera 8-megapixel
Battery 3300mAh, Quick Charge support, Wireless Charging
Dual SIM Yes

The Geekbench listing confirms many previously leaked specs. It will be powered by an Exynos 8895 processor (seen in Galaxy S8 series) and 6GB RAM. Previous rumours also claimed that certain models might come with an octa-core 10nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 instead. On the benchmarking site, the Galaxy Note 8 scores 1984 in single-core performance, and 6116 in its multi-core performance score.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8

Also, do note that this phone will sport a bigger screen than that of Galaxy S8 Plus. It is expected to sport a 6.3-inch super AMOLED QHD+ display with a resolution of 1440 x 2960 pixels and 18.5:9 aspect ratio.

Another big change spotted in newly leaked pictures is the vertically aligned dual rear camera setup. It is tipped to include two 12-megapixel cameras (wide-angle lens with f/1.7 aperture, dual-pixel autofocus + telephoto lens with f/2.4 aperture, 2x Optical Zoom) with OIS (Optical Image Stabilisation). However, the South Korean company was expected to bring dual rear cameras system with the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus too. The company is likely to take the leap this time around.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will feature a smaller 3,330mAh battery, compared to the 3,500 mAh on the Note 7. It will support USB Type C-based quick charging port and fast wireless charging. Samsung is expected to make sure the new Note smartphone is free of battery defects.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Features

  • Infinity Display design
  • Force Touch Display
  • Wireless Charging
  • S-Pen
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Heart-rate sensor
  • Dual rear cameras
  • 6GB RAM
  • Dual SIM
  • Iris scanner
  • Big battery
  • Bluetooth 5.0
  • Android Nougat 7.1.1 OS
  • Bixby virtual assistant
  • Samsung Pay
  • Four colour options

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is expected to move past the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus in terms of screen-to-body ratio. A new Weibo leak claims that the upcoming smartphone measures just 6.7mm in thickness. It will also feature a heart rate monitor. As per the press invite, the Galaxy Note 8 will retain the 2:1 Infinity Display (introduced on Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+) with a narrow top and bottom bezels with no side edges. It is expected to come in Midnight Black, Maple Gold, Deep Ocean Blue and Orchid Grey colour options. Recently, Evan Blass shared a press render of the Galaxy Note 8 on Twitter.

As per latest leaks, the new handset will sport a fingerprint sensor on the back. Earlier reports suggested that the fingerprint sensor will be incorporated into the display itself. Samsung might bring this feature in its upcoming devices next year. The handset is also expected to feature a dedicated Bixby button on the side. It will run Android Nougat 7.1.1 operating system out-of-the-box.

Reportedly, Samsung is incorporating pressure sensitive ‘Force Touch’ display panel in the Galaxy Note 8. The new feature is similar to 3D Touch, seen on Apple iPhone devices. It enables the smartphone’s display to intuitively sense the difference in finger’s pressure to enable new gestures. Users can dip in and out of content without losing their place. If pressed lightly, you get Peek at a photo, web page, etc. If pressed a little deeper, the app pops up and fully opens.

The new S Pen will come with a new set of features such as full-sentence language translation and currency conversion. It will also allow you to pin handwritten notes to the always-on display. The handset will have a dedicated slot at the bottom for the S Pen stylus.

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Conclusion

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is going to be filled to the brim with features. Why? It will be a part of most expensive phone range Samsung makes. Aside from all the features mentioned here, the Note 8 is expected to keep the edge-to-edge display present on the Galaxy S8 line. This will give it the premium touch it deserves. The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will compete with the likes of OnePlus 5, Honor 8 Pro and Xiaomi Mi 6. Now that we have seen how striking the Galaxy S8 looks, using the same design on Note 8 will work wonders for Samsung. But will that happen? Only time will tell.

We will keep this post updated with the latest information on Samsung Note 8. Stay tuned to IntellectDigest for more.

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