Samsung Galaxy Note8 with Infinity Display and improved Bixby support launching on August 23

By Karthekayan Iyer | Published on 21 Jul 2017
  • Samsung Mobile has started sending out media invites with the tagline 'Do bigger things' indicating the launch of Galaxy Note 8 smartphone. The smartphone is the successor to last year's ill-fated Galaxy Note 7.

Samsung Galaxy Note8 with Infinity Display and improved Bixby support launching on August 23

Samsung will announce the Galaxy Note 8, its successor to the ill-fated Note7 smartphone on August 23. The South Korean smartphone maker has started sending out media invites for an event in New York where it will launch the Note 8. The invite comes with the tagline 'Do bigger things' and shows a smartphone with Samsung's Infinity Design and S-Pen stylus.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is rumoured to be the most expensive smartphone yet from the company. The handset will borrow the design element first seen on company's flagship Galaxy S8 series and pair it with Note specific features like an improved S Pen. The handset is rumoured to sport a 6.3-inch Quad HD+ Super AMOLED display with dual curved edges and taller 18.5:9 aspect ratio. The smartphone is expected to be powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 chipset and offer 6GB RAM as standard.

The Note 8's talking point is expected to be the new dual rear camera setup, first for any Samsung smartphone. The Note 8 could feature dual 12MP rear camera setup with one wide angle lens and another telephoto lens similar to Apple's iPhone 7 Plus. The handset is tipped to house a smaller 3300mAh battery and an improved Bixby voice assistant with support for English and Chinese language. The handset is also expected to offer new S Pen features including support for one tap translation support.

According to Korean media, Samsung is advancing the launch of the Note 8 in order to capitalise on supply constraints for Apple's OLED iPhone, expected to launch in September. Samsung has reportedly briefed its partners about the device and it is expected to hit retail stores at €999 (around Rs 72,000) price tag. The smartphone will become available in blue, black and gold colour variants in September and Samsung will be hoping not to repeat the mistake of poorly designing the battery on Note 7.

Karthekayan Iyer

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