Wednesday is a big day for Samsung. After the botched release of the Note 7 in 2016, Samsung is hoping the reputation for the Galaxy Note line can be rekindled.
It appears that the Note 8 will look just like the Galaxy S8 Plus, except the corners won’t be as round and the phablet will be slightly larger. The back of the phone will have a dual-camera setup with the fingerprint scanner slightly further away from the camera lenses so you don’t smudge them with your finger (one of the big complaints about Galaxy S8). Here are the “official” leaked specs:
- 6.3-inch Super AMOLED Infinity display with Quad HD resolution
- Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835 (US, China) or Exynos 8895 (ROW)
- 6GB of LPDDR4 RAM
- 64/128/256GB of storage
- microSDXC support
- IP68 dust- and water-resistance
- Dual 12-megapixel rear cameras (wide-angle and telephoto)
- 8-megapixel front-facing camera
- Android 7.1 Nougat
- 3,300 mAh battery
- 162.5 x 74.6 x 8.5 mm
According to International Business Times, Samsung is ditching its Chinese partner ATL in terms of battery production for the Note 8. The 3,300mAh batteries will instead come from Samsung SDI and Japan’s Murata Manufacturing. This is certainly a good move, and it will help customers in having confidence that their phones won’t blow up in their faces.
There will be a lot of excitement this week for the Note 8, and the phone is set to arrive in customer’s hands by September 15. But once the iPhone 8 is announced, Samsung is in trouble. This is the 10th anniversary of Apple’s iPhone, so you can bet Apple is going to release something really special. When looking at all the leaks, these are some of the alleged specs we have for the iPhone 8 right now.
- 5.8-inch OLED edge-to-edge display
- New design with an ‘all-glass’ construction
- Wireless charging support
- Apple A11 chip
- Advanced face-scanning technology
- Vertical dual cameras on rear
- Support for LTE speeds up to 450Mbps
There are many rumors pointing to a major increase in pixel density. While the 1080p 5.5-inch screen on the iPhone 7 Plus displays 401 pixels-per-inch (ppi), it appears that the Quad HD screen on the iPhone 8 will display 521 ppi. This will finally put the iPhone in line with Samsung’s smartphones when it comes to resolution.
Will the iPhone 8 necessarily be a better device than the Note 8? It’s certainly a possibility. But the problem for Samsung will be that their Note series won’t differentiate itself from other devices like it used to. Apple also sells hype a lot better than Samsung does. It will be interesting to see how these phones compete for business users once they hit the market in September.