Official launch of the Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8 is around the corner but there is still no stopping the everyday rumors and leaks. The company has already sent media invites for an ‘Unpacked’ launch event to be held in New York City on August 23 and based on the past leaks, we already have a fair idea about the specifications and features of the upcoming phablet. Now, in the latest development, the smartphone has cleared FCC certification, which brings it another step closer to the launch.
It is to be noted that the FCC clears a device only if it finds it to be ready for the customers. Meanwhile, Samsung has also put up a pre-registration page on its Australia website for the Galaxy Note 8. However, the page doesn’t allow you to register for the upcoming handset nor does it reveal anything about the Note 8 except for its tag line “Do bigger things.”
While there have been plenty of leaks surrounding the upcoming phablet, nothing is more believable than information coming from the horse’s mouth. Samsung’s media invite gives away a few key details about the phablet. The said invite, hints at narrow top and bottom bezels with no side edges, clearly indicating the Galaxy Note 8 will retain the same 2:1 Infinity Display, which was introduced the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ launched earlier this year.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 specifications, features
In terms of specifications, the Galaxy Note 8 is most likely to come with a 6.2-inch Infinity Display. As reports suggest, Samsung had to ditch plans of an in-display fingerprint scanner and instead stick to the traditional fingerprint scanner on the rear panel. Under the hood, the smartphone is likely to be powered by Exynos 8895 chipset, considering the company had tweeted an image of the chipset from its official Exynos Twitter account.
In addition to the Exynos variant, the Galaxy Note 8 is expected to come in a Snapdragon 835 SoC variant as well. The chipset could be paired with up to 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage along with a microSD card slot for storage expansion. The Galaxy Note 8 is speculated to house a dedicated Bixby button on the side to launch the voice-controlled assistant.
For photography, the smartphone is speculated to feature a dual camera setup with a combination of 13-megapixel wide-angle camera and a 12-megapixel telephoto sensor. The dual-rear camera setup is also said to come with optical image stabilization.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is expected to run Android Nougat 7.1.1 out-of-the-box and come fueled with a 3,300mAh battery with support for Quick Charge. The phablet is also likely to boast an improved rating for waterproofing and dust resistance. Furthermore, it is expected to arrive in Deep Blue, Black, Coral Blue, and Gold color options. ALSO READ: Samsung Galaxy Note 8′s dual rear camera to feature 3X optical zoom, analyst Ming Chi Kuo claims
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 pricing and availability
Rumors suggest that the Galaxy Note 8 will be priced at €999 (approximately Rs 72,200) and will be available in second half of September, ahead of the launch of Apple’s flagship device, the rumored iPhone 8. As for availability, it is likely to first make it to the US market on August 23, followed by Korea and the UK markets. It will later make it to other global markets, including India. ALSO READ: Galaxy Note 8: Did Samsung officially leak its next flagship phablet?