AS THE Samsung Galaxy Note 8 release date approaches, more details about this flagship smartphone have started to appear online. Here’s everything we think we know about the next Samsung phone.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 – Is this what Samsung’s next smartphone will look like?
SAMSUNG’S Galaxy S8 has just been released but the firm’s next smartphone could be the one to buy.
The South Korean technology company is believed to have settled on that date in order to get the flagship smartphone on shelves ahead of the feverishly-anticipated iPhone 8.
Ahead of the Galaxy Note 8 launch, a slew of leaks have appeared online.
As always, it’s always worth taking these with a healthy pinch of salt – but if the information is accurate, the Galaxy Note 8 sounds like it could be one of the phones to beat this year.
Tipster PoyocoTech has shared a number of details about the upcoming Note 8 on Twitter, including a high-resolution render that allegedly reveals the final design of the device.
Alongside the new look, PoyocoTech claims the next Galaxy Note phone will have a fingerprint scanner embedded beneath the display.
The latest renders of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 reveal its svelte new design
This is something Samsung is believed to have hoping to include on the Galaxy S8, but was forced to drop in order to meet the March 2017 release date.
The Note 8 could also feature a very similar curved display to the Galaxy S8 which will cover almost the entire front of the phone.
At 6.4-inches, this display looks set to be one of the biggest to date and will include QHD+ Infinity technology.
The Galaxy Note 8 will also sport a dual camera set-up, like rival devices from OnePlus, Huawei, LG and Apple.
According to leakster PoyocoTech, the Note 8 will attempt to perfect the industrial design of the Galaxy S8 by uniformly aligning the ports on the bottom of the chassis.
AKG will provide the speaker built into the phone, PoyocoTech adds.
This seems pretty likely given that Samsung completed its $8 billion purchase of Harman/Kardon – the audio company that operates the AKG brand amongst some 20 others – back in March.
Elsewhere, sources point to the Galaxy Note 8 sporting a Bixby button, like the Galaxy S8.
Bixby is a virtual assistant built by Samsung to rival the likes of Google Assistant, Alexa and Siri.
Samsung will launch its next Galaxy Note phone this summer
The Samsung AI assistant is context aware, which means that, provided you are within a compatible app, you can refer directly to things that are happening on-screen.
Commands like “make a folder with these photos”, “when was this taken?” or “what is this?” will work with the new assistant – unlike many of its rivals.
Unfortunately, Samsung has delayed Bixby voice support – with the functionality purportedly set to launch in the UK later this year.
That means, for now at least, the Bixby button only serves to launch a Google Now-style news feed that attempts to surface useful information, upcoming calendar appointments, and relevant news stories.
Finally, the S Pen that ships with the Galaxy Note 8 is said to have a built-in motor that works with the Find My Mobile app to help you locate it, should you misplace it.