2017 should be a big year in the smartphone industry. With the specter of the 10th anniversary iPhone looming over the competition, the pressure is on. With that in mind, we may have our first looks at the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 8.
The tragedy of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is still fresh in our memory. While the Galaxy S8+ did a lot to sate our appetite for a big-screened Android, the prospect of the Note 8 can truly redeem Samsung. How will Samsung overcome its last Note’s failure and go toe-to-toe with the iPhone 8?
A Big Screen in a Little Body
Reports state that the Galaxy Note 8 will sport a 6.2-inch curved Infinity Display, much like the S8+. Rumours of 4K resolution are floating around, but we can at least expect the 2560 x 1440 resolution of the S8+. Higher resolution would be fantastic, especially considering Samsung’s focus on virtual reality. Have you tried experiencing VR in 720p?
Double the Camera Goodness
Dual cameras should be around back, with a possibility of dual flash as well. One sensor might be monochromatic, providing that sweet image-stitching method that makes other dual camera setups good. If the camera and image processing of the S8 is any indication, this should continue to up the ante. Will it be enough to keep the iPhone 8 at bay though?
Where the Hell is the Fingerprint Reader Going?
One of the big gripes with the S8 and S8 Plus is the placement of the fingerprint scanner. It sits to the side of the rear camera, which means you are destined to tap the camera instead of the reader. The Note 8’s fingerprint scanner could be under the dual cameras, in a much more accessible place. Or, it could be time for the much-anticipated and long-awaited fingerprint sensor built into the front display. That would be bonkers, but don’t count on it. In fact, the iPhone 8 might sport one, too.
Check out this schematic dug up by SlashLeaks:
Other Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Shenanigans
Yes, we will get another S-Pen. Yes, it might also have a microphone built in. Yes, it will be water and dust resistant. No, it won’t get rid of the 3.5mm headphone jack. Yes, it will be expensive, possibly even more than the $850 Galaxy S8+.
Who will win the smartphone battle of 2017? Will Apple’s greatest iPhone ever be enough to overcome Samsung’s boundary-pushing design? Let us know what you think in the comments!