Take this with a grain of salt
Samsung launched the Note 7 last year, and it was poised to be the best smartphone of 2016. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, we think it’s safe to say that we all know what happened next.
After the recall and the subsequent discontinuation of the Note 7, Samsung promised the public that it would make up for the snafu. Months later, they gave us their latest and greatest, the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+, which was a great way to earn back consumer confidence. Because of the dimensions of the S8+, which already had a 6.2-inch display, many asked if the Note line would be ultimately discontinued. Rumors then started to swirl that the Note 8 would be released in August, but it looks like a reliable leakster has the skinny on Samsung’s flagship phablet and it looks like we’re going to be seeing a little later than usual.
Evan Blass, who you may know as @evleaks on Twitter, got the information from “an individual briefed on the company’s plans”. According to the said individual, the Samsung Note 8’s launch will be pushed back to September with a price tag of 999 euros or around Php 56,000. Ouch.
As far as the specs go, it’ll be powered by either a Snapdragon 835 or Exynos 8895; depending on where in the world you get your phone from. It is also reported to have 6GB of RAM; if this is true, this makes it the second phone in the Korean brand’s lineup to go beyond the usual 4GB with the Galaxy C9 Pro being the first. The Note 8 is also rumored to be the first Samsung smartphone to sport dual cameras, with twin 12-megapixels as its main shooters. Sadly, it looks like the odd placement for the fingerprint scanner will still be in play, but we will most likely be seeing an iris scanner with the Note 8 as well. No Galaxy Note phablet is complete without an S-Pen and we’re definitely going to be see one with the Note 8.
We all know that the batteries of the Note 7 was what caused all the trouble, so Samsung went with a modest 3300mAh battery this time around. With how the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ are performing though, we think we’re in the clear.