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We now have an official launch date for the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and it’s just a month away, with the main Unpacked event set to be held on August 23rd in New York.

There’s a lot of excitement surrounding the release of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 8, especially following what happened to the Galaxy Note 7 back in 2016. The phone was set to become one of the best, if not the best in the Galaxy Note series, but things suddenly turned from good to worse in a nick of time.

Numerous reports started flocking the tech giant’s offices with cases of explosions and fires, forcing the company to issue a recall. After initial thoughts that they had found what the problem was and taken care of it, Samsung Galaxy Note 7 resumed circulation, but things now moved from worse to worst, this time forcing the tech giant to completely discontinue the phone.

Now, close to a year later, the Galaxy Note 7 is back on the market and while it has kept quite a good number of specs and features, it comes with a new name – Samsung Galaxy Note Fan Edition. The phone has the same design language, specs, and features, but there are changes to the battery capacity, the software on board as well as the pricing when compared to the original Note 7.

One surprise, though, is that the Galaxy Note FE comes in at a time when the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is just around the corner. Whether the presence of this phone on the market coupled with the fact that the Galaxy S8 and S8+ are still showing some incredible results in the market will have some effect on how the Note 8 performs is still a question that only time can answer. However, the kind of hype that is surrounding the phone is an indicator that the Note family has still got some loyal fans out there.

Up to now, we know quite a lot about the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 8. The phone will have just about the same design language as the current Galaxy S8 and S8+, but of course, it will keep on being the bigger offering as far as size, specs, features and even price are concerned. The rumor mills say a 6.3-inch Infinity Display with QHD+ resolution and Gorilla Glass 5 is in the making, something that should be a welcome for many fans out there.

The power under the hood will be more of the same with what you get on the Galaxy S8 and S8+, featuring a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC or Exynos 8895 SoC mated with 6GB RAM, same as some variants of the Galaxy S8+. This would make the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 8 the most powerful phone in the Note family and to take this aspect to the next level, the tech giant is reportedly working to equip the phone with a dual-lens camera on the back with 12MP sensors with f/1.7 aperture, OIS, PDAF and dual-tone LED flash.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8

To make sure that there’s little to worry about when using your precious Note 8, the entire body will be IP68-certified for dust and water resistance, a feature that has become a mainstay for Samsung high-end phones for a few years now, but the Galaxy A 2017 family recently joined the party. With this feature, it means that you’ll be able to keep on using the phone even if it takes a dive of up to 30 minutes in water that is 1.5 meters or so.

There’s word that the battery capacity will be capped at 3300mAh, smaller than the 3500mAh used on the Galaxy S8+. Although a bit strange, it’s nothing new given that the 2016 Galaxy Note 7 had a slightly smaller battery compared to the Galaxy S7 Edge despite the latter having a smaller screen size. As expected, the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will reportedly be powered by Android 7.1 Nougat out of the box, which is a step ahead of v7.0 that powers the S8 and S8+ out of the box.

As far as pricing is concerned, Samsung Galaxy Note 8 price is rumored to be about $1000, which would be $150 more than the Galaxy S8+, but as noted, these are just rumors and nothing has been confirmed just yet. With the launch date fast approaching, we should get to know more details about this phone in the coming weeks. Stay tuned and we’ll update you!