We only have hours between now and the official launch of the new Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and given the overwhelming number of leaks that have been doing rounds, the only major thing that is still a somewhat mystery is the price.
Numerous leaks have been all over the web, giving us almost everything we need to know about the design of the Galaxy Note 8, the features and specs as well as the date that the phone will start selling. Samsung has indeed confirmed that the Note 8 will be unveiled tomorrow, August 23, but the release date is still unknown.
Despite all, there’s a general belief that folks in the U.S. will be able to start buying the new Samsung Galaxy Note 8 before this week comes to a conclusion. While this should come as the most exciting news for those who have been looking forward to the release of this phone, the price tag that has been associated with the phone – at least in rumors and leaks – might mean your chances of getting it are a bit lower.
According to reports, the Galaxy Note 8 will not come on the cheap. The phone will command a price tag of $1200, making it the most expensive phone Samsung has ever sold to date. This shows how insane the world of smartphones is becoming, but on the other side of the table, you might also be impressed with what this phone brings to the table in terms of specs and features.
Apparently, this $1200 price tag has been slammed on the high-end version of the phone, which will carry a massive 256GB of internal storage. The last time a flagship phone came in with such a huge storage was last year, when the Apple iPhone 7 and 7 Plus came with similar storage options, but unlike the Galaxy Note 8, none of these two phones’ price went beyond the $1000 mark.
For the high-end iPhone 7 Plus, you’ll need $969 to get your hands on the SIM-free model, which is not bad at all. But what makes the new Samsung Galaxy Note 8 so special that it has to be priced at an alleged $1200? Let’s find out.
One thing you probably know already is that the Note 8 has lots of design changes when compared to the Galaxy Note 7. The looks are way different, be it the front or even the back. For the frontal part, the Note 8 has a new display screen that leaves close to no bezels at the top and bottom. This means that you get an even bigger phone with a 6.4-inch display screen compared to the 5.7-inch unit found on the Note 7.
As usual with Samsung, the quality of display keeps on improving with each smartphone release, which is what you can expect from the Galaxy Note 8. There’s a new aspect ratio of 18.5:9, same as the Galaxy S8 and S8+. This means the resolution is also changed to QHD+ in order to accommodate the taller panel.
The Note 7 had an iris scanner, but the Note 8 adds facial recognition to this. One thing you might, perhaps, dislike about the new phone is the placement of the fingerprint scanner. For years, Samsung Galaxy Note users have gotten used to a front-mounted scanner, but the Note 8 has something different – a rear-mounted unit. Unlike other OEMs that position the sensor centrally and below the camera lens, Samsung has this feature just beside the main camera, a location that has gotten some S8 users furious.
On the inside, Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is a beast. There’s an Exynos 8895 or Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor paired with a huge 6GB RAM. The base model will ship with 64GB of internal storage while the high-end model will get 256GB. Whether there will be a 128GB variant is still unknown, but with the 256GB variant selling at $1200, the entry-level model could be priced at about $1000.
The Galaxy Note 8 is set to become the first Samsung phone with a dual-lens camera on the back. There’s talk of a 12MP+13MP combination with up to 2x optical zoom, OIS and f/1.7 aperture and more. As for the selfies, you’ll get an 8MP shooter, same as what is used on the S8 and S8+. Rumor has it that the battery capacity will stop at 3300mAh, which looks smaller in practice, but maybe Samsung has better optimizations to ensure that it lasts longer.
Other perks of the new Samsung Galaxy Note 8 include an IP68-rated body, Bluetooth 5.0, USB Type-C for charging and a 3.5mm audio jack as well as the unique S Pen, a feature that is exclusive to the Note family. For the software, Android 7.1.1 Nougat should come preinstalled out of the box.
So, do you think these specs and features on Samsung Galaxy Note 8 are enough to make it worth $1200? Let us know in your comments below.
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