Smartphone Preview: Samsung Galaxy Note 8

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The Samsung Galaxy S8 has been out for less than three months and yet here we are again getting ready for another smartphone release from the South Korean electronics giant.

In this case we’re awaiting the arrival of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, Samsung’s latest phablet-sized flagship smartphone and the successor to the infamous Galaxy Note 7.

Released in August of last year, the Galaxy Note 7 was on sale for just two months before Samsung discontinued the device due to faulty batteries that were causing Note 7 smartphones to catch on fire.

The incident is believed to have cost Samsung an estimated $17 billion in revenue last year, which is why 2017 has been so important for the company.

Thankfully, the immensely popular Galaxy S8 and the larger S8+ variant seem to have gotten Samsung back on track and it’s likely the upcoming Galaxy Note 8 will also be a hit among consumers.

The latest leaks suggest the Galaxy Note 8 will feature a 6.4-inch screen with 4K resolution and a bezel-less ‘Infinity Display’ like the Galaxy S8 and S8+.

As this is one of Samsung’s Note smartphones, it’s almost guaranteed to come with an S Pen stylus.

It’s also expected to feature a 12MP dual-lens rear camera with 3x optical zoom plus a 5MP to 8MP front camera for picture perfect selfies.

An August release date is rumoured for the Galaxy Note 8, which would make sense as both the Note 7 and Note 5 smartphones were released in August.

It also gives Samsung the competitive edge over Apple’s iPhone 8, which insiders predict will go on sale in either September or October.

Hopefully we won’t have too long to wait before we see Samsung’s latest phablet smartphone in action.

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