The new Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is expected to be released on August 23rd, but VentureBeat's Evan Blass received leaked images of the new device and has shared them via Twitter.
When it rains etc. pic.twitter.com/D0lFR5Wn1B
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) 1 August 2017
The super crisp images, show what everyone expected, which is a massive screen stretched to the limits of the handset by Samsung's edge-to edge infinity technology. The phone is heavily anticipated after the disaster of its previous iteration, the Note 7 which was subject to a total recall after it was discovered the battery could spontaneously combust. Samsung suffered significant market share and customer trust following the bungled recall process. So expectations for the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 are sky high.
Details around the new Samsung Galaxy Note 8 are vague, but from what we can gather from the leaked images the screen looks like it is an OLED (organic light-emitting diode) "Infinity Display" without any evidence of a physical home key.
Samsung Galaxy Note8 (in Midnight Black) pic.twitter.com/QZii9xFarQ
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) 31 July 2017
The photo of the back of the phone, also supplied by Blass, indicate the handset will have a fingerprint scanner and a dual camera system. It seems the Note’s stylus will make a comeback, a necessary add-on for customers who use the phone to its full tablet capabilities. From what we can see, it isn't clear if the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will have a headphone jack. Rumors in tech circles indicate the phone might have the following specs: a 6.3-inch, 2:1 aspect ratio, QuadHD (2960x1440) display, a top-of-the-line Snapdragon system-on-a-chip from Qualcomm (either the 835 or 836) and memory of up to 6GB of RAM, the battery will likely be 3300mAh.
Samsung needs to step up after Note 7 disaster
Samsung halted production of its Note 7 after the second recall of the phone. In a statement from October 2016, the Korean company said, "For the benefit of consumers' safety, we stopped sales and exchanges of the Galaxy Note 7 and have consequently decided to stop production.”
The phone was originally recalled in September 2016, after reports the battery was spontaneously igniting. Affected phones were able to be exchanged, however, the exchanged phones proved to have the same problem. A more extensive, formal recall was announced by the company in October 2016.
Samsung outsold by Apple in 2016 Q4
Samsung has a range of smartphones that cover both the budget and high-end markets. The Samsung Galaxy S8 is generally considered to be better value for money than the Apple iPhone 7. Despite this, Apple sold more mobile phones than Samsung in the last quarter of 2016. Apple sold 78.3 million units worldwide while Samsung sold 77.5 million.
The Samsung Group was founded in Korea as a trading company in 1938. It entered into the technology market in the late 1960's and while the company remains diversified, mobile phones and semiconductors have become its most important source of income.