Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is now more or less extinct. With the embarrassment and the image damage the device caused to the brand ‘Samsung’, the company probably doesn’t want to talk about the Note 7 fiasco ever again. The exploding Note 7 devices have been banned on airlines and users have been asked to get their devices replaced.
The Note 7 was a disaster but it brought several new features to the line of Samsung’s phablets. These features will continue with Samsung Galaxy Note 8 as well. Let’s take a look at some of the features the Galaxy Note 8 will definitely have –
Just a few months ago, USB Type-C wasn’t that mainstream. Most of the premium high-end smartphones released in the last four months of 2016 have USB Type-C by default. The Note 7 was Samsung’s first phone to sport USB Type-C but unfortunately, the phone decided to catch fire on its own. Too bad for Samsung but that gives a definite clue about the Galaxy Note 8 featuring a USB Type-C port. Another clue is that Samsung Gear VR headset now supports USB Type-C as well. Samsung has already transitioned to USB Type-C for all its major devices.
Dual Edge Curved Display
The Galaxy Note Edge did feature a curved display but only on the right side. Galaxy Note 7 was again the first Samsung Note device to come with a dual-edge curved display, although dual-edge Samsung smartphones are now pretty common. Galaxy S6 Edge and S7 Edge sport a dual-edge display, but do not belong to the Note line of devices. The Galaxy Note 8 is expected to come with a dual-edge curved display, owing to Galaxy Note 7’s design and form factor success.
Expandable Storage Option
Well, we all know how important expandable storage option is. Some smartphones don’t offer expandable storage option but come with flat 64GB internal storage. In a way, 64GB is sufficient but for hard-core gamers and movie buffs who wish to have a lot of games and media stored, 64GB may fall short. The Galaxy Note 7 was pretty impressive when it came to expandable storage – it offered storage up to 256GB. With the latest Android smartphones easily supporting expandable storage up to 1TB and even higher, the Galaxy Note 8 is also expected to come with a decent expandable storage option.
The Galaxy Note 7 was a first for many of Samsung’s features. It was also the first Samsung smartphone to feature an iris scanner. Now, many will readily agree that iris scanner is a solid security and authentication option to have on any smartphone. There’s no reason why Samsung would not include this in Galaxy Note 8.
Most of the premium smartphones that are available today are IP68 Certified. If you aren’t sure about what IP68 certification is all about, let’s clear it up for you. IP stands for International Protection marking, a standard by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). The ‘6’ in IP68 stands for the phone’s resistance to dust, general dirt, and sand. You have probably heard of IP67 certified smartphones too. The ‘7’ in IP67 is a rating given for water resistance. The Galaxy Note 7 and its S-Pen were both water resistant, meaning that the device and the stylus can be safely submerged in water up to 5 feet for 30 minutes. The Galaxy Note 8 will have this feature as well.
If you can recollect, Samsung Galaxy Note 7 came with the Blue Coral color option. Samsung fans totally loved the refreshing color variant. The Galaxy Note 8 will anyway be available in Gold and Silver options but it’s very likely that Samsung will introduce Galaxy Note 8 in Blue Coral color as well.
Galaxy Note 8 Release Date
Samsung is likely to release the Galaxy Note 8 in the second half of 2017. The release is likely to happen after the Galaxy S8 series that’s scheduled for April release.
What other features would you like to see on Samsung Galaxy Note 8?