Galaxy Note 8 specs tip the big war with iPhone 8


The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will be released later this year and now, more than ever, its hardware aims to fight the next iPhone. The iPhone 8 – or iPhone Edition, or iPhone Pro as it might instead be called – has been tipped to skip a step in the world of yearly iPhone upgrades. The Samsung Galaxy Note 8’s specifications can be found within a range of specs already released – starting with the Galaxy S8 Plus.

Earlier this year we found a set of images which were suggested to depict a Galaxy S8 with two cameras. This device was later tipped to be a template – of sorts – for the next Galaxy Note. If that tip remains true, we’re looking at a Galaxy Note 8 that’s set to go head to head with the next big iPhone – which will undoubtedly have a dual-lens back-facing camera like the iPhone 7 Plus – but a bit better, of course.

The following specifications are entirely hypothetical. They are based on leaked images and benchmarks that’ve appeared over the past several weeks. In no way should these specs be read as final or official – we’ll see when we see.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Specifications (Hypothetical)
• Display: 6.2-inch Super AMOLED Quad HD+ display (2960×1440, 529ppi)
• Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 PRO processor (if they make one)
• RAM: 6GB
• Internal Storage: 64GB, 128GB
• Camera: 12 MP, f/1.7, 26mm, phase detection autofocus, OIS, LED flash, 8MP secondary
• Front-Camera: 8 MP, f/1.7, autofocus, 1440p@30fps, dual video call, Auto HDR
• Battery: 4000mAh
• Connectivity: USB-C, Bluetooth 5, Wi-Fi, 4G LTE, 3G, nanoSIM, NFC
• Additional: Hidden Fingerprint Scanner, Iris Scanner, IP68 water/dust resistance, Wireless Charging

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The iPhone OLED model will likely hedge most of its bets on several bits of technology that have not yet been used in an iPhone. The first and most obvious of these is the OLED technology in the display. That’ll make the display brighter and more intense than its been on any previous iPhone, but not necessarily any brighter or more intense than that of the Galaxy Note 8.

The iPhone would also have a Touch ID sensor embedded within its OLED display – somewhat of a sandwich situation, as it were. Images of the iPhone 8 (OLED) based on early models leaked to case-makers suggest that this model is much the same shape as its predecessor. Without a home button, the front looks a bit different, while the back has a pill-shaped camera array that’s turned vertical rather than horizontal.

Apple iPhone 8 (OLED MODEL) (Hypothetical)
• Display: 5.8-inch OLED display
• Processor: Apple A11 chip
• RAM: 4GB
• Internal Storage: 64GB, 128GB
• Camera: Dual 12 MP, (28mm, f/1.8, OIS & 56mm, f/2.8), phase detection autofocus, 2x optical zoom, quad-LED (dual tone) flash
• Front-Camera: 7 MP, f/2.2, 32mm, 1080p@30fps, 720p@240fps, face detection, HDR, panorama
• Battery: 3000 mAh
• Connectivity: Lightning Connector, Bluetooth 5, Wi-Fi, 4G LTE, 3G, nanoSIM, NFC
• Additional: Hidden Fingerprint Scanner, Iris Scanner, IP68 water/dust resistance, Wireless Charging

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Specifications above are based on rumors and leaked images, not unlike those of the Galaxy Note 8. This device has not yet been confirmed by Apple, nor will it be confirmed before whatever special event they hold for it in the coming months.

Both of these devices will be announced well ahead of release. Expect both to come closer to the end of Summer than the beginning – and expect a real face-to-face war when the time comes. Tap in to our timeline below to see other recent revelations.