After months of leaks and rumours, the Galaxy Note 8 was finally unveiled yesterday in an event in New York City. The phone has a design that’s similar to that of the Galaxy S8 and S8+, featuring a 6.3-inch QHD+ Infinity Display. The standard variant of the Note 8 comes with 6GB of RAM, and while rumours initially said that Korea would get an 8GB model with 256GB storage, Samsung is also testing a variant with 4GB of RAM.
According to a new leak on TENAA through IT Home, Samsung is set to launch a Galaxy Note 8 model with 4GB of RAM in the country alongside the standard edition. Samsung could be trying to target a lower price point with the 4GB Note 8, as the default edition costs as much as $1,000 in the U.S.
The TENAA leak suggests the rest of the hardware will be similar to that of the standard Note 8. That includes IP68 water and dust resistance, Snapdragon 835, iris and facial recognition, microSD slot, and a 3300mAh battery.
The Note 8 will launch in China on September 13, and should be available in stores from September 23. The 6GB model with 64GB storage is rumoured to cost 6288 yuan (₹60,000), while the version with 128GB storage will cost 7088 yuan (₹68,000). The 4GB RAM model should be on sale for ₹5,000 to ₹7,500 less than the 6GB version, but as of now there’s no official confirmation from Samsung regarding the same. We will let you know further once we know more.
The main highlight of the Note line has been the S Pen, and the Note 8 introduces a new stylus with increased pressure sensitivity.
Samsung also rolled out an all-new imaging sensor in the Note 8. The phone is the first from the South Korean manufacturer to offer dual cameras at the back, and the salient point is that both cameras have OIS. The second shooter doubles up as a telephoto lens, offering 2x optical zoom.
As for an Indian launch, we don’t have a lot of details, but we should know more in the coming weeks.