Samsung Galaxy Note 8: Everything we know so far

UPDATED: specs seemingly confirmed: Our best look yet at Samsung's upcoming phablet

The Galaxy Note 7 was the crown jewel of Samsung's smartphone lineup last year – until it went up in flames.

Quite literally in some cases: as we now know, battery defects led to some explosive results for some owners, forcing Samsung to make a quick recall and retreat for what appeared to be its best phablet to date.

But now that the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus have been an unqualified success, and easily Samsung's best handsets to date, the rumour mill has started rumbling about a Galaxy Note 8 on the horizon. Will the next Note be able to restore confidence in the battered brand? And can it stand out amongst an even sharper class of Android handsets?

Here are all the rumours and reports we've heard so far, along with whether or not we reckon the details seem legit or not.

 

 

 

 

Is there anything else I should know?

Just a few things. You can expect a Bixby button like on the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus models – and hopefully, Bixby Voice will be ready by the release so you can actually use it for anything meaningful.

VentureBeat suggests that it will have a 3,300mAh battery pack, which is actually smaller than the Galaxy S8 Plus, as well as the Galaxy Note 7. However, Samsung might be a bit gun-shy here, since the bulging battery pack within the Note 7's slim frame reportedly caused the explosive incidents last year.

We should see some added S Pen functionality, such as easily converting currency or translating full sentences. VentureBeat also suggests that you'll be able to affix your own handwritten notes and doodles onto the always-on display's lock screen.

It should support the Samsung DeX, too, which lets you plug the phone into a dock and use it for a desktop-like experience on a secondary display.

Lastly, expect black, blue, and gold options for the handset at launch, although Samsung tends to release other colour variants for its flagships before too long.