The Galaxy Note 8 is expected to be officially announced in just two days at Samsung’s Aug. 23 Unpacked event, but much is already known about the device if rumors are to be believed. The smartphone is Samsung’s first flagship phablet since the demise of the Galaxy Note 7, but the manufacturer is not looking toward the device for redemption. The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ had a successful launch with no safety catastrophes and many positive reviews. Pundits expect the same for the upcoming device.

Still, precautions are being taken with the Galaxy Note 8 to ensure its launch runs smoothly. Rumors suggest it will host a smaller battery and a body slightly larger than the Galaxy S8+. The Galaxy Note 8 will also be subjected to Samsung’s eight-point safety check before release.

On the rumor front, it appears Samsung may include updated camera, storage and software features on the Galaxy Note 8. Leaks also suggest new color options. Here’s a rundown of what else consumers can expect.  

Display

The Galaxy Note 8 is expected to continue Samsung’s dual-edged curved display design, but rumors suggest the screen size could be either 6.3-inches or 6.4-inches. This is just slightly larger than the 6.2-inch Galaxy S8+. Leaks indicate the Galaxy Note 8 will also have a similar 18.5:9 infinity display to the Galaxy S8, with its home button being embedded into the screen, instead of having a capacitive home button featured on older devices. The Galaxy Note 8 was rumored to feature an on-screen home button, but it appears that feature may be further delayed as Samsung reportedly has not yet perfected the component for consumer use.

Design

Several leaks have all but confirmed the design of the Galaxy Note 8. The device is expected to be tall and slim with thin bezels and no physical home button as we previously mentioned. It’s rumored dimensions are 162.5 x 74.6 x 8.5 mm. The Galaxy Note 8 will likely have an all-glass body, similar to the Galaxy S8, with its paneling being made of Gorilla Glass 5. However, the Galaxy Note 8 may have a square shape, while the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are more rounded at the corners.  

The Galaxy Note 8 will surely feature an S-Pen, similar to all of its predecessors. This feature is also one of the reasons the Galaxy Note 8 may have a smaller battery than the Galaxy S8+, which runs a 3,500mAh cell. We found last year that the Galaxy Note 7 had a 3,500mAh battery, while the Galaxy S7 Edge had a 3,600mAh battery, with the reasoning being the S-Pen too up space in the device’s chassis.

Rumors suggest the Galaxy Note 8 may come in several color options including Midnight Black, Maple Gold, Orchid Grey, Deep Sea Blue. There have also been rumors of color options including Silver, Coral Blue, Dark Blue, and Pink.

Other features, such as a USB Type-C port, microSD slot and IP68 water and dust resistance should be retained on the Galaxy Note 8 from older models.

Specifications

The Galaxy Note 8 is expected to have some fairly common hardware specifications, including a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chip, the same that runs the Galaxy S8. The Galaxy Note 8 is rumored for a memory upgrade to 6GB of RAM. The last boost happened when the Galaxy Note 5 went from 3GB to 4GB. Internal storage for the Galaxy Note 8 is expected to start at 64GB, but there are rumors of 128GB and 256GB models, which may be available in select markets. The device’s microSD card should be able to expand memory up to 265GB.  

The Galaxy Note 8 is expected to feature a 3,300mAh battery, partially for safety reasons, but also because of the device’s S-Pen as previously mentioned. Recent reports indicate Samsung is not using batteries from the supplier Amperex Technology Limited (ATL) for the Galaxy Note 8 and is instead using batteries from its own Samsung SDI subsidiary and another company called Japan’s Murata Manufacturing. The Galaxy Note 7 originally featured batteries from Samsung SDI when handsets began malfunctioning shortly after release. Samsung quickly switched its supplier to ATL; however, further malfunctions with the newer battery led to the ultimate discontinuation of the Galaxy Note 7. Even with the new supplier, Samsung SDI is expected to produce the majority of batteries for the Galaxy Note 8.

Software

The Galaxy Note 8 is expected to release running the year-old OS, Android 7.1.1 Nougat. However, software upgrades are expected through a new version of Samsung’s user interface, The Galaxy Note 8 will likely run the Samsung Experience 8.5 UX, an update from the 8.1 version currently on the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. The new software is expected to include updates to Samsung’s iris and face recognition features as well as an overall smoother experience for the interface.

Camera

The Galaxy Note 8 is expected to introduce to Samsung’s premium line a dual camera setup, which may include a 1 2-megapixel optical lens with f/1.7 aperture and 12-megapixel telephoto lens with f/2.4 aperture and 2x optical zoom. Other main camera features may include simultaneous 4K video and 9MP image recording, touch focus, face/smile detection, Auto HDR, panorama. The device’s front camera will likely include an 8-megapixel lens with  f/1.7 aperture and dual video call and Auto HDR features.

New Features

The highlight feature on the Galaxy Note 8 will likely be its dual camera. However, Samsung has also teased new S-Pen features for the advice in a recent advertisement. There have been no details on what those features might include.

The Galaxy Note 8 will also feature its fingerprint scanner on its back panel, similar to the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. As previously mentioned, Samsung may optimize its iris scanner and facial recognition with updates to its Samsung Experience interface. The Galaxy Note 8 will likely also feature Bixby AI assistant with its Voice capability enabled.

Price And Availability

The Galaxy Note 8 is rumored to have a price between $900 and $1200, depending on its memory and storage configurations and the market, in which is sells. There is no definitive word on what the device may cost in the U.S.

Release Date

Currently, rumors have widely accepted that the Galaxy Note 8 may release to market on Sept. 15. The device may be made available for preorder between Aug. 24 and Aug. 25 depending on the market. Some rumors have suggested a Sept. 1-10 preorder period for certain markets. As said, Samsung is expected to be unveiled Aug. 23.