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Samsung’s Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ were finally released this past Friday, and it seems like the phones are already well on their way to becoming a smash hit. The South Korean electronics giant announced Monday morning that combined Galaxy S8 and S8+ pre-orders out-sold Samsung’s previous-generation Galaxy S7 and S7 edge by 30%. As a quick reminder, the S7 and S7 edge were Samsung’s best-selling phones ever.

If you picked up a new Galaxy S8 on Friday or over the weekend, rest assured that you now hold the most stunning smartphones that have ever existed. They’re also two of the most powerful smartphones that have ever existed. In fact, there’s almost nothing on Earth that could possibly give you buyer’s remorse. Almost nothing…

When an early adopter buys a new flagship iPhone, he or she knows that there will be a full year to wait (and save up money) before an even better new flagship iPhone launches. In Samsung’s case, however, there’s a much shorter buffer in between flagship releases.

In the first half of each year, Samsung updates its Galaxy S lineup. The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are the company’s flagship smartphones for the first half of 2017 and as you read in our Galaxy S8 review, they’re incredible. Then, in the second half of 2017, Samsung will update its Note line with the all-new Galaxy Note 8.

If the Note 8 looks anything like this, Galaxy S8 and S8+ owners should prepare to be very, very jealous.

Graphic designer Muhsin M. Belaal Auckburaully teamed up with YouTube channel DBS Designing to completely reimagine Samsung’s Galaxy Note series using design cues from the Galaxy S8 along with rumors we’ve heard so far. The results, as you can see, are absolutely stunning.

Unlike most concept smartphones we see out there, this Galaxy Note 8 is actually rooted in reality. It likely doesn’t look exactly like the Note 8 Samsung will release later this year, but we’re willing to bet that it’s close. Hopefully Samsung sticks with the precedent set by the Galaxy S8, however, and ditches that distracting logo from the front of the phone.

As for specs, Auckburaully stays well within the realm of reality by sticking with the rumors we’ve heard so far. The Note 8 should feature a huge 6.4-inch QHD+ display and a screen-to-body ratio that’s even better than the 83% ratio on the Galaxy S8. Other expected specs include 6GB of RAM, 64GB or 128GB of storage, microSDXC support, a new dual-lens rear camera setup, an iris scanner, and a huge 4,000 mAh battery that hopefully doesn’t explode.

More images of Auckburaully’s Galaxy Note 8 design can be seen on his Behance page, and a video featuring the design is embedded below.

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Source : yahoo.com

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The Galaxy S8 was supposed to be Samsung’s first flagship to sport a dual lens camera like the iPhone 7 Plus, at least, according to a few reports from earlier this year. But Samsung ditched those plans because it had to reposition the fingerprint sensor on the back of the phone. Now, a report from a source with a terrific track record indicates that the Galaxy Note 8 will get a dual lens camera that’s currently missing from Samsung’s new S8 and S8+.

In a research note seen by 9to5Google, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says the Galaxy Note 8 will be Samsung’s first dual-camera handset.

The “Note 8’s dual-camera will be much better than that of iPhone 7 Plus, and likely match that of OLED iPhone,” the analyst wrote. He said that the camera will be the Galaxy Note 8’s most significant update, apart from the Infinity Display design we’re all expecting. The camera will offer 3x optical zoom, 12MP wide-angle CIS (correction image space), dual photodiode (2PD) support, 13MP telephoto CIS, dual 6P lenses and dual OIS (optical image stabilization).

The Galaxy Note 8 will reportedly pack a 6.4-inch OLED display with QHD+ resolution, an Exynos 8895 or Snapdragon 835 chip depending on region, and a fingerprint sensor on the back. Apparently, Samsung won’t be able to perfect technology that would let it embed the sensor into the display — that was the original plan for the Galaxy S8 series as well.

Meanwhile, the iPhone 8’s rear camera is tipped to have a vertical orientation, with each lens expected to offer OIS. According to a recent report, Apple is also looking to integrate the fingerprint sensor into the display, but the process is challenging and might delay the phone’s release.

Source : bgr.com

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It looks like Samsung is gearing for a comeback with the Galaxy Note 8 quick after the disaster that is the Galaxy Note 7.

Everyone lay witness to the huge crash that Samsung experienced with the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, which forced the company to do a complete recall of all units of the said model. Despite this huge failure on Samsung’s part, however, The Guardian reports that Samsung continues to lead in the global smartphone market in the third quarter of this year, still at 20 percent of the market share right before tight contender Apple.

But Samsung knows it has to shape up with the upcoming Galaxy S8, S8 Plus, and Note 8 to keep its lead in the race. With Apple’s not-so-popular iPhone 7, the playing field could still be quite even for the two smartphone giants.

The upcoming Galaxy S8, S8 Plus, and Note 8 units have sparked yet another speculation chain all over the internet because everyone knows its only a matter of time before Samsung releases an update to its smartphone and phablet lines. But before October ended, a Samsung representative spoke with CIO.

“Samsung has not officially communicated any information about a new Note lineup, so any reports referring to a new Note device are purely speculation and are not in reference to any communications from Samsung on a future Note.”

But everyone is convinced that Samsung is not yet ready to give up on the Note line. In fact, Samsung did confirm to Reuters in an official statement that customers who once owned a Galaxy Note 7 in South Korea will be able to get their hands on a Galaxy S8 or Note 8 update through an upgrade program when these models come out next year. This upgrade program will let the previous Galaxy Note 7 users to purchase Galaxy S8 or Note 8 next year for a half the price

As of date, the said upgrade program was only confirmed for South Korean owners and international patrons are hoping that Samsung will extend to them a similar upgrade program when the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8 hits the market.

“In addition to offering refunds or exchanges for a Galaxy S7 smartphone, Samsung has already offered financial incentives amounting to 100,000 won ($88.39) to affected customers in South Korea. Users in the upgrade program will need to pay only half the price of a Galaxy S7 device, rather than the full amount, before exchanging to the S8 or the Note 8,” Samsung said.

Surely, the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8 are already in development. But Tech Times confirms this news via Evan Blass, a known mobile reporter who has a knack for reporting unannounced smartphone news.

In a recent tweet, Blass confirmed that the upcoming Galaxy S8 models will ship as SM-G950 and SM-G955.

We are highly certain that SM-N950 is the model number for the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 8 since we know that the Note 7’s model number was SM-930, Galaxy Note 5 was SM-920, Galaxy Note 4 was SM-N910, and Galaxy Note 3 was SM-900.

A previous Inquisitr report cited Patrick Moorhead, chief analyst of Moor Insights & Strategy, who believes that the release of the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8 could be as early as January 2017.

“I think come January or March — January at CES or March at Mobile World Congress — they’ll come out with a Note 8. But it will be their high-end phone that not only goes after high-end consumers but enterprise as well.”

Surely, if Samsung has already come out with an upgrade program that involves the newer Galaxy S8 and Note 8, it’s only a matter of time before these new units get official release. With both the Note line having caught up with Samsung’s S line, Vine Report believes that the release of the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus will be alongside the release of the Note 8.

Source:  inquisitr.com

 

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