Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8 has become the subject of an in-depth expose which reveals its launch timeline, specs, and price. The phone is well on its way to becoming the brand’s most expensive handset ever at a cost of €999 (roughly Rs 72120). The figure might convert to a little over $900 in the US.
The mind-blowingly expensive number can be seen as an expected escalation given the Galaxy S8+ currently goes for €899. Samsung’s Note series has traditionally been more costly than its S lineup and it looks like 2017 isn’t going to change that pattern.
So what will you be paying €999 for? Not a supersized or more unique screen, since the Galaxy Note 8 might boast of the same 18.5:9 aspect ratio AMOLED Infinity Display as the Galaxy S8+. Instead of the latter’s 6.2-inch display, the smartphone could get a slightly bigger 6.3-inch panel. The device is also set to share the same Exynos 8895 or Snapdragon 835 processor with its flagship cousin.
According to VentureBeat, Samsung is apparently counting on the introduction of 12MP dual rear cameras blessed with OIS to get people lining up for its phone. The module is set to adopt a horizontal configuration and will probably be found to the left of the flash and heart rate sensor.
Unfortunately, you’ll likely see the Galaxy Note 8’s fingerprint scanner to the right of the latter two. Previous reports have alleged that the company hasn’t quite nailed down an under-display solution yet, hence the return to the back of the phone.
If the presence of two cameras doesn’t do it for you, Samsung’s also updating the S Pen with new abilities like currency conversion and full-sentence language translation. Split-screen multitasking is supposedly getting easier to use and there might be a new feature which lets you pin handwritten notes to the always-on display.
Other rumored specs include a smaller 3300mAh battery, 6GB of RAM, and DeX support. The first will doubtless have everyone’s attention this year given the disaster that was the Galaxy Note 7. The Galaxy Note 8 is set to arrive a bit later than its predecessor in the second half of September in black, blue and gold colors.