The Note 7 has caused major headaches for Samsung. Now discontinued, fans are looking forward to the Note 8, which has not been dropped by Samsung. We investigate when is the Note 8 coming out: Galaxy Note 8 UK release date and specification rumours.

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Galaxy Note 8 UK release date rumours: When is the Note 8 coming out? 

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 UK release date: August 2017 (TBC) 

Traditionally Samsung has unveiled a new Galaxy Note flagship every year at the IFA tradeshow, which takes place in early September. For the past two years it has announced its new Galaxy Note early in August to get out ahead of the new iPhone, which is always revealed mid-September. 

The most likely release date is August 2017. However, there are several factors pointing to an alternative release date. 

The discontinued Note 7 has been a spectacular failure, hitting the company’s bottom line hard with a loss to the tune of several billion pounds, and a much harder impact on its reputation - one that may prove difficult to eradicate. Samsung is now faced with the choice of releasing the Note 8 much earlier to fill the gap in its product line and remove the focus from the Note 7, or to carry on as normal.

Some say the Note 8 will be released in February alongside the Samsung Galaxy S8, though this rumour appears to have come from the idea that Samsung is expected to announce two phones and both are thought to have curved-edge screens. Though one will still have a larger screen and a higher-capacity battery (and is rumoured to come with a dual-lens camera and higher-resolution 4K screen), Samsung isn’t going to be able to distinguish the two by referring to them as the standard and edge models any longer. (We’ve speculated that we will see the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus.) 

Plus it can’t be ignored that the Galaxy S-series edge is edging ever closer to the Note family in specification, with little more than an S Pen and some stylus-friendly software (or maybe not) to distinguish the two lines. 

There were whispers to suggest Samsung would be dropping its Note family, but dropping its second annual flagship launch could have an enormous impact on Samsung's profit margins. Fortunately the company has now confirmed that the Note 8 will exist, and that it will in Korea offer Note 7 buyers 50 percent discounts if they upgrade to the Galaxy S8 or Galaxy Note 8.

(You'll still find the odd site saying the Note 8 won't happen, but we guess that's why you should come to PC Advisor for your Note 8 rumours.)

All that said, we can't ignore the fact the Galaxy Note 8 already exists as an Android tablet from 2013 - read our Galaxy Note 8.0 review. We think that if Samsung is going to release a Note 8 it’s possible it could look to change the name. Also see: Best Samsung phone

Galaxy Note 8 specification rumours: What to expect from Note 8

The Galaxy Note 8 will have to pull out all the stops to help people forget about the debacle that was the Note 7. It’s too early for much in the way of Note 8 leaks, but it’s easy to speculate. Also see: Best smartphones and best Android phones

The Note family is best known for its large, high-resolution screen and S Pen stylus support. Unfortunately for it, for the first time the Note family's S Pen stylus is expected to be available for the Galaxy S8, although it's not yet clear whether it will be sold as an optional extra or supplied in the box. If true, there will be few features differentiating the Note 8 and the anticipated large-screen Galaxy S8 Plus, which could mean the new phablet faces an even tougher audience than is already suspected.

In more S Pen news, rumours say it could get an upgrade and integrate a new speaker. According to Patently Mobile, in September 2016 a patent was published by the US Patent & Trademark Office for the new stylus. It says: "When the pen is being stored in the Galaxy Note body, the speaker, which is in the pen shaft, carries sound through the pen and exists at the top of the pen via a new speaker. When the pen is removed for the Note device the sound simply travels from the internal speaker through the pen shaft opening."

New S Pen

We would expect the Note 8 to come with a 5.7in Quad-HD or 4K SuperAMOLED display, and there is increasing talk that it could get the latter, making the Note 8 Samsung's first 4K smartphone.

It’s likely to be under 8mm thick (unless Samsung decides this is what caused the battery issues), waterproof, and feature dual cameras and a high-capacity (circa-3500mAh) battery with adaptive fast charging, fast wireless charging and USB-C support.

It will run Android 7.0 Nougat, with an update to Android O within a few months of its release. Samsung’s usual sensors - the heart-rate scanner, fingerprint scanner and iris scanner - should all be present.

In terms of core hardware we know that the Note series is traditionally a slightly more powerful version of the S series that is released earlier that year, though the Galaxy S8 is already expected to be a hugely powerful phone in order to provide the best VR and graphics experience. The S8 is expected to come with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 or next-gen Exynos processor with the ARM Mali-G71 GPU and 6GB (or even 8GB, since the Snapdragon 835 supports this) of RAM. Expect the Note 8 to come with a minimum 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage.

Samsung has announced that it will be acquiring car audio maker Harman for $8bn with its eyes firmly on the connected car market. However, the brand is best known by consumers for its Harman Kardon audio label, which could spell very nice things for the upcoming Galaxy S8. Samsung says it will utilise Harman's audio brands, which also include the likes of AKG and JBL, to "deliver enhanced customer benefits and elevate user experiences across Samsung's complete portfolio of consumer and professional products and systems". (Via Android Central.)

One thing we can pretty much guarantee is that the Note 8 will feature the same software as the Galaxy S8, which means Android Nougat, TouchWiz, and the brand-new Bixby AI assistant. New details have been emerging about Bixby, primarily via Sammobile, and we now know that it might be available in female and male versions (potentially Kestra and Bixby, both of which may be fun references to Star Trek given the Galaxy in the S8's name), and that it can conduct mobile payments, control native apps and perform image search and OCR using the camera.

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