Evan Blass, the prolific gadgets leaker known as @evleaks on Twitter, has released a report on Venture Beat containing a comprehensive list of rumored information about the upcoming Galaxy Note 8’s specs.
If Blass’ information is accurate, the Galaxy Note 8 could be similar to the Galaxy S8. We’re looking at similar internal hardware with a slight boost for multitasking, a potentially identical camera, and a size not much bigger.
Here’s an earlier post on Blass’ Twitter account of what may be the Galaxy Note 8’s design:
Check out what else Blass had to say about the Galaxy Note 8’s supposed specs:
The Galaxy Note 8 will have the same water resistance as the Galaxy S8.
Blass claims that the Galaxy Note 8 will be certified with IP68 water and dust resistance, the same certification awarded to the Galaxy S8. That means the Note 8 should survive in 5 feet of water for up to 30 minutes.
It will have a 6.3-inch display.
As previously rumored, the Galaxy Note 8 could have a 6.3-inch display with the Galaxy S8’s taller 18.5:9 aspect ratio (compared with the traditional 16:8 aspect ratio). That’s just 0.1 inches bigger than the Galaxy S8 Plus’ display. It’s also expected to have a sharp 1440p resolution that’s now standard on flagship Samsung devices.
It won’t be much bigger than the Galaxy S8 Plus.
Blass claims that the Galaxy Note 8 will be 162.5 millimeters tall, 74.6 mm wide, and 8.5 mm thick, which would be slightly larger than the Galaxy S8 Plus’ 159.5 mm x 73.4 mm x 8.1 mm dimensions.
The Galaxy Note 8 will have the same chip as the Galaxy S8.
Samsung will reportedly use the same chips turning the wheels inside the Galaxy S8 smartphones, including the Exynos 8895 chip for global markets and the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor for the US market.
But the Galaxy Note 8 will have more RAM.
According to Blass, the Galaxy Note 8 will get 6 GB of RAM, compared with the Galaxy S8’s 4 GB. That would be plenty to handle the Galaxy Note line’s features designed for the S Pen stylus, like adding notes to screenshots or hovering the pen over an app icon to preview it.
The Galaxy Note 8 will be Samsung’s first smartphone with a dual-lens camera.
From Blass’ report, it seems like the Galaxy Note 8 will have a dual-lens system, one of which will don the same 12-megapixel camera as the Galaxy S8, or one similar to it.
One of the lenses is said to be a wide-angle camera with the dual-pixel autofocus technology that helped make the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy 8 cameras the best in class. It’s also supposed to come with the same f/1.7 aperture, designed for better low-light shots, as the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S8.
The second lens could offer 2x optical zoom, like the iPhone 7 Plus.
Despite its larger size, the Galaxy Note 8 will have a slightly smaller battery than the Galaxy S8 Plus.
Blass believes the Galaxy Note 8 will have a 3,300-mAh battery, which is slightly smaller than the Galaxy S8 Plus’ 3,500-mAh one. It’s unclear whether a smaller battery could affect battery life, which we’ll test when we get our hands on the device.
As with any leak, take this information with a grain of salt, as Samsung could unveil something completely different during its event.
Samsung is hosting an event on August 23 to unveil the Galaxy Note 8 where we’ll see its specs and design.