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Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Reportedly Codenamed 'Gr3at,' Expected At IFA 2017: What We Know So Far

15 June 2017, 10:34 am EDT By Alexandra Burlacu Tech Times
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Samsung Galaxy Note 8 leaks have started to intensify, and the latest one reveals the codename "Gr3at." The device is expected to debut at IFA 2017 in September, and here's what we know so far about its purported specifications.  ( Chung Sung-Jun | Getty Images )

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is expected to make its debut at IFA 2017 in September and it's apparently codenamed "Gr3at."

Previous rumors already claimed that the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 8 would sport the codename "Great," but the latest leak now offers the alternate spelling "Gr3at." No word yet on whether the "3" in the codename actually stands for something or it's just an alternate spelling.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Codename

The latest tidbit of information comes from Evan Blass, also known as @evleaks, which has offered accurate details about unannounced products and plans on multiple occasions in the past.

Either way, the codename "Gr3at," or "Great," seems to make sense considering the rumored specs for the upcoming Galaxy Note 8. Samsung had a tough time last year with the explosive Galaxy Note 7, which it had to recall twice because the battery kept overheating and exploding, and it still has to make up for it.

The recently launched Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ have already stirred great interest and they top consumer preferences, but Samsung fans are eagerly waiting to see what the Galaxy Note 8 will bring to the table.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Rumored Specs

The new Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is expected to boast a massive 6.3-inch display with a QHD resolution (2,560 x 1,440 pixels) and the company's Infinity Display design, which made the Galaxy S8 line so popular. Under the hood, the device could pack the upcoming Qualcomm Snapdragon 836 chipset for the U.S. version, which should be slightly faster than the Snapdragon 835.

The Galaxy Note 8 is further rumored to sport dual rear cameras with a 12-megapixel wide-angle lens and a 13-megapixel telephoto lens. If this turns out to be accurate, the Galaxy Note 8 could be Samsung's first smartphone to rock a dual-rear camera setup.

Moreover, the Galaxy Note 8 could also be the first Samsung flagship to boast in-display fingerprint authentication. Samsung has already been working with Synaptics on such technology and it reportedly wanted to launch the Galaxy S8 series with a fingerprint scanner embedded into the display, but ultimately ran out of time with the implementation and rather than delay the launch, it went for an oddly-placed fingerprint sensor located right next to the rear camera.

The weird and uncomfortable placement of the rear-mounted fingerprint scanner on the Galaxy S8 drew some criticism, but Samsung is expected to make up for it with the upcoming Galaxy Note 8. If the technology is still not ready for implementation, however, the Galaxy Note 8 could sport a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner as well.

As previously mentioned, the Galaxy Note 8 could make its debut at the IFA 2017 trade show, which kicks off on Sept. 1 in Berlin. This would give Samsung a headstart before Apple unveils its iPhone 8 later in September.

Until then, Samsung is bringing back the fiery Galaxy Note 7, refurbished and presumably safe, as the Galaxy Note FE. Galaxy Note 8 details, meanwhile, remain unconfirmed for now, so take all leaks and reports with a grain of salt.

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