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Samsung Galaxy Note 8 prepares for release, clears FCC

Samsung has its unpacked event lined up for August 23, and we know what the big announcement the Korean company has for us at the event — the Galaxy Note 8. Well, just in line with that, the Galaxy Note 8 has impressed the good folks at FCC already, gearing up for the release said to be in September.

A new model no. from Samsung Electronics has passed through the FCC, bearing model no. SM-N950U. Given that the ill-fated Note 7 carried the SM-N930 model no. for USA, similar to S7’s SM-G930 no., it can be safely assume that the SM-N950U is a Note 8. considering Galaxy S8 sets go by SM-G950U and SM-G955U in USA.

FYI, the listing also mentions model nos. SM-N950U1 and SM-N950W — we are sure the latter one ending with W is the one for Canada.

Earlier today, a leak from Samsung’s Australian portal gave us good hint that Samsung is preparing for the Note 8’s launch, thanks to a Note 8 registration page coming live.

Specs-wise, it’s safe to say that the Galaxy Note 8 packs in serious horsepower, quite naturally. You’re looking at Snapdragon 836 processor (a +1 on current gen bets SD835 chipset), 6GB RAM (no 8GB model, but you didn’t need it anyway) and 64GB of storage for the base model. We think the Note 8 would definitely come in 128GB variant too, but there’s rumor about a 256GB model, dubbed as Note 8 Emperor edition, in the works too.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 would naturally sport an S-Pen, but its display size would be a hair larger than Samsung current largest display topping smartphone, the Galaxy S8 Plus, which sports a 6.2-inch display. Rumor has it that a 6.3-inch Super AMOLED display — presumably the same on as that on S8 and S8 Plus — would grace the front of Note 8.

More interesting prospect about the Note 8 specs though, is the dual-camera that is being rumored for the big phablet. It’s very much possible that Note 8 will be Samsung’s first dual-camera device to arrive in stores, but Samsung is also working on more dual-camera phones, like Galaxy C7 2017. The Note 8 dual-camera could sport two 12MP sensors, while it could also feature 3X optical zoom.

While Google has not released the Android O update yet, which it should do sometime in August, but even though the Galaxy Note 8 is a solid contender for Android 8.0, it would come with Android 7.0 pre-installed. Could be Android 7.1.1, yes, but certainly not Android 8.0.

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