Alleged Note 8 specs and schematics tip 6.4" 4K display, 6GB RAM, mysterious perforations

With the Galaxy S8 and S8+ already behind us, we can safely turn our prophetic gaze into the future, namely the Galaxy Note 8. We kid, but there have been so many leaks and tips about the upcoming Galaxy S8 flagship that there's barely a thing we still don't know or suspect with а good degree of certainty. The Note 8, however, is a totally different matter, as we only have the immortal words of Samsung's DJ Koh: "I will bring back a better, safer and very innovative Note 8," uttered way back in January.

While we already speculated a bit over what the "innovative" term might mean, today the Chinese tech blogosphere spat out an alleged schematic drawing of the device, apparently from the early stages of its engineering verification phase. Thankfully, the insiders also tipped some specs info to go along with it, which are nothing groundbreaking, yet sound credible precisely on account of that fact. Let's break them down!


Allegedly, the Note 8 will arrive with a Snapdragon 835 or an Exynos 9-series chipset. While the 835 is a no-brainer, especially if Samsung wants to sell the eventual phablet in the US, a true 9-series hasn't even been announced yet. The only thing we've seen so far, is a listing of a mysterious Exynos 9810 processor on the LinkedIn profile of a testing engineer. The last Exynos Samsung announced was the 8895, and that's the one that is expected to power the Galaxy S8 when it lands globally. It's still part of the 9-series, as per Samsung's press release upon unveiling, and yet its model number isn't 9XXX, so the Note 8 may get a more souped-up chippery than the S8.


Moving on to the screen, the source tips a 6.4" Super AMOLED panel with, wait for it... 4K resolution. That's 3840 × 2160 pixels, but, judging from the schematics you see above, the Note 8 chassis could be an evolution of the Galaxy S8 design, meaning that Samsung should go along with the expected 18.5:9 aspect ratio it has shoehorned the 5.8" S8 panel in. If we take the alleged S8 and S8+ 2.05:1 ratio, a 4K panel on the Note 8 could be 4428 x 2160 pixels, with the on-screen buttons strip occupying a hundred pixels or so at the bottom. Just like with the S8 resolution, Samsung could mark this UHD+ or 4K+. Let's not forget that we already had multiple rumors pegging the S8 as arriving with 4K UHD resolution and dual camera, which apparently won't materialize, but they could have actually been referring to the Note 8.


The last but by no means least category in the specs list that accompanies the leaked schematic, is the memory situation. The Note 8 is said to come with 6 GB of RAM, and "up to 256 GB" of storage." While the RAM amount is certainly believable, given that Samsung already has the C9 Pro with 6 GB RAM in the Chinese market, and the S8 is rumored to have a 6 GB version there as well, we'll have to see the 256 GB storage offer to believe it. There have been rumors about these elusive 256 GB-laden Samsung flagships for a while now, and they are yet to bear fruit.


Looking around the sides, we can see an S-Pen silo, a USB-C port and regular 3.5mm audio jack at the bottom, a SIM/microSD slot at the top, and a Bixby button on the left, underneath the volume buttons. At the front, we can see the face-scanning and selfie cameras, too. This is pretty much the Galaxy S8 setup, or what we know about it from all the leaked renders and videos, so it would be pretty exciting to learn in what chassis size has Samsung might have managed to shoehorn the eventual 6.4" 4K Infinity Display of the Note 8.

Don't, however, ask us what all those perforations are at the lower bezel, at the top and on the bottom. These could all be speakers, for all we now, for some funky surround sound setup resulting from Samsung's purchase of Harman-Kardon, and partnership with AKG for audio. Do you like what you see and hear about Samsung's eventual high-end phablet, if this rumor holds water in the end?

source: CNbeta (translated) via /Leaks



1. juandante

Posts: 679; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

Its an alarm for when its going to explode.

5. aman5mathur

Posts: 242; Member since: Mar 28, 2014

I pity your humor.

10. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

People are still joking about Apple and #antennagate, you are holding it wrong. I think its fine.

16. Nopers unregistered

The man speaks the truth. The explosions were more recent than bend gate, touch disease and antenna gate yet when you bring that up apparently it's amazing comedy and everyone laughs.

27. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Maybe 'cause of the outright silly and arrogant way they were all handled; blaming the user for the issues in the flawed design, and fanatic users till today still go on yapping about "unmatched" build quantity...just maybe.

45. bobby84

Posts: 595; Member since: May 13, 2016

I don't, but I am aware the Apple does have more issues with their phones than anyone else. Issues with there screens and displays, batteries etc. Lets not forget they've been having fire issues since before the iPhone 5. But that's not the problem I have with Apple. My problem is why to they have so many problems when they make one to two models and recycle the same old tech? This is the third year they used the same phone. Then they release a SE a design that came out 5 years ago and they never use the latest tech but quality is worst than companies that make many phones for many carriers?

56. kerginaldo17 unregistered

Explosions of iPhones killed 5 people around the world.Note 7 none

2. Clars123

Posts: 1079; Member since: Mar 16, 2015

Holy crap....I just imagined how that would look..that's Awesome!! If the specs are great and depending on how the S8 turns out and performs I'll definitely get the Note 8 as my phone for the next couple of years.

3. NoAllegiance unregistered

As time goes by, big phones are going to make tablets relevant again... mainly because we are bordering 7.0" display.

22. Amir123a

Posts: 126; Member since: Aug 27, 2016

Not at all. Nobody is going to buy tablets. Note 8 has about the same size as s7 edge and 8+ is about the same size of note 7. Even if they make a bigger flag device and note 8 is a bit bigger tablets won't be relevant or popular anyway because they lack the performance and flexibility and of a laptop and lack the compactness even of the largest phablet flag and lack a phone size usability.

4. aman5mathur

Posts: 242; Member since: Mar 28, 2014

Whaat! Note 8 already? Btw the design language looks promising. But we really need something a lot more tempting than a larger 4K screen and an spen over S8 You've set the expectation bar high sammy.

12. androiduser

Posts: 514; Member since: Jun 18, 2014

What do you want more? 6gb of ram better processor (the leaked exynos hopefully) and is that a front facing speaker I'm seeing on the bottom? It will probably have the same camera as the s8 but dual. But if you look at the note 5 and note 7 they weren't that much better than the galaxy s6 and s7. Note 8 will be a beast

36. SupermanayrB

Posts: 1188; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

The Note model is always better than the S model. That never changes.

57. Neil2me

Posts: 2; Member since: Apr 01, 2015

That's is completely wrong because the s7 edge and note 7 we're the same exact phone, only difference was the note 7 spen and Iris scanner.. Spec wise the same exact phone.... But your statement was right up to those two phones.. Hopefully Samsung will beef up the specs on the note 8 compared to the s8+!!! And they need to do more than just adding 2 more gigabit of ram to the Note series if they want it to be their king flagship like it once was..

53. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

They do need special/better. A higher resolution and small clock speed increase isn't enough of a differentiator. They need an Exynos 8900.

54. mrmessma

Posts: 271; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

What is this Exynos 8900 I can't find a single spec online for it, so I find it hard to believe this is what would make it worth upgrading to. Also, as far as USM goes, they typically don't have the proper LTE bands to make them competitive.

6. UnlimitedSkye03

Posts: 300; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

Oh god this is something that I gotta see, I might get one. o,o If it's near S8 design I'm really considering it more than the S8.

7. haruken

Posts: 308; Member since: Nov 06, 2013

I love the more Square design of the Note line and S6+

8. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

holy sh!t.. front facing stereo speaker in that tiny bezels? plus another speaker in top and bottom? add FPscanner in that screen and no design could be better than that... (hope that design is real) guess I'll pick smaller S8 for now, and use it as secondary phone once note8 released.. (can't wait for it, lol...) (and LG V30 could be amazing too.. since LG V usually focuses on camera and audio quality)

9. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1849; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

Damnit... Gotta go and change my shorts... This is a beast... I like the fact that Sammy didn't rush and put 6gb of ram in all their flagships at once... Test it in a few markets and optimize it until its ready for the masses... Very smart move... My account is ready!

11. youssef44

Posts: 547; Member since: Apr 29, 2014

wow !! fanatic!! I hope the battery will be big and safe

26. Tabby_Tiger

Posts: 305; Member since: Jan 23, 2017

It will be because failure is not an option for Samsung!

13. athos07m

Posts: 137; Member since: Apr 22, 2012

All bezels and sides are used for buttons, slots and grilles, there's virtually no unused space around the phone. There's the maximum screen possible with all these cameras and speakers, and there may even be a camera shutter button - all this with the extreme thinness tells me that this is not real (noone wants to cram the battery in a smaller than needed space, right?). If this will be on the shelves by September, it would be revolution. Even compared to the S8 and 'iPhone x'. Also, the resolution should be 4,440x2160.

14. hansip87

Posts: 229; Member since: Nov 10, 2015

Great.. everybody will draw like they're on a waitress notes now, instead of a wide canvas.. /s

15. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Finally! Starting to miss the Note 7 slightly less now, eagerly waiting for something like this to materialize. Looks like it adds quad stereo speakers and the IR blaster is back, hopefully...

50. youssef44

Posts: 547; Member since: Apr 29, 2014

lets hope

17. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Repeating the same mistake. A new recall will insue. Just wait for it.

18. jasrockett

Posts: 127; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Fuk yer

19. blake8

Posts: 25; Member since: Jul 18, 2014

The Grand daddy of all the smartphones. Can't wait for it to come out

20. Chuck007

Posts: 1415; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

Looks to be a brilliant design a say it's weird how they intentional don't show the back?

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