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Samsung’s testing a variant of the Galaxy Note 8 running Android 7.1.1

Samsung’s testing a variant of the upcoming Galaxy Note 8 running Android 7.1.1 Nougat, which is presumably the version of the operating system that will ship on board the handset when it hits the shelves, reports Galaxy Club.

Citing its internal sources, the publication also revealed that the Galaxy Note 8 has the same aspect ratio (18.5:9) as the recently-launched Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, suggesting that the handset has an Infinity Display.

Unfortunately, there’s no word on internals. Although, recent rumors point towards the Galaxy Note 8 sporting an Exynos series (8895) processor, 6GB of RAM and a dual camera module similar to the one on board the iPhone 7 Plus.

We already know that Samsung is planning to launch its next flagship smartphone in the second half of 2017, but we don’t have an exact launch date. The fact it’s already entered testing could indicate that it’ll launch at the end of summer.

Samsung’s really going to have to pull out all the stops if it wants to win over the three-to-four million customers that were forced to return their Galaxy Note 7 last year after it was left with no other choice but to issue a global recall.

We’re excited. Are you?

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droidekaa
droidekaa

Lol I think they must deploy 7.1.1 or 7.1.2 on S8 and S7 before testing on Note 8…
Oh god, we are on 2nd June !! 3 months wainting for Note 8 !

zoocas
zoocas

Now I know your taking the xxxxxx .I’ve been waiting since my Note 4 died, almost got the 7 (within 2 weeks Of the recall) now using a Samsung without an S pen and I’m lost. Now if they’d give me one to test. I would happily pay a Grand for the opportunity!

David Gotelli
David Gotelli

Yea jeez. My unlocked s7 got 7.0 lol samsung said they’d help out with updates for the unlocked s8 I hope they help the s7! Your hope the note 8 would have android o but who knows at this point

stondec
stondec

Can’t wait for the Note 8 – I want the IR blaster back and the fingerprint scanner in front underneath the glass and I’m good.

maccyb
maccyb

IR blaster? Lol. Forget it. They won’t put old tech on a new Note.

o0MHJ0o
o0MHJ0o

I don’t get it either. IR blasters are dated tech. Everything smart is connected to WiFi. And everyone I’ve ever asked have no idea what an IR blaster even is!

martindale
martindale

It’s like Dr Who’s sonic screwdriver – sure it’s next century high tech, but its utility often lies in its ability to interact with pre-existing ‘legacy’ stuff all around. Give me my IR!

warlockba
warlockba

Well at the moment, no my TV has no WiFi and for example I would not even want to buy a new TV with WiFi and smart features, as Samsung TVs for example with their smart features behave as good as their phones – never updated, work baddly and laggy etc. I prefer a simple TV with a minimum ammount of smart features (or preferably none at all) to which I can connect a Chromecast, FireTV, Raspberry PI or whatever other smart device I care / need. The price is less than half, and I can “upgrade” the smart device… Read more »

TheTAMAS
TheTAMAS

Latest phone without latest Android 7.1.2

That’s always the story with Samsung..

faridra
faridra

Android O will out when Note 8 releases
But Note 8 will get Android O probably 4-5 months after that in best conditions…
If they can release Note 8 with Android O, then they should upgrade it to Android 10 (after 2 years), but with this they get rid of Android 10 and Note 8 will die for ever after getting the Android 9….
Samsungs update policy….

artocube
artocube

I believe Note8 will be the best Note ever. Samsung has no alternative way to follow: The Note7 fiasko has to be forgotten forever. And it should NOT be another S8 with a pen. It HAS to be better, stronger, more durable, with a better battery life. And I am pretty confident that Samsung is heading that way. I am a faithful Note user (Note, Note II, Note 3, Note 4 Edge) and I believe the Note brand’s reputation is about to get a huge boost with Note8. I am eager to learn more news from it. (Sammy seems to… Read more »

stoertebecker
stoertebecker

I hope it will be like that. Was very sad to give away my Note 7.
If they bring the Fingerscanner under the Display in Front it would be great

warlockba
warlockba

Why? What will be so different? It won’t explode compared to its predecessor? That is an achievement? Except of that, you get a S8+ with a Stylus. It will have less connectivity than any of their previous Notes (Note 5 does not exist for me – Europe, and Note 7 flared like a nova, so let’s not count it, ok?). True the CPU would be a high end CPU of today (that would have had any similar iteration of Note if they would have kept the old concept so no surprise here), it will have glass – less durability for… Read more »

warlockba
warlockba

And to continue that idea – I am sure the vision they are currently pondering on, is some paper thin note, with almost no battery inside, super flexible and wireless charging. I can see even its add “Write on it like on real paper!” What their marketing / designers would however forget is, that to write on a sheet of paper while walking / standing, it would require that that sheet of paper would have to be in a notebook … and they would then release a notebook to hold your sheet-of-paper-Note in … because it will bring added features,… Read more »

cavagsam
cavagsam

This is really only marketing, i had all the phones, note 4 was ok, i wanted the note 5, for me was the best flat note, it was not available in Europe, Then note 7 that beautiful and best phone ever explode, even i don’t like edges, but note 7 had the perfect edges, but now note8, for me is already dead, that crap of 18.5/9 is to forget, Samsung think it’s doing something good but its not. I have s8 but soon note 7its available again, that’s my phone. They have great phones like the leaks of C10 great… Read more »

CarlSimon
CarlSimon

I agree, I would have loved to have the Note7. Such a shame with the battery. I don’t like edge either, but it was alright on the Note7. However, I will never buy a tall 18,5:9 or 18:9-phone like the G6. What are they thinking? Not everyone is using the phone for scrolling thru social media. Will get the Pixel 2 XL if this rumor turns out to be true.

Michael Pitts
Michael Pitts

What if the Pixel 2 comes out with the same aspect ratio?

CarlSimon
CarlSimon

Doubt it but then I will probably still get it’s depending on how the camera is in the Note8. Been wanting to have stock Android for many years but the Nexus line always fall short with the camera. Would also be so nice not having to wait forever for Samsung to release a new Android version. Android O is already in public beta.