The Galaxy Note 8 will be special for one rarely discussed reason

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From introducing a dual rear camera to Samsung’s flagships to proving to consumers that Samsung can still make phones that don’t combust, the Galaxy Note 8 has a lot riding on it. The Note 8 will be the most feature-packed smartphone on the market when it goes on sale, and if the Galaxy S8 is any indication, Samsung’s upcoming phablet will be a looker while adding all the productivity features the Note lineup is known for.

But there’s one aspect of the Note 8 that I feel isn’t discussed enough, an aspect that’s going to make it extra special: It’s going to be the first Galaxy Note flagship to hit Europe in three years.

The Galaxy Note 5 never made it to Europe because Samsung didn’t think European consumers were productive enough to need a Note device. That changed with the Galaxy Note 7, of course, but as we all know, the Note 7 met an early demise and had Samsung writing off a few billion dollars as it rushed to tackle the process of recalling every Note 7 unit. 2016 became yet another year that consumers in Europe couldn’t get their hands on a modern Galaxy Note flagship, and it no doubt angered a lot of fans of Samsung’s industry-defining phablet lineup.

The Galaxy Note 8 will be special for one rarely discussed reason

It’s all about to change this year, although as we have seen here at SamMobile, not everyone is a fan of the direction Samsung has taken for its Galaxy Note smartphones. Once a device that power users gobbled up, it has now been reduced to being a Galaxy S with an S Pen. There is no removable battery on offer, and the battery itself has gone down in size, with the Note 8 to have a 3,300 mAh battery in all likelihood. That’s smaller than the S8+’ battery, and we all know the S8+ isn’t exactly a battery life champion, even if it does manage to get to the end of the day.

But the S Pen and the productivity that accompanies it are still a big draw for many, and despite the worryingly small battery, the Galaxy Note 8 is no doubt highly anticipated by many in Europe. Samsung’s decision to keep the Note 5 away might have seemed sensible at the time, but the Galaxy Note 7 fiasco made for another year of excruciating wait for consumers in the region. It will all be set right with the Galaxy Note 8, though, and it’s one of the reasons why the upcoming Note is such an important device and, as a result, quite special.

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GDD296123
3 months 4 days ago
GDD296123
About exhausting the co nunversation about FPR; you see biometrics is a great and practical way to handle security. And I dont just mean unlocking the phone: if you’re a power user, you can do much more. The human hand evolved the way it did over tens of thousands of years (maybe hundreds of thousands considering Neanderthals and even before). Samsung has no blame in this evolution. However, Samsung does have blame in utilizing this tool in an anti-anthromorphical way. You cant get used to something that doesnt fit your hand while its designed to be used with your hand;… Read more »
3 months 6 days ago
David Berry
People need to get out of the past. I’m not a huge fan of the decisions they’ve made but people whine over silly stuff. Most big name brands have cut ir now. If you want it buy a cheap gear2 neo off ebay or pick up a 10.1 2014 in wifi for less than the price of a note 4 & get all that flat screen. I’m not huge on the curved display on my n7 but I think the consumer has spoken there & sales prove that point.Not to mention all other companies going in same direction. At least… Read more »
SAMgalaxyXXX
3 months 5 days ago
SAMgalaxyXXX

“Out of the past”? So Samsung removed IR Blaster and removable batteries because they are things of the past however it keeps producing high end clamshell phones that honestly I don’t know who’s buying them.

martindale
3 months 5 days ago
martindale

David, “the past” is still very much present – IR controlled devices remain all around us, they were not replaced to suit the upgrade cycle of mobile phones. So the rationale for an IR blaster remains as strong as it ever was for those people who use it on their current and previous Notes. For you to denigrate such people as silly whiners reflects only on your own lack of comprehension.

dcarmi
3 months 6 days ago
dcarmi
I think Samsung do not really understand the Note market. They seem to be treating the Note as a Galaxy S+0.5 device. i.e. something akin to the S version of iPhones. They up the specs a bit and add a bit more bling and stick an S Pen inside. They should be treating it as their professional class device. In old words, target the road warriors. That means power and productivity and above all flexibility. This was the original selling point of the first few Notes. In fairness I am still getting monthly security updates for my Note 4, which… Read more »
martindale
3 months 6 days ago
martindale
Another one in agreement. Note users are a different market to S users. That is the whole point, it gives Samsung a different market segment. So just sticking a stylus up an S8 means nothing. I hate everything the S stands for; bling, form over function, conspicuous design, etc. I want a tool, not a jewel. They lost me completely when they suggested writing and reading off a curved surface was an improvement over a flat surface, that having nowhere to grip the device was an advantage, that making the back just as fragile as the front was desirable, robbing… Read more »
SenorSjon
3 months 6 days ago
SenorSjon

I totally agree. It is cheaper to get a Tab S3 (with stylus) for your scribbling needs and any other phone. You still have money to spare when you do that. The Note 8 is just too expensive for a minor hardware upgrade. Notes used to be better than the S-series in the same year. Now it is mostly the same.

GDD296123
3 months 6 days ago
GDD296123
No IR Blaster, no expansion, no removal (and small) battery, no flat screen, inferior camera in comparison to apple, still lagging around 4GB ram, insensible fingerprint sensor location. The only pro left is the s-pen. Samsung’s way is turning similar to what Nokia did; we all know what happened there. I really admired the Note 3 (didn’t have a chance to use Note 4). I agree with the author, the Note series was the monster in the market. Now its just a fancy looking large phone with a pen. If any brand in the market could use this opportunity, I… Read more »
o0MHJ0o
3 months 6 days ago
o0MHJ0o

No one uses the IR Blaster anymore! everything is connected via Wi-Fi now. Expansion? ok. Battery is a bit small but my S8+ gets 5.5hrs screen on time while being constantly connected to my Gear S3 with GPS on. Fast wired and wireless charging to boot too! Yeah, the Note8 should have 6GB and is said to have 6GB RAM. and we’ve exhausted the conversation about the FPS!! you get used to it, simple as. You really need to get your head out the past.

preime101
3 months 5 days ago
preime101

no one uses the IR Blaster anymore?!? Last time I checked virtually every single TV, Receiver/Homedcinema, Bluray/DVD etc on the market still uses IR controllers, no to mention the myriad of older devices.

martindale
3 months 5 days ago
martindale

Hah! You think that IR controlled devices were all thrown away and replaced because you got your phone upgrade? You really need to get your head out of your (p)ass(ed).

SteveTud
3 months 6 days ago
SteveTud

This note is v disapointment , with little battery, no IR blaster and no flat screen and too tall and only 2x zoom and not enough ramdom memerys chips. I dont like them curve screen either

preime101
3 months 5 days ago
preime101

“only 2x zoom” is still 2x better than any other major phone on the market.

3 months 6 days ago
adypetrescu

Oh shut up, Note 5 was released on european soil, at least in my country you can buy it from any store. It was delayed and it was released in small quantity, but i wouldn’t buy it over Note 4. No SD card support was definitely a no deal for me.

SAMgalaxyXXX
3 months 6 days ago
SAMgalaxyXXX

Note 5 was never officially released in Europe even though you can find it here in some storrs.

o0MHJ0o
3 months 7 days ago
o0MHJ0o

Been saying this since the Note8 rumours began. Most of European customers are going from 4 to 8! I really hope they make it something special.

Spo0of
3 months 7 days ago
Spo0of

Yes, and this is why Samsung fail in every possible way in terms of customer support – they dropped the support from Note 4 as if there was a successor … I just hope that Samsung will drown in their own arrogance one day …

o0MHJ0o
3 months 6 days ago
o0MHJ0o

Unfortunately for Samsung they still release 100s of new devices yearly. they cannot continue to support them all. Its not arrogance, on the contrary they’re trying too hard, and in the end. no one is winning.
hope they realise this sooner rather than later and just release a few devices a year instead.

SenorSjon
3 months 6 days ago
SenorSjon

Well, Note and S phones are flagships. Up until now, the Note 4 was the last Note available in Europe.

RoadRunner99
3 months 7 days ago
RoadRunner99

Customers need to let manufacturers know they care about software support by voting with their wallet. Otherwise it will never change.

3 months 6 days ago
James Wii U 3DS

Tell me. Except from Apple, whicj OEM gives major upgrades for more than the “contract” time? (That’s 2 years and since all phone contracts last 2 years…) None. Not even Google. Then how can I vote with my money if everyone’s offering me the same? At least with Samsung we get features long before an official Android release, like PiP and Multi-Window.

martindale
3 months 6 days ago
martindale

But which OEM leaves the latest model in a category unsupported? The Note 4 is still Samsung’s latest model in Europe in the Note lineup. Not our fault they left it so long.
That said, it is still receiving timely security updates every month, and they fixed my eMMC failure for free (new motherboard) despite being out of warranty, so it is not all bad news.

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