Samsung Galaxy Note 8 specs, rumors: Release date of device still unconfirmed; specs still need to be finalized

(Samsung)Official product render for Samsung Galaxy Note 7

Users of the Samsung Galaxy Note who were filled with disappointment over the "phablet's" seventh edition will have to wait a little longer for the latest model, as the release date for the Note 8 is still undetermined.

In an earlier report by Business Korea, Samsung Electronics is likely to release the Galaxy Note 8 in the second half of 2017 despite the backlash the Korean tech company received from the disastrous Note 7. The report said that an official from the company confirmed that they will push through with the Note series, as the phablet market, which the company has helped develop, continues to experience growth.

Just like the Samsung Galaxy 8, which will debut in April, the Galaxy Note 8 will also feature the "Bixby" artificial intelligence that is projected to outperform its contemporaries in the market. Moreover, the upcoming version of the Galaxy Note will also showcase a much-improved stylus feature and ultra-definition virtual reality (VR) functions, which will likely allow connection to the new Gear VR, the report added.

Meanwhile, a report from GSM Arena also speculated that it will have additional key features, like the iris and fingerprint scanning capabilities, and other useful tools, like the accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, heart rate, and SpO2.

With the stigma created by the Galaxy Note 7 and its reported cases of unexpected explosions, Samsung's mobile head, D.J. Koh, vowed to deliver a superior Note 8. "I will bring back a better, safer and very innovative Note 8," said Koh during an interview with CNET last January. "We found through the investigative process, we knew there are lots and lots of loyal Note customers," he added.

The Korean tech giant recently released the result of their investigation regarding the Note 7 fires and pointed to defective batteries as the culprit.

Phablet owners who frequently use their gadget's camera will likely enjoy a 12-megapixel rear camera and an 8-megapixel front snapper. However, there are also rumors swirling that the rear camera may go up to as much as 30-megapixels.

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