Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is one of the most anticipated smartphones of 2017. According to CNET, the device will launch on August 23. The phone will go head-to-head with the iPhone 8 Plus. The company will try to recover from the last year's Note 7 fiasco.

Design of the smartphones

The upcoming smartphone has already made several appearances online, revealing its design in full glory. The alleged design indicates that the smartphone borrows highly from the Galaxy S8, with minor changes such as the S-Pen and a dual camera setup on the rear panel.

Specifications, features and other details

The Galaxy Note 8 has been tipped to sport a 6.3-inch Super AMOLED display with 2690 x 1440 pixel resolution and will ship with a Snapdragon 835 SoC for the US market and the company's own Exynoss 8895 processor for other markets.

The device will be backed by 6GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage and will support memory expansion via microSD card.

According to well-known tipster Evan Blass, the phablet will come equipped with a dual camera setup consisting of two 12MP sensors with one featuring a f/1.7 aperture and dual-pixel autofocus, while the second being a telephoto lens with f/2.4 aperture enabling 2x optical zoom. For selfies, the smartphone will boast an 8MP front-facing shooter. The flagship is said to draw power from a 3300mAh battery and will support wireless charging.

The device will have some noteworthy features like the IP68 certified dust and water resistance. It will feature an iris sensor for added security alongside the virtual voice assistant Bixby, a feature first seen on the flagship Galaxy S8.

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Samsung seems to have dropped the idea of locating the fingerprint sensor underneath the display due to technical limitations of the technology.

Pricing of the flagship

The Galaxy Note series has always seen itself in the league of expensive smartphones, and that's unlikely to change with the Note 8. However, there are chances that the device will be costlier than its predecessor.

The Galaxy Note 8 will reportedly ship in four color options – Midnight Black, Maple Gold, Orchid Grey and Deep Sea Blue at a price of nearly $1,000, making it the company's most expensive smartphone ever. With the Galaxy Note 8, Samsung wants users to forget the Note 7 and deliver an advanced and safer mobile experience to its consumers. Stay tuned for more news, rumors and updates on technology.