Samsung is under a lot of pressure this year to get the launch of the Galaxy Note 8 exactly right. The Galaxy S8 is a good start on a new trend with the infinity displays, but if a recent rumor is to be believed, Samsung is coming out of the gate charging. The rumor suggests that the Galaxy Note 8 will be the first smartphone powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 836 processor.
This wouldn’t be too much of a surprise, since last year we saw several phones arrive with the Snapdragon 820 chipset at the beginning of the year, only to see phones produced in the later half arrive with the lightly upgraded Snapdragon 821. Rumors say that Qualcomm’s latest features a 2.5GHz octa-core processor with a GPU clocked at 740MHz.
The Galaxy Note 8 is rumored to be first among devices with this new processor, likely followed by the LG V30 and the sequel to Google’s Pixel phones. We know that Qualcomm is also working on a Snapdragon 845 chipset that will likely feature in 2018’s flagship handsets, the LG G7 and the Samsung Galaxy S9.
Aside from that, a few other interesting rumors about the Galaxy Note 8 have been slowly trickling in as we edge closer to August when it’s expected Samsung will announce and unveil the device. Yesterday reports suggested that Samsung didn’t have enough time to get the on-screen fingerprint sensor that was supposed to be included in the Galaxy S8 working on the Galaxy Note 8. We also know the device is expected to feature a 6.3″ behemoth of a screen.