Samsung Galaxy Note 8 too expensive? Samsung might have something for budget shoppers

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 made the headlines with its top-of-the-line specifications and features. But the handset doesn’t come cheap, making it unaffordable to many budget-conscious buyers out there. What if there was an alternative?

Samsung is not going to leave all of its budget shoppers out in the cold. Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8 is indeed the company’s first smartphone with dual camera lenses, but it won’t be the last. Just days after the big launch of the Galaxy Note 8, the South Korean tech giant is considering another launch and this time focusing on the affordable price point.

Samsung Galaxy J7+ has been making the rounds of the internet for a while, but this is the first time the handset’s official render was leaked. Successor to the popular Galaxy J7, the Galaxy J7+ will be the second smartphone in the company’s portfolio to sport dual cameras.

Thailand-based ThaiMobileCenter leaked an official-looking render of the Galaxy J7+, and it shows a dual camera setup at the back and a full metal body. The handset is also expected to come with “Live Focus” portrait mode, which will work identical to the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.

If it is any consolation, the Galaxy J7+ will feature ISOCELL sensors for better imaging, the report added. But there is mystery around essential features of the camera such as Optical Image Stabilisation and Laser Autofocus.

Samsung Galaxy J7+’s dual camera will be made of one 13 megapixel sensor with f/1.7 aperture and a 5 megapixel secondary sensor with f/1.9 aperture. On the front, the handset is expected to pack a 16MP camera for selfies.

The complete specifications of the Galaxy J7+ have been leaked to give a closer look at the device. It looks like the Galaxy J7+ will sport a 5.5-inch Full HD display. It is going to be powered by an octa-core 2.4GHz processor, which will be paired with 4GB RAM and 32GB internal storage with microSD card support. This configuration is pretty standard in mid-range smartphones priced around Rs. 20,000 – Rs. 25,000.

Samsung Galaxy J7+ is also expected to come with its own Bixby smart assistant, which adds a premium touch to the phone. But the company is expected to bring its AI to all smartphones eventually. Under the hood, the phone will ship with 3,000mAh battery and run Android 7.1.1 Nougat OS out of the box.

Even with such detailed leak, the exact pricing and release date of the phone remains unknown. But the company is expected to reveal more details sooner than later. Stay tuned.

Huawei Mate 10 with dual cameras takes on Samsung Galaxy Note 8: What we know so far

Samsung launched its Galaxy Note 8 and grabbed worldwide attention. But rival companies are not going to let the South Korean’s flagship stay under spotlight for long. Apple, for instance, will replace Galaxy Note 8 from the dais with its own iPhone 8 next month and Google will also make its move in October by launching the Pixel 2 series.

But these aren’t the only two companies that have potentially great smartphones in the offing. Huawei just teased the first look of its next flagship and confirmed the launch of the same. Huawei Mate 10 will be unveiled at an event on October 16.

If that seems like a long wait, Huawei is building the anticipation already. The teaser image shared by the company shows the upcoming phone’s rear design, featuring a dual camera setup. While dual cameras are pretty common for high-end phones these days, Huawei wants to set its Mate 10 apart by showing off Leica-branded lenses.

By the looks of the teaser, the dual cameras will be placed vertically at the top center of the Mate 10’s back panel. The rest of the features remain mysterious in the image, but Huawei hasn’t stopped itself from taking a dig at Samsung by using a tagline #beyondthegalaxy.

But this is not the first time Huawei has teased its upcoming Mate 10. Earlier this week, the company had released a video teaser showing photos captured using the Mate 10, highlighting Bokeh effects, colour contrasts and other features.

Huawei’s dig at Samsung would be justified with the bezel-less display that the Mate 10 is widely expected to come with. While Samsung has termed its bezel-less display as Infinite Display, Huawei is going with EntireView display, which also has 18:9 aspect ratio.

But these features are only the tip of an iceberg. Huawei Mate 10 is coming with advanced features such as facial recognition, augmented reality and 3D sensing capabilities. Even though the company’ CEO was first to confirm the arrival of these features in the Mate 10, Apple will be the first to demonstrate them in the upcoming tenth anniversary edition iPhone.

Several reports have pointed towards other specifications of the Mate 10, which suggest a 6-inch display with 1080×2160 pixel resolution screen, 10nm-based HiSilicon Kirin 970 SoC and iris scanner for authentication.

Even with these advanced features, Huawei is aiming to keep the device affordable compared to Samsung and Apple. Although nothing is confirmed as of now, the Mate 10 will be priced around CNY 4,000, which roughly translates to Rs. 38,500.

The comparatively low pricing and top-of-the-line features will make Mate 10 hard to resist. Huawei’s flagship smartphones have received praise in the past and there is little doubt the Mate 10 will disrupt the tradition.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8: Key features and price

Samsung launched its Galaxy Note 8 in New York on Wednesday, its new large-screen flagship smartphone, that could compete with the likes of iPhone 8 and new Google Pixel phones.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will be available for pre-orders in select markets starting Thursday is priced between $930 (roughly Rs. 59,500) on AT&T and $960 on (roughly Rs. 61,500) on Verizon. The phone come in Midnight Black, Maple Gold, Orchid Grey, and Deep Sea Blue colours. Launch dates for India are yet to be revealed.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 sports a 6.3-inch QuadHD+ AMOLED Infinity Display of resolution 1440×2960. It is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC, packs 64GB of internal storage, 6GB of RAM. The Galaxy Note also offers Bluetooth 5.0 and LTE Cat 16 connectivity features.

In the optics, the Galaxy Note 8 has dual 12-megapixel rear cameras with optical image stabilisation (OIS) on both the f/1.7 wide-angle lens and the f/2.4 telephoto lenses with 2x optical zoom. There’s an f/1.7 8-megapixel camera on the front. The phone also sports a 3300mAh battery and it runs Android 7.1.1 Nougat. The device offers IP68 water and dust resistances, along with wireless charging, similar to what could be coming with the new iPhone. The Galaxy Note 8 also supports NFC and MST for Samsung Pay and features a USB Type-C port.

“The dual-camera setup in the Note 8 is clearly intended to compete with Portrait Mode on the iPhone 7 Plus, but Apple is likely to move that feature forward this year too, which may leave the Note 8’s feature behind the higher-end iPhone especially,” Jan Dawson, analyst at Jackdaw Research said.

The phone’s body is carved out of glass — Corning’s Gorilla Glass 5 — and metal. The Galaxy Note 8 is not as curvaceous as the Galaxy S8/Galaxy S8+.

The fingerprint scanner lies on the rear adjacent to the camera module. It sits directly next to the LED flash.

Samsung built its own virtual assistant called Bixby that responds to both touch and voice and has the ability to translate as many as 52 languages. Bixby voice is still not available in India.

“At launch, Bixby’s Voice function will integrate with several Samsung native apps and features including Camera, Contacts, Gallery, Messages and Settings, with the plan to expand its capabilities to include more Samsung and third-party apps in the near future,” Samsung had said while announcing Bixby earlier in the year.

“Bixby’s voice capabilities have expanded to more than 200 countries and territories worldwide, allowing millions of consumers to experience a smarter way to interact with their phones,” Samsung said on Wednesday while announcing the Galaxy Note 8.