A few weeks back, a rumor out of China had claimed the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 had been codenamed ‘Baikal’. However, if a new SamMobile report is to be believed, that is not actually the case. The Galaxy Note 7 successor, according to the new SamMobile report, has been codenamed “Great”.
The report also reveals the model number for the international unlocked variant of the Galaxy Note 8. As we’ve seen with the Galaxy S8, Samsung will be skipping the number “4” in the Galaxy Note 8’s case as well. So instead of SM-N940F, the international Galaxy Note 8 will carry the SM-N950F model number.
Confirming a recent report that suggested Samsung plans to sell refurbished Galaxy Note 7 units later this year, the report suggests the refurbished Galaxy Note 7 units could carry the SM-N935 model number (Grace R). However, the report contradicts the details revealed by the previous rumor about refurbished Galaxy Note 7 units. While the Korean report had claimed Samsung will be selling the refurbished Galaxy Note 7 only in emerging markets such as Vietnam and India, the report from SamMobile claims these units will be sold in Samsung’s home market of South Korea. To us, it doesn’t seem very plausible that Samsung would sell refurbished Galaxy Note 7 units in South Korea, as consumers there aren’t too fond of refurbished phones.
There is no info yet regarding the specifications of the phablet, but going by the “Great” codename, we expect the Galaxy Note 8 to be nothing short of “great” in terms of hardware specifications. Early rumors that surfaced online a few weeks back had claimed the Galaxy Note 8 will be Samsung’s first flagship smartphone to feature a 4K resolution display, so that might be a possibility. Regardless of the screen resolution, we expect the Galaxy Note 8 to feature a very high screen-to-body ratio, just like the upcoming Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. Like previous Galaxy Note smartphones, the Galaxy Note 8 might share quite a few other hardware specs with the Galaxy S8 duo. We do however hope that Samsung will equip the Galaxy Note 8 with more RAM as well as a higher capacity battery inside.