With Samsung feeling the heat of its exploding Galaxy Note 7 devices across the world, the leaks of what would be the Galaxy Note 8 have started coming in faster that usual. According to Sammobile, the new versions are internally called Dream and Dream2 with model numbers SM-G950 and SMG955. So there are two models — one with the two curved edges like the Note 7 and another with a regular flat edge. This goes with the format Samsung has had for its flagship S series devices in recent times.
The one big change could be the 3.5mm port which could be dropped in favour of USB Type-C, a trend that has been catching up with the Chinese ODMs recently. While this seems to be a global trend now that Apple has also dropped the 3.5mm jack, there seems to be some resistance to this change from consumers. It also remains to be seen if Samsung bites the bullet and goes completely wireless giving just a Bluetooth option.
Earlier leaks have also pegged the S8 as coming with a Exynos 8895 which might be clocked at 4GHz, while the Snapdragon 830 will be clocked at 3.6 GHz Another leaked report, revealed the Samsung Galaxy S8 has been codenamed ‘Project Dream’, Galaxy S7 was codenamed ‘Project Lucky’.
Also, Ewan Spence of Forbes.com makes a very valid point when it says Samsung will have a tough time preventing more “reputational damage” to the Galaxy brand. Given that Galaxy is not in a good place at the moment with the Note 7 battery fiasco, it won’t be a surprise if Samsung steers clear of the Galaxy branding for the new flagship. Anyway the S series has not reached number 8, and I doubt any marketing team would want to sell something that has numbers like 11 or 13 on it. So a change might well be on the cards.