Samsung Galaxy Note 8 to be first Snapdragon 836-powered smartphone?

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An exchanged Samsung Electronics' Galaxy Note 7 is seen at company's headquarters in Seoul, South Korea. (Reuters/Kim Hong-Ji)

Another rumor involving the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 has surfaced, and this time, it involves the phablet’s chipset.

According to a report from ITHome, Samsung’s upcoming flagship phablet may come powered by the Snapdragon 836. The chipset is an improved version of the Snapdragon 835 SoC currently offered by Qualcomm. However, it is yet to be launched.

The Snapdragon 836 will reportedly feature a 740MHz GPU and a 2.5GHz octa-core processor. Should the rumors be true, the Galaxy Note 8 will be the first smartphone to sport the powerful chipset.

Meanwhile, Playfuldroid reported that flagship smartphones from other manufacturers will follow the Galaxy Note 8’s path. The upcoming LG V30, the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL will reportedly carry the Snapdragon 836. Looking further into the future, there are also speculations that Qualcomm is already working on the successor of the Snapdragon 836. Dubbed the Snapdragon 845, many expect it to power LG G7 and the Samsung Galaxy S9 next year.

Earlier this month, Dutch website Galaxy Club leaked that the Note 8 will feature the Infinity Display. The Galaxy S8 and S8+ already featured the display design. Also, it is likely that the Note 8 will also bid goodbye to a physical Home button.

Another interesting subject is the possible placement of the fingerprint scanner. The Galaxy S8 and S8+ received negative feedback regarding the fingerprint scanner’s location at the back of the device, beside the camera. Some users found it the scanner hard to reach.

Other features expected in the Note 8 are the 18:5:9 aspect ratio and the Android 7.1.1 Nougat OS. Last year, the Galaxy Note 7 affected Samsung in a negative way.

Reports from users started coming in, saying that their devices heated up and in some cases, exploded. In responses, Samsung recalled the units and conducted their investigation and determined that it was the battery that caused the explosions.