Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is getting a 256GB storage variant, but you might never get to see it

In the build-up to the launch of the new Samsung Galaxy Note 8, there were rumors that the tech giant has plans to unveil the phone in several storage options.

When the company confirmed the phone at a launch event in the U.S., not much was said about the other storage options apart from the base model, which houses a 64GB module. Still, we know that some markets, like the Samsung Galaxy S8+, will be getting a 128GB storage option, but it appears this won’t be the only other variant Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will get.

According to a tipster, Roland Quandt, who also writes for German-based publication Win Future, Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is getting a 256GB storage variant. This is massive from Samsung, but it won’t be the first company to hit such a milestone. Last year’s iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus also have a 256GB storage option, but unlike the Note 8, the Apple phones have no microSD card slot, which is one reason I really like Android.

So far, this 256GB variant of the Galaxy Note 8 is said to be heading to South Korea’s KT carrier. Even though the Note 8 has several color variants, this high-end model will reportedly be limited to two colors – Midnight Black and Deep Sea Blue. Other than the change in storage, the rest of the specs and features remain unchanged.

These include a 6.3-inch curved Super AMOLED display screen with a QHD+ resolution and Gorilla Glass 5 protection on top, an Exynos 8895/Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, 6GB RAM and Android 7.1.1 Nougat out of the box, which is based on the latest Samsung Experience 8.5 skin.

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In terms of photography, this Samsung Galaxy Note 8 variant will still give you a dual-lens 12MP setup with dual OIS, dual-tone LED flash and up to f/1.7 aperture on the main sensor, which is also a wide-angle lens. For selfies, the same 8MP lens with f/1.7 aperture, autofocus and support for 2K video recording keeps its position alongside an iris scanner and facial recognition feature for authentication purposes.

To keep the phone alive is a 3300mAh battery unit that supports both wired and wireless fast charging technology, with the former taking place via the latest USB-C port.

Even though this variant of Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will definitely be way costlier than the 64GB model, there are still no details of the exact price. Similarly, details of the variant’s wider availability are still unknown, but it’s very likely that this model won’t be coming to Kenya.

In fact, there are rumors that Samsung could unveil a slimmed-down version of the Galaxy Note 8 with 4GB RAM, but it’ll keep the rest of the specs intact. If this materializes, it’s possible this model could be targeting developing markets like our own by offering a cheaper route to owning the Note 8. But for now, this is just a rumor, so take it with a grain of salt.

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