Just a few weeks from now, the Galaxy Note 8 will go official. According to some of the recent reports, the phone has got its certification from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). While that is major news for the device in question but an even more important aspect of the information is that the FCC filing has revealed a total of four Galaxy Note 8 models.
The FCC listing we’re talking about was first spotted by PhoneScoop, and the report revealed a few more details about the phone as well. The first thing that the FCC filing reveals is the model number of the phone which is SM-N950. The same model number had surfaced in some of the leaks earlier, and they have turned out to be true. The model number follows the same lineage as its predecessors, like SM-N930 for the Note 7, 920 for the Note 5, and so on.
Interestingly, the report also mentions about an LTE band that the new Note phone will support. The Galaxy Note 8 will support LTE band 66, which is a fairly new and uncongested band, at least for now, and the first phone to support the band was the LG V20. In the US, T-Mobile is gearing up to launch its services on 600 MHz band 71 from this August, but the Galaxy Note 7 doesn’t seem to support it yet.
The bands are US-specific, and they have nothing to do with the Indian bands. The Galaxy Note 8 will be launched with a different model in India that will support the local LTE bands and will most probably come with an Exynos chipset. These country-specific models could be one of those leaked in the FCC listing.
According to an image posted on Slashleaks, the Note 8 will have multiple variants that will carry these model number: SM-N950U, SM-N950U1, SM-N950W, and SM-N950XU. You can see in the image that one of these models will be assembled in Korea, while the rest of the three models carry Vietnam as their country of origin.
These models could just be a few of the many model numbers that the company will announce depending on the carrier or the country. Each of the four model numbers could indicate the major carriers in the US that the phone will arrive on, or they may represent the country where they will be finally retailing; we don’t apparently know yet. The launch is planned for August 23rd, and we might have to wait until then to get such details.
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