Android 8.0 Oreo Build Leaked For Snapdragon-Powered US Unlocked Galaxy Note 8
Looks like that while Samsung is busy executing Android 8.0 Oreo beta programs for the Galaxy S8, it is also testing Oreo builds for the Galaxy Note 8. The company seems to be testing Android 8.0 on unlocked Snapdragon-powered Galaxy Note 8 units in the US. While the company is at it, someone has got hands-on the Android 8.0 OTA on the Note 8 and has also posted links to it on Reddit for all users to try.
And as is the case with the leaked builds, this one is also not a stable build but good enough for a trial firmware as pointed by SamMobile. The leaked Android 8.0 OTA for the Note 8 requires the device to be running firmware version N950USQS2BQK2, which is the latest build and limited to unlocked Galaxy Note 8 units on Verizon. But, any unlocked Note 8 user can work it around and get the N950USQS2BQK2 firmware on their device by following the upgrade procedure suggested on this Reddit post. Besides, this OTA is limited to Snapdragon-powered Galaxy Note 8 in the US.
Check out guides before installation
Of course, flashing unofficial builds is not what we suggest, but if you don't want to wait for the official build and are known to the flashing procedure both via phone and PC, then you can try this one out. Also, it is advisable to check out some step-by-step guides that are available online for installing the leaked Oreo build on the device.
Just like we suggest for installing an update, the right way to initiate the process is to take the backup of your files first. In this case, you can make the backup of your Note 8 via Samsung Smart Switch or maybe any other app that you have been using for taking backups. For testing the leaked firmware on your device, you may need to clear all your phone's data that also includes images or other files saved in the internal storage.
If you install the leaked build on your Note 8, then do not forget to share your feedback with us in the comment section below.