Samsung will reportedly be unveiling the Galaxy Note 8 in August this year at an event in New York. After the delayed launch of the Galaxy S8 this year, it was presumed that the Galaxy Note 8’s launch will also be delayed.
However, to better compete with Apple’s iPhone 8 launch in September, Samsung plans on unveiling the Galaxy Note 8 in August. Last year, due to an aggressive release date of the Galaxy Note 7, Samsung ended up shipping the phone with faulty batteries which ultimately ended with the company completely recalling the phone and also incurring losses running into billions of dollars.
As per sources, the unveiling of the handset is currently scheduled for the third or fourth week of August.
Samsung had traditionally introduced new Galaxy Note variants at IFA every year, but it has revised its schedule to ensure the Note 8 is widely available everywhere by the time the iPhone 8 is unveiled by Apple.
The Galaxy Note 8 is expected to come with a 6.3-inch QHD+ Super AMOLED panel, a 3500mAh battery, an Exynos 8895 chipset, and 4/6GB RAM. Samsung was initially planning on using an in-display fingerprint scanner on the handset but has been unable to get the tech to work without running into issues. Due to this, it has decided to fall back on the traditional fingerprint scanner on the handset.
Samsung will also be releasing refurbished models of the Galaxy Note 7 with a smaller 3200mAh battery in selected markets of the world where it will have received the necessary regulatory approvals. Other specs of the handset will remain the same as the original Note 7, with the retail price expected to be around $600.[Via Yonhap]