Samsung Galaxy Note 8 to launch on August 26 in New York: Report

By Karthekayan Iyer | Published on 20 Jun 2017
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 to launch on August 26 in New York: Report
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Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is rumoured to feature a larger 6.3-inch Infinity Display and an updated version of the Snapdragon 835 called the Snapdragon 836

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Samsung is rumoured to announce the Galaxy Note 8 sometime around mid-August, and now a new report from Korea pegs the date to be August 26. Earlier rumours had suggested that Samsung might push the launch of the Galaxy Note 8 due to the delayed launch of the Galaxy S8 series. Korean media outlets, The Korea Herald and Naver are now reporting that Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will be showcased at an event in New York in August. According to The Korea Herald, the Note 8 will be in the third or fourth week of August, while Naver cites unnamed officials claiming that the date is set for August 26. This could be true considering that the Galaxy Note 7 was launched in August last year and IFA 2017 is scheduled to take place just a week later. The Korea Herald notes that Samsung was reportedly planning to launch the Galaxy Note 8 at IFA in the first week of September. But the early launch of LG's V30 has forced the company to prepone the launch by a week.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8, like its Galaxy S counterpart, is said to sport dual-curved edge Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 2960 x 1440 pixels and an aspect ratio of 18.5:9. Rumours suggest that it will a bit larger than Galaxy S8+, with a 6.3 or 6.4-inch display. The smartphone will either be powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 platform or an updated version called the Snapdragon 836 chipset. There will most likely be an Exynos 8895 variants for Asian and European markets. The Galaxy Note 8 is tipped to sport a dual-rear camera setup with one 12MP wide-angle lens and another 13MP telephoto lens with support for 3x optical zoom. Samsung is said to be testing under display fingerprint sensor for Note 8, but there is no clarity whether it will make it to the final product.

Last year, Samsung pushed the launch of the Galaxy Note 7 in order to get a lead over the Apple iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. However, the company was forced to recall the smartphone after a series of incidents in which the device caught fire. Eventually, Samsung cancelled the product altogether. With Galaxy Note 8, the company will be hoping not to repeat that mistake and at the same outshine Apple's next-generation iPhones.

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