While anticipations for the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 are beginning to gather pace as we near its launch, latest reports suggest that the upcoming addition to the Samsung Galaxy Note series will take place on 23 August, instead of the earlier reported September launch.
Samsung is yet to comment or confirm the date, however, a report by South Korean publication, The Investor confirms the date after speaking to a Samsung executive. The company executive told The Investor that a certain 'bigger-screen phone' will be unveiled later next month in New York, clearly pointing towards the Galaxy Note 8.
Another report by The Bell also suggests that the 23 August launch date could be true, after stating a late-August launch, though an exact date was not cited. Samsung is usually known to launch its Note series of phablets at the IFA Berlin, early September and earlier reports had suggested that Samsung could stick to the trend. The new report, however, suggests that global sales are expected to take off in September with the launch happening earlier.
The Bell also stated in the report that as per claims from their brokerage analysts, Samsung managed to sell just 9.8 million units of its Galaxy S8 in the first two months of the launch, which was close to 20 percent less than the 12 million units of the Samsung Galaxy S7 sold during the same period last year. This slowdown is cited to be one of the reasons for the early launch of the Galaxy Note 8.
The flagship phablet by the South Korean manufacturer has been subjected to several leaks, where some suggests the device may come with an infinity display like the Galaxy S8 and S8+, while others hint at dual cameras at the back, in a bid to compete with arch-rivals Apple, ahead of their launch of the new iPhone series for 2018. The company is eager to change the perception of the Note series in the market after they were forced to discontinue the Galaxy Note 7 owing to battery explosions.
The company is eager to change the perception of the Note series in the market after they were forced to discontinue the Galaxy Note 7 owing to battery explosions. Samsung recently launched the Galaxy Note FE (fan edition) which is essentially a refurbished Note 7 from last year but with a smaller battery and its new Bixby digital Assistant.