[THE INVESTOR] Samsung Electronics plans to debut the Galaxy Note 8 on Aug. 23, The Bell reported on July 12.
A Samsung executive also told The Investor that the bigger-screen phone will be unveiled later next month in New York but declined to confirm the Aug. 23 date.
According to sources, Samsung recently decided to advance the Note launch to start the phone sales from September globally. The earlier launch comes amid growing speculations that Apple’s iPhone 8 release could be delayed due to supply constraints of some parts such as chips and displays.
While launching its flagship S phone early in the year, Samsung has unveiled a Note phone in September usually at the IFA trade show in Berlin in response to a new iPhone that comes out in the latter half of the year.
The new Note phablet, the successor of the ill-fated Note 7 last year, is expected to come with the English version of Samsung’s artificial intelligence assistant Bixby and an upgraded stylus S-Pen that supports translation functions.
The phone is likely to have a 6.3-inch display screen that compares with the 6.2-inch screen of the S8 Plus.
By Lee Ji-yoon ([email protected])
Samsung has a history of unveiling its new Galaxy Note flagship at the IFA convention in Berlin every year. It has been reported multiple times over the past few months that this year’s Galaxy Note flagship may not be unveiled at IFA 2017.
Rumor has it that Samsung is going to conduct a separate event for the Galaxy Note 8 in New York City this August. The company hasn’t confirmed that at this point in time but the rumor mill appears to be convinced that this is going to be the case.
South Korean news outlet The Bell reports today that Samsung has selected August 23 as the Galaxy Note 8 launch date. Another Korean English-language daily hears from an unnamed Samsung executive that the Galaxy Note 8 will be unveiled in New York next month. The executive declined to confirm the August 23 date, though.
It merits mentioning here that we see these kinds of rumors and reports every year. It’s always the same prediction about an early launch be it a new Galaxy S device or Galaxy Note. Whether or not it’s actually going to happen this year remains to be seen.
Samsung is likely going to confirm the details about the Galaxy Note 8 launch date towards the end of next month.