Industry sources have suggested that the Galaxy Note 8 will not be released until September. According to credentialed individuals working with component suppliers in Taiwan, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 release date could be pushed back due to market expectations.
Testing the water
The sources suggest that the recent release of the Galaxy Note FE from Samsung was intended to test the water regarding the next generation Galaxy Note release. This seems an entirely natural process considering the fiasco that the Korean corporation suffered with the Galaxy Note 7. The last thing that Samsung wants with the Note 8 is to see it exploding, as this would be disastrous for the reputation of the company, and would almost certainly signal the death of the Galaxy Note brand.
But with the release of this device having been successful, with all 400,000 units made available in Korea being sold out within days, it seems that the future of the Galaxy Note brand is secure for a while. This was certainly a good result for Samsung considering the device was up against the new OnePlus 5. This means that the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 release date has now been seemingly set in stone, even if the developer isn’t ready to make it public as of yet.
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The commercial value of the Galaxy Note branding seems to have been retained, despite the disastrous exploding Galaxy Note 7. And this can be partly attributed to the strength of the Samsung name in East Asia in particular, and also the fact that previous Galaxy Note releases have been rather impressive. Indeed, the Galaxy Note 7 itself was well received until the overheating problems emerged.
Previous reports of Samsung Galaxy Note 8 release date
Aside from the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 release date, the information provided by the same source is somewhat consistent with previous reports that the device could be unveiled on August 23. This would then tessellate neatly with a September release. However, other reports on the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 release date have suggested that the phablet will become available on August 21.
Certainly there is some disagreement on this date at present, and it is perhaps a little surprising that September is being listed as a possible release date. After all, it is it usual for the iPhone range to appear during this month, and it would be natural for Samsung to put a little space between the release of its premium phablet and the iconic Apple flagship.
However, there have also been suggestions that the OLED version of the iPhone 8 could be delayed until later in the year, despite being unveiled alongside two other iPhone units. It is believed that Apple is experiencing difficulty in sourcing a satisfactory number of OLED screens, and that this could push the release date of the device backwards. Indeed, with the general belief being that Apple will source this component from Samsung itself, it could be that the Korean company actually has inside information on the subject.
When the Galaxy Note 8 emerges, it is expected to be packed with a raft of new features. Central to these will be a new dual-lens camera, which legendary analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has already suggested will be an absolutely key feature. Kuo indicated that the snapper to be included in the Galaxy Note 8 will be superior to the unit that featured in the iPhone 7 Plus last year. The “Note 8’s dual-camera will be much better than that of iPhone 7 Plus, and likely match that of OLED iPhone,” the analyst wrote.
Reports have also emerged recently which suggests that the Galaxy Note 8 will include a 4K resolution display for the first time. This screen technology has been linked with Samsung products for some time, and there has been some debate over whether it would finally emerge with the Galaxy Note 8 generation.
But it is now being suggested that the Galaxy Note 8 will feature a 6.3-inch Super AMOLED curved Infinity Display, capable of displaying 3,840 x 2,160 pixels. This would be a real feather in the cap of the Samsung device, as it is highly unlikely that the iPhone OLED device will embrace 4K technology.
An interesting aspect of the Galaxy Note 8 could be the S Pen stylus that has become a notable feature of the series. Some particularly interesting functionality has been linked with this peripheral, with reports surfacing about a unique vibration function that could be embedded within this unit, and also the suggestion of an extremely innovative speaker system being included as well.
In order to accommodate the large display linked with this device, it is expected that Samsung will embed the fingerprint scanner from previous devices within the display of the smartphone. This is a feature that has also been strongly linked with the forthcoming iPhone 8, and one can rest assured that the two companies will have been monitoring each other’s activity very closely in this area.
Other specs linked with the phablet are equally impressive. A Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chip and 6GB of RAM memory are anticipated, while USB-C connectivity will also be included. It is interesting that Samsung is expected to retain the 3.5mm headphone jack, despite the fact that this has been eliminated from the Apple iPhone range. This could be a reflection of the fact that many Apple consumers were disappointed by this decision.
The Galaxy Note 8 will also run Android 7.0 Nougat, and is expected to have have IP68 certification, delivering excellent dustproof and waterproof functionality. While there will be a small improvement in the battery size included in the Note 8, it is natural that Samsung is placing the emphasis on durability in this department. It was the failing battery of the Galaxy Note 7 that caused it to explode alarmingly, and certainly Samsung will want no repeat of this incident with the Note 8. So the company has been keen to emphasize its new eight-step safety procedure, which should ensure the sturdiness of the next gen phablet.
It seems that the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 release date may be approaching, and the Korean corporation is ready to release a truly next-generation device.