Galaxy Note 8 unveiling set for August 23, new report claims


Following yesterday's report claiming Samsung will be pushing ahead with the Galaxy Note 8's reveal so as to compensate for the Galaxy S8's unexpectedly low sales, Korean-language publication The Bell has now given us a firm time and place for the event, citing unnamed industry sources.

August 23 is now reportedly set to be the date of the Note 8's reveal, which will take place at a Galaxy Unpacked event in New York. And while this news is in stark contrast with previous rumors (including yesterday's news), which claimed that the device will make its debut this September, today's report says that this is simply yet another change of course coming straight from Samsung.

And if we're judging by the substantial amount of (unofficial, mind you) information we've heard so far, it sure looks like even Samsung isn't entirely sure of the Note 8's potential. Its standout feature, the in-screen fingerprint scanner, has been shelved in favor of the heavily disliked rear-facing module found on the S8. Plus, it's not yet clear whether Apple's iPhone 8, which is set to be the device's main competitor on the market, will manage to overcome the same problems that Samsung stumbled with.

And it seems this year the Korean giant is foregoing its tradition of making the Note line the bigger and better brother of the S series — the Note 8 is said to be just barely larger than the S8+, and the only major unique features so far are the S-Pen and the rear-facing dual camera. Couple this with the alleged $900 price tag, and you'll quickly see why Samsung seems to be scrambling to squeeze as much iPhone-less time on the market as possible.

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Galaxy Note 8
  • Display 6.3" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2350 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3300 mAh(22h talk time)

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28 Comments

1. Arthurhkt

Posts: 723; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

It fine they wanted to release it earlier, just make sure there is no any manufacturing defect, or else even it is not explosive/burning, the name of Note series would be gone forever.

4. Bankz

Posts: 2531; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

You will still be eaten alive by apple sammy, why the rush? Even if u shift it by a whole month it wont save yo ass lmao. This has being the trend since the galaxy note 5, rushing to push-out the note line, since they lost confidence when the note became an S with a pen (which happened to be since the note 5). Unlike the note 4 that was a true beast that could launch anytime it liked.

5. BLUEBLASTER

Posts: 926; Member since: Feb 23, 2014

I hate to agree with you but they need to delay it. They always have issues gettin them on launch day.

7. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

"They always have issues gettin them on launch day." Well it might change this year... So let's cut them some slack.

13. SupermanayrB

Posts: 1188; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

"...since they lost confidence when the note became an S with a pen (which happened to be since the note 5)." SMH. That's the only year that it happened. The Note is always better than the S series. Even physically the Note 7 was better than the S7E. I should know this being forced to go from the former to the latter due to the battery issue, which is the ONLY reason why the Note 7 wasn't phone of the year last year.

24. tedkord

Posts: 17303; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Yep. The Note 7 ran better than the S7 Edge. I can't wait to unload this Edge and get the Note 8. It will, as usual, be the best large phone you can get.

2. iushnt

Posts: 3086; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

So excited for this.

3. TerryD

Posts: 544; Member since: May 09, 2017

Problem with moving release dates is that you no longer fit into the 24 month cycle. Note enthusiasts will want the new Note but will be in contract, unable to upgrade until their old contract runs out (in general).

8. cmdacos

Posts: 4099; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Unveiled August 23rd is still later many other note announcements.

10. cmdacos

Posts: 4099; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

PA- Whats the point of an Edit button that doesnt work??

9. cmdacos

Posts: 4099; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Unveiled August 23rd is still later than many other note announcements.

11. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1817; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

Comparing the functionality of the note series to the iPhone is a no brainer, the note will always outperform the iPhone. That's just two different audiences they cater to. The iPhone will always outsell the note just because of the flagship and cycle status it carries with it. There is no need for Samsung to try and compete with it. As long as they keep innovating with the note series they will get the sales numbers they are looking for but to try and compete with the iPhone doesn't make any sense, it's got to much of a cult like following at this point.

12. Bankz

Posts: 2531; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Exactly. Yet, they keep trying to compete with it.

14. SupermanayrB

Posts: 1188; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

They might be trying to compete with sales, but device-wise, there's no competition with the Note. Let's not forget that the Note series is the reason for Apples' Plus variants, which are just iPhones with bigger screens.

15. Bankz

Posts: 2531; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

And lets not forget that the iphone is the reason for the galaxy smartphone in the first place.

19. ShadowSnypa786

Posts: 554; Member since: Jan 06, 2017

If you seriously think smartphones wouldnt be out right now you delusional. Lets not forget motorola atrix is the reason your iphone has FPS, or samsung the reason why Iphone 8 will have AMOLED displays.

21. SupermanayrB

Posts: 1188; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

Actually the OG DROID & HTC Evo are the reason for the Galaxy series because prior to that all Samsung android devices were mediocre compared to Motorola & HTC. Nice try though.

25. tedkord

Posts: 17303; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Well, it might have been the LG Prada.

17. ShadowSnypa786

Posts: 554; Member since: Jan 06, 2017

Weren't iphones small devices with small displays and now they phablets which is coincidentally the name Samsung always used to use?? Im pretty sure that shows even Apple are trying to compete with the Note series, not just the other way round. Maybe you should give Apple a good talking to and tell them not to compete.

20. sissy246

Posts: 7066; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

+10 on both your posts. Bankz is just a stupid troll. Hell ,bet he doesn't even have a iPhone and dreams at night wishing he did only to wake up to his $80 track phone.

27. razmahtaz001

Posts: 501; Member since: May 11, 2013

re: 12. Bankz (Posts: 1890; Member since: 08 Apr 2016) Exactly. Yet, they keep trying to compete with it. ================================== not exactly...only iphonies think every new samsung flagship is competing with apple...when actually samsung is competing mainly against all the other android vendors. android is close to 90% worldwide market share...samsung wants to take up as much as that 90%...the other 10% or so belongs to apple, im sure samsung is not worried about, considering samsung will have additional monies coming in from apple via the upcoming OLED deal ;o)

16. seedorf

Posts: 44; Member since: Feb 16, 2015

are you sure?

18. Lumia_Luigi

Posts: 173; Member since: Mar 22, 2017

The first juggernaut of the fall

22. vgergo

Posts: 2; Member since: Apr 11, 2014

I think they should learn from the S8 debacle and forget the Bixby button this time. That's one of the primary complaint against S8 that I hear.

28. razmahtaz001

Posts: 501; Member since: May 11, 2013

re: 22. vgergo (Posts: 2; Member since: 11 Apr 2014) I think they should learn from the S8 debacle and forget the Bixby button this time. That's one of the primary complaint against S8 that I hear. ====================================== most people i know that have the S8/S8+ did not get the phone for the Bixby feature or care much about it LOL

23. jacky899

Posts: 430; Member since: May 16, 2017

Hopefully they significantly upgrade the image quality of the camera. S8 was no upgrade from the S7 and in some scenes performed worst than the S7. I'm hoping the Note 8 camera will at least match the image quality of the HTC U11 or I'll just go with the Iphone 8.

26. tedkord

Posts: 17303; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Here comes the pain for the trolls. Dehydration from tears is a real danger.

29. Fellwalker

Posts: 535; Member since: Apr 04, 2014

Galaxy S8's unexpectedly low sales, but they still seem to be giving the note 8 a long thin screen.

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