Report: Galaxy Note 8 to launch earlier than expected, slowing S8 sales to blame

The Galaxy S8 duo was a big critical success for Samsung, as the radical visual redesign was met with mostly positive reception from consumers (though some of you will undoubtedly disagree). The problem is, this doesn't seem to have translated to sales that well, according to a recent report straight from Korea. It seems that S8 sales have been slowing down faster than expected in the past month, only reaching 9.8 million units sold, while last year's S7 duo surpassed 12 million in the same time span.

Which is why the company has now apparently revised its release strategy for the upcoming Note 8, which is now set to be revealed in early September. This is in contrast with an earlier report, coming from none other than famed leakster Evan Blass, which claimed the Note 8's release was to come at the end of the month instead.

And the reasons why — besides the slow S8 sales, of course — are pretty obvious. You might recall that September is the month where a little product known as the iPhone gets released, and that this year's device is said to be quite the departure from previous entries in the series. Or in other words, Samsung's bottom line is directly threatened, which is why the company will try and push out its next phablet's release ahead of schedule.

Judging by the recent past, though, this effort could ultimately prove to be futile, though: some of you might remember that this is precisely what LG did with its G6 when faced with its competitor, the Galaxy S8: it released its own phone earlier so as to get all the head start it could. But if we're judging by the drastic discounts we've been seeing recently, the G6 isn't really doing that well.

Still, Samsung might actually pull off this maneuver successfully, if the report's claim of the iPhone 8's global rollout happening all the way in November are actually true: this will give the Korean giant more than two months of being unchallenged (by Apple, at least) outside of the U.S.

Furthermore, the company is also reportedly looking into ways of pushing the release even further back to August, just as previous rumors have suggested. If successful, this would let it show off the new device at this year's IFA, which would give it better exposure to the public — something the device might need, seeing as how similar it's going to be to the existing Galaxy S8+.

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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)



1. haruken

Posts: 308; Member since: Nov 06, 2013

Love me some Samsung but last time they rushed things we know how that ended.

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10. Bankz

Posts: 2550; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Slowing sales for a barely 3 month old gs8. BOGO deal records will be written all over the N8 at this rate. Lmao

17. umaru-chan

Posts: 372; Member since: Apr 27, 2017

The profit of Samsung's mobile division is going down for few years now. Google did the right thing not depending of samsung mobile and start their own hardware division. At this rate galaxy will lose their status as the main iphone challenger.

19. pixel_ftw

Posts: 84; Member since: Jun 19, 2017

Pixel FTW. LOL. Love the pixel phone. I'm hoping this year LG made pixel phone will be legendary.

42. torr310

Posts: 1705; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

I recently bought a HuaiWei Mate 9 and have been so happy using it. Big and Flat screen, big battery, smooth UI.

31. AxelFoley unregistered

Bankz, 5 of the first 20 comments on an article about a rumor from Korea with no named or unnamed sources, no "sources close to Samsung" , no one on the record, no data, no facts. 0 of 50 comments on an article about Apple's deadline for a screen FPS ,with 3 analysts sourced by name with knowledge of the supply chain. 0 comments in spite of the fact that you have at least 13 comments describing the screen FPS as a "lock". I suggest waiting until some actual facts are presented. Maybe, (and call me crazy), we hold judgement until a number is actually presented. Heck, let's get a quote from an "unnamed Samsung official". Look what happened when you went all-in on the screen FPS rumor; at least 13 comments to zero(0).

34. Bankz

Posts: 2550; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Wow, u sure do look out for me bro. Lmao.

45. AxelFoley unregistered

Hold accountable. I guess what I am saying is, back it up or shut up.

51. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Well said +10 PA, fix the upvote button

50. Lumia_Luigi

Posts: 173; Member since: Mar 22, 2017

Most flagships have deals including iPhones. It's more so about carrier v carrier

76. Sora77

Posts: 70; Member since: Mar 31, 2014

BOGO deals are already there. I even got 2 TV in addition to 2 S8. But I returned them all as not easy to unlock.

13. Bankz

Posts: 2550; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Slowing sales for a redesigned barely 3 months old s8? Lmao!! The BOGO deals for the note 8 will be through the roof at this rate.

36. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

You're just as stupid as he is. The Note 7 came out exactly 12 months after the Note 5. He doesn't know what he is talking about, and yourw so dumb you just follow the dummy in his ignorance.

64. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Bankz is trolling hard today LMAO He was missing yesterday in the positive Samsung articles and negative Apple articles yesterday.

38. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Note 5 released August 21st 2015. Note 7 released August 19th 2016. I want either of you to prove wirh links and facta to show confirmation the Note 7 was rushed. So let me asked, was the iPhone 4 poor design because Apple rushed? Was the iPhone 6 rushed? Because that must be the reason why it bent so easily. In fact I am curious as to how many products are defective because they were rushed Since Siri, For fans, Google Assiatant and Bixby 1.0's all work like crap on day one, along with things like Apple Maps and more; must have been because they were rushed. To simply parrot something an idiot said wirh no proof or facts, actually makes you a bigger idiot, than the idiot that said it.

14. peace247 unregistered

This was expected...cos sam fans are not blind like isheeps....they want real upgrade.... Not like isheeps who are upgrading to same phone for 4 years.

18. umaru-chan

Posts: 372; Member since: Apr 27, 2017

LOL, your butthurt level is over 9000. LMAO.

20. Bankz

Posts: 2550; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

No, it only means that people didn't like the gs8 as much as people thought or as much as other years. But whats more shocking is this has happened inspite of all the BOGO deals available in the US. This is a new low for samsung tbh.

28. hazard1

Posts: 239; Member since: Feb 11, 2017

I cannot vote up your comment (I get an error), so I will reply: you're right, the news is surprising with all the BOGO deals. I guess when I think of my buying habits over the years, it shouldn't be a surprise. The competition will only get better.

24. maherk

Posts: 7021; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

The Note 7 was released during the same period the Note 5 was released, it was never rushed. Them wanting to out a large battery in a tight body was the issue, they should've made the phone thicker or the battery smaller from the get go. As far as we know, the Note 7 was hailed as the best smartphone for 2016 before it started catching fire, so it was hardly a rushed device.

26. Bankz

Posts: 2550; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Thats the point exactly; It caught fire, and was recalled twice because they didnt do any research about it before implementing the battery, which makes it a rushed product. So, next time when they want to fit in a bigger battery in their note line, they should spend more time on researching about the effects and implications first.

29. maherk

Posts: 7021; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Again, how is it rushed if it was released in the same period that it's predecessor was released at? It's like saying the iPhone 6 was rushed because of bendgate, or the iPhone 4 was rushed because of the antenna issues, when in fact, they were released during the same period that Apple always release their phones in.

43. Bankz

Posts: 2550; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Apple couldn't be accused of rushing because they would have always outsold every other android oem put together regardless of whether they released the iphone late or not, unlike samsung who we all know traditionally pushes out the note line early, mainly because of the iphone only this time it backfired on them because they failed to see the engineering flaw in their battery implementation, because they 'HAD TO' release the note before the iphone, which is frankly astonising imo. Samsung has no reason bringing out the note that early especially when they were making the leap to a bigger battery. So for them to have released the note within thesame note timeframe even without taking the time to reseach properly, it could be mean that A) samsung rushed the note (to beat the iphone) or B) samsung didn't make enough research (because they wanted to rush the note).

57. maherk

Posts: 7021; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

What a screwed up logic you have. What does sales have to do with all this? Google for the definition of rushing something, because you clearly don't know what it means. When Samsung release the same phone at the same time 1 year later, it means they didn't rush anything. Same with Apple, but I was making a point by mentioning the iPhone 6 and 4, you took the bait and proved my point, and always by deflecting and mentioning sales numbers.

80. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

LOL, just read your conversation with Bankz, all I can say is you're better off talking to a wall, Bankz's logic is below zero.

35. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Oh Really? When was this? Because if you arebtalking about the Note 7, im curious as too proof it was rushed, when it came out exactly 12 no the after the Note 5. Hmmmm! I smell your B.S.

78. M.O.A.B

Posts: 322; Member since: Feb 13, 2015

and this ladies and gentlemens, is the moment where bankz wiped his tears after crying for two days and had the guts to write a comment on PA,,, get lost prick

82. schinnak

Posts: 116; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Its not just coz of iphone. There were good phones from Sony and other Chinese brands to compete with. Also, the new upcoming pixel phone etc. You see - its not just always about Apple!

2. Arthurhkt

Posts: 727; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

Just make sure they properly check there is no manufacturing defects on the Note 8 then should be fine, or else rushing the schedule might cause another blowup on their sales again. (No pun intended)

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