Samsung officially announces Unpacked event for August 23rd; Galaxy Note 8 anybody?


This afternoon, Samsung sent us an invitation to its next Unpacked event. This will be held on August 23rd in New York City. If you're thinking that this date sounds familiar, that is because last week we told you that reports out of Korea called for an August 23rd unveiling of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8. Now we should make one thing clear about the invite we received today. The words Samsung Galaxy Note 8 aren't written anywhere on it. But a blue silhouette in the shape of the Samsung S Pen is included, and that pretty much takes the mystery away.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is expected to feature a 6.3-inch Super AMOLED display with the same 18.5:9 aspect ratio found on the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Samsung Galaxy S8+. Depending on where you plan on buying the phablet, you can expect a Snapdragon 835 chipset or a Exynos 8895 SoC to be under the hood, with 6GB of RAM inside. A dual camera setup adorns the back of the device, which will feature an updated S Pen and a 3300mAh battery.

It looks as though the fingerprint scanner will be on the back, similar to its positioning on the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. But there is one major difference expected. On the two already released flagship models, the fingerprint reader is right next to the rear camera lens. That means that users blindly groping for the scanner with their finger are apt to put some industrial strength smudges on the lens. If recently leaked renders of the Galaxy Note 8 are correct, the LED flash unit is placed in between the biometric reader and the camera lenses to prevent this from occurring on the phablet.

We still have more than a month until the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 sees the light of day, which means that we have plenty of time for more leaks and rumors to come our way before the truth is finally outed. Feel free to check in often to see what is new with one of the most highly anticipated handsets expected to be unveiled before the end of the year.

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