[THE INVESTOR] Samsung Electronics is expected to unveil the Galaxy Note 8, the successor of the ill-fated Note 7, as early as August, The Bell reported on June 13.
The report said Samsung has decided to advance the phone’s launch earlier than usual possibly to secure an upper hand in competition with the upcoming iPhone, tentatively called the iPhone 8, that is widely rumored to come out in September.
Galaxy Note 7
The bigger-screen Note has usually been unveiled at the IFA trade show held in Berlin in September but this year’s launch is likely to be held in New York, the report added.
Industry watchers have predicted the new Note phone’s launch could be delayed as Samsung is putting more resources into quality control following last year’s Note 7 fallout.
The latest Galaxy S8 was launched in March, a month later than usual, due to Samsung’s probe into the fire-prone Note phone and more tightened quality control process.
Sources say the Note 8 is expected to feature Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 836 processor, a dual-lens rear-facing camera, and a 6.3-inch display that compares with the 6.2-inch screen of the S8 Plus.
Like the S8 sibling, the new phone would have a fingerprint scanner on the back of the device as Samsung has failed to adopt on-screen fingerprint scanning for the phone’s larger-than-ever display screen.
“The missing on-screen fingerprint scanning would be a letdown for Galaxy fans this year,” a display expert said on condition of anonymity, citing the iPhone 8’s possible adoption of the advanced scanning technology.
By Kim Young-won (firstname.lastname@example.org)