According to a report recently published by Venture Beat, it appears that the world’s biggest seller of smartphone devices is planning to launch its newest phablet offering -- the Galaxy Note 8 -- in September later this year, and with a pricing that breaches the $900 mark. Based on past Galaxy Note releases, the devices under this phablet lineup have always been a bit pricey, at least compared to other Galaxy devices. With a larger display screen and even advanced S Pen styluses, it makes sense for Galaxy Note handsets to be more expensive than the usual fare. But a $900 price would be a new high even for Samsung’s range of big screened devices.
Apart from reporting about the supposed launch date of Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Note 8 device, Venture Beat’s report also took the opportunity to include a few details with regards to the possible specifications of the phablet. The handset is said to be equipped with a commanding 6.3 inch display screen, complemented with a dual camera set up that should please photography enthusiast mobile users, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 and Exynos 8895 chip sets, supported with 6 gigabytes of random access memory (RAM), and a 3,300 mAh battery.
Previous speculation had suggested that the Galaxy Note 8 would be launched on a date earlier than the September time frame reported by Venture Beat. Some may remember that earlier this month, it was reported that Samsung’s newest phablet offering would debut some time in August of this year.
But Venture Beat’s report seems to indicate that the timeline is actually a month later. If the rumors of a September launch are indeed true, then it would mean that Samsung is pretty game with choosing a Galaxy Note 8 release date that is closer to the timing of Apple’s expected unveiling the iPhone 8, a highly awaited flagship smartphone offering in its own right. The past half decade has seen both phone makers go at each other, in terms of trumping the other’s smartphone offering. This year appears to be no different.
On second thought, a September debut might actually be better for the Galaxy Note 8. Remember last year’s Galaxy Note 7 fiasco? Well, it happened because Samsung was a bit too eager to get its phablet out in the market, and on hindsight, it was clear that the device might have needed more time to be tested.
It goes without saying that Samsung would not want another mess in its hands, especially after what it had to go through in the last few months. With a September launch, the South Korean phone maker might just have enough time to make sure the Galaxy Note 8’s battery would not be as incendiary as that of its predecessor.
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