Samsung to Unveil Galaxy Note 8 in U.S. in August

  • By Shin Dong-heun

    June 21, 2017 12:26

    Samsung plans to unveil its new Galaxy Note 8 in New York in late August to steal a march on Apple's next iPhone, which will probably be launched in September.

    Samsung originally intended to unveil the Note 8 at the IFA electronics trade show in Berlin in September. But an industry insider said, "Samsung is trying to gain a lead by unveiling its product ahead of the iPhone, as it did last year with the Galaxy Note 7."

    The Note 7 was an expensive debacle as the phone proved combustible and Samsung had to recall the entire stock and stop production.

    The electronics giant hopes to improve on that fatal flaw but stick to the curved-edge screen achieved by getting rid of the home button usually located below the display.

    The Note 8's screen is expected to measure 6.3 inches, putting it halfway between a phone and a tablet like its predecessors, and feature fingerprint, iris and facial-recognition functions of the Galaxy S8. It will also include a stylus that distinguishes the phone from other "phablets."

    First featured in the Note 7, the stylus is expected to improve video-editing and activation functions. A Samsung staffer said, "The main strength of the Note series is the capability available through the stylus. We expect huge demand for it."

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