Galaxy Note8 Set for August Launch

Galaxy Note8 Set for August Launch
Samsung is planning to launch its flagship Galaxy Note8 smartphone in August 2017, according to a Reuters report.

(CCM) — Samsung's Galaxy Note8 smartphone will hit the shelves in the second half of August, just ten months after the company scrapped the ill-fated Galaxy Note7 handset, according to a Reuters report. Reuters' source said that the Galaxy Note8 will come with a curved screen which is marginally larger than the 6.2-inch screen on Samsung's Galaxy S8+ handset, but did not comment on the likely price.

Abandoning the Note7, after a number of the devices burst into flames, cost Samsung over $5 billion, according to Reuters. However, strong demand for the Galaxy S8 since its launch in April 2017 suggests that the company has recovered quickly from the fiasco. The company has already regained the top spot in the global smartphone sales rankings after dropping to number two (beneath Apple) in the first quarter of the year, according to Counterpoint Research.

Apple is expected to unveil its tenth anniversary iPhone 8 in October 2017, so the Galaxy S8, Note8, and iPhone 8 will go head to head in the run up to the holiday period. The iPhone 8 is widely expected to cost as much as $1,000, making it more expensive than the Galaxy S8 and the most expensive iPhone ever.

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