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A Samsung logo and a logo of Apple are seen in this September 23, 2014 illustration photo in Sarajevo. Reuters/Dado Ruvic

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is reportedly launching in August, about a month and a half earlier than Apple’s iPhone 8. The handset is expected to further improve the brand’s reputation following the Note 7 saga. And it’ll certainly benefit from the S8’s success.

It seems that Samsung has distanced itself from last year’s Galaxy Note 7 fiasco. The Korean titan’s latest S series handsets have helped maintain the company’s elite status in the mobile industry despite the backlash. Now it’s up to the exploding smartphone’s successor to solidify and strengthen the brand’s global hold.

According to a new report, Samsung is set to unveil the Galaxy Note 8 around mid-August at a New York event. This is interesting since rival Apple is likely to launch the iPhone 8 in October. Leave it to Samsung to one up the competitor in every possible way.

The upcoming Note series handset is reportedly going to sport a curved display just like its new S series cousins. The Note 8, however, should furnish a larger screen than the S8 Plus. After all, the Note line has always been the bigger kind.

The 5.8-inch Galaxy S8 and the 6.2-inch Galaxy S8 Plus have massive display enhancements compared to the 5.1-inch S7 and the 5.5-inch S7 Edge. This means that the now-defunct Note 7’s 5.7-inch screen is virtually guaranteed to be dwarfed by that of the Note 8. Here’s hoping that it’ll still fit inside regular-sized pockets.

Word has it that the forthcoming Samsung flagship is going to include dual rear cameras, an improvement over its predecessor’s single shooter. Apple’s latest flagship, the iPhone 7 Plus, also has twin cameras. According to Reuters, who first reported about the supposed August launch, its source did not hint on the Note 8’s possible price tag.

Samsung hopes to bounce back from the exploding Note 7 mess with its upcoming handset. Units of the combustible smartphone had to be pulled out from shelves after just a couple of months in the market. The company then discontinued its production entirely.

The whole predicament has cost Samsung approximately US$5.4 billion (AU$7.14 billion). The silver lining for the tech giant, though, is the fact that the current S series line is doing well and hasn’t caused anything close to the debacle that the Galaxy Note 7 triggered. Fans are still into Samsung products, and the Note 8 is certainly going to be well-received at the least.

The iPhone 8, on the other hand, is projected to have an October launch, which is a bit behind schedule. The delay is reportedly caused by the phone’s OLED display and the dilemma of its production. It’ll be interesting to see how the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 impacts the iPhone 8’s burst, which should be feverish.


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