Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Now Rumored For Mid-September Launch With $900 Price Tag

Never mark you calendars in Sharpie. Plans have a way of changing and if you use a permanent marker to highlight special occasions, you will inevitably end up scribbling over certain entries. One of those is the release date for Samsung's forthcoming Galaxy Note 8 phablet. It was previously rumored for an August 26th unveil, but now it is looking like Samsung will wait until mid-September to launch the Galaxy Note 8.

That is according to VentureBeat and the information it obtained from someone who has supposedly been briefed on Samsung's launch plans. The same source also indicated that the Galaxy Note 8 will be Samsung's expensive smartphone to date—it will retail for €999. That is equivalent to around $1,120 in U.S. currency, though it will more likely translate to $900, considering that the Samsung's €799 Galaxy S8 and €899 Galaxy S8+ initially sold unlocked for $725 and $825, respectively.

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Samsung would be taking a gamble if it ultimately chooses to price the Galaxy Note 8 higher than any previous Galaxy handset. At the same time, we might be witnessing a trend in the making. At least one analyst went on record last month predicting that Apple's iPhone 8 could start at a wallet-busting $999 with 128GB of onboard storage. From there, the price would only climb higher.

As for the Galaxy Note 8, it will feature a 6.3-inch edge-to-edge AMOLED display with an 18.5:9 aspect ratio. The international version will be powered by an Samsung's own Exynos 8895 processor, while models shipping in the U.S. will wield Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 SoC.

Both variants will sport a heaping 6GB of RAM, making the Galaxy Note 8 only the second handset in Samsung's history to have more than 4GB of RAM (the Galaxy C9 Pro is the other). It will also be the first to have dual cameras on the backside, both equipped with 12-megapixel sensors.

Interestingly, it appears as though Samsung has still not been able to get a fingerprint sensor integrated into the display to work consistently. With that being the case, it will again appear on the back next to the camera sensors.

The big question is, will consumers embrace the Galaxy Note 8 after what happened with the Galaxy Note 7? Given the success that Samsung is having with its Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ devices, both of which debuted after the Galaxy Note 7 fiasco, it would seem that customers have not lost faith in Samsung. That could also be another reason for the price hike—attaching a higher price to the Galaxy Note 8 would denote a premium product.