Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Rumored For August 26th ‘Unpacked’ Unveil

With each passing day, the Galaxy Note 7 fiasco that temporarily rocked Samsung's world becomes an increasingly distant memory. However, it will not be until the Galaxy Note 8 comes out that Samsung can truly put that whole situation firmly in its rear view mirror. That will happen soon, or says the Internet. Reportedly, Samsung is planning to hold a press event in New York City on or around August 26, during which time it will unveil its Galaxy Note 8 phablet.

That gives Samsung a little over two months to make sure the Galaxy Note 8 is truly ready for prime time, whereas its predecessor was not. The concerns at this point are minimal—following an investigation, Samsung determined that faulty batteries were to blame for the Galaxy Note 7's propensity to overheat and catch fire. As a result of its findings, Samsung overhauled its certification process for batteries to ensure that something like that never happens again. It seems to be working, the issue did not manifest itself with Samsung's flagship Galaxy S8 and S8+ devices.

Galaxy Note 7
Samsung will soon replace the Galaxy Note 7(above) with its Galaxy Note 8

While its reputation is intact, Samsung needs the Galaxy Note 8 to be a successful product. The whole Galaxy Note 7 situation ended up costing the company around $5.4 billion in operating profit. Samsung was able to weather the financial storm through a combination of an uptick in semiconductor sales and revenue generated from its various other divisions, such as displays. In other words, Samsung does not have all of its eggs placed in a single basket.

The Galaxy Note 8 has seen more leaks than a screen door on a submarine. Assuming that previous leaked information and rumors are true, the Galaxy Note 8 will debut with a 6.3-inch Super AMOLED Infinity Display (18.5:9 aspect ratio) powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 or slightly more powerful Snapdragon 836 processor and 6GB (US version) or 8GB (international model) of RAM.

One of the interesting things to look for is whether or not Samsung was able to embed a fingerprint scanner into the display. There have been rumors suggesting that will be a feature of the Galaxy Note 8, and also rumors saying that Samsung was still having trouble getting it to work consistently and therefore decided to scrap it.

The amount of onboard storage is also something we are eager to find out. It is expected that the Galaxy Note 8 will arrive with 128GB of onboard storage and a microSD card slot for future expansion, though it is also possible that Samsung will tap into its recent 256Gb V-NAND achievement and bump up storage to 256GB.

Finally, rumor has it that the Galaxy Note 8 will be the first smartphone in the world to wield dual rear cameras. Like everything else we have heard about the handset, we will have to wait and see if that is true.