People are eager to learn more about the launch of Samsung’s upcoming phablet, the Galaxy Note 8. There have been numerous rumors regarding the handset and the features that it is likely to boast. However, nothing has been officially confirmed as of yet. People are left wondering when the South Korean company would unveil the successor to the Galaxy Note 7.

Possible launch date

Earlier, it was rumored that Samsung would reveal the Galaxy Note 8 at the IFA event scheduled to be held in Berlin, Germany. However, new reports suggest a different venue for the launch of the new phablet from the company.

South Korean publication Naver reported that the company would not reveal the upcoming device at Germany’s event but will instead do so in an event held in New York City on August 26.

If this is true, then Samsung may be launching the phablet with a delay of almost a month. Last year, Galaxy Note 7 was launched on August 2, 2016. The publication also mentions that this change in venue from IFA to New York in August was due to estimated launch of handset's from Samsung’s arch rival Apple. It is believed that the Cupertino-based company will launch three mobile phones: iPhone 7s, iPhone 7s Plus, and the iPhone 8 at its September event.

This may be why, Samsung has decided to launch its device almost a month before Apple’s.

This tactic would ensure that the phablet's sales are not severely hampered by the new iPhone’s launch and subsequent release. Apple's bigger iPhone 7s is expected to give stiff rivalry to the next-gen Samsung phone.

Expected specs of the Samsung smartphone

According to the Naver report, the upcoming phone will feature a 6.3-inch Infinity Display, which would be slightly bigger than the Galaxy S8+ handset.

It will likely boast the same screen resolution and aspect ratio as the Galaxy S8+. It will also come with a slightly improved S Pen stylus along with dual cameras and fingerprint scanner. The Bixby Assistant will also be available in the phablet. Naver also claims that the fingerprint scanner’s position would be moved toward the center of the device after Galaxy S8+ and Galaxy S8 users complained about its positioning.

It remains to be seen if the recent report turns out to be true and if Samsung indeed launches the Galaxy Note 8 on August 26. However, the main goal for Samsung would be to redeem the Note series, whose reputation was badly hampered due to the Galaxy Note 7 debacle last year. The company also hopes that there will not be an issues with year’s launch and release.