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Samsung confirms press event for possible Galaxy Note 8 launch

Samsung has finally confirmed a dedicated press event for what is almost certainly going to be the launch of the Galaxy Note 8.

In a long-awaited announcement, Samsung revealed that it would be hosting a Galaxy Unpacked press conference on August 23 in the USA. The event will take place at Park Avenue Armoury in New York City, with proceedings kicking off at 11am EST (4pm BST). This means Samsung won’t be announcing the next Galaxy Note phone at Berlin’s September IFA 2017 technology tradeshow, as was previously expected.

In an invitation sent to press, Samsung wrote: “On August 23, Samsung Electronics will reveal the latest member of the Galaxy family with the ultimate multitasking device for those who want to do bigger things with their phone.”

It continued: “This highly anticipated addition to the Galaxy roster was specifically designed for people who move through barriers to do more of what matters to them.”

Samsung doesn’t explicitly state that this event will showcase the Galaxy Note 8, but it seems very likely. For a start, Samsung’s late-summer Unpacked events always host a Galaxy Note phone launch. Also, Samsung has described the new handset as “the ultimate multitasking device”, which is how we’d expect to see a new Note phone described.

It’s also worth noting that plenty of rumours and leaks have turned up online in recent weeks, all suggesting that the Galaxy Note 8 would debut in late August – with a supposed retail release coming in September.

It’s believed that Samsung will be fitting the new Note 8 phone with a dual camera module, and either the company’s own Exynos 8895 chip or Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 processor. The handset is also probably going to be marketed heavily from a safety standpoint, given that its predecessor – the Galaxy Note 7 – had to be recalled and eventually killed off last year on account of a serious battery flaw that caused some devices to catch fire.

Unfortunately, we won’t know for certain what Samsung plans to announce in August until an official announcement is made, so take all leaks and rumours with due caution for now.

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