Samsung Galaxy Note 8 release date, specs: Upcoming phone's model number leaked, device to be released in August 2017?


The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 pictured in close up in a retail store in Seoul, South Korea.

Samsung is rising up after the Galaxy Note 7 disaster, and reports claim that the company is hard at work on its upcoming 2017 flagship devices. Though many have no doubts that the South Korean company will release the next Galaxy S phone next year, there have been rumors that Samsung might be doing away with its Galaxy Note line and won’t be releasing the next-generation device.

However, internet tipster Evan Blass, known as @evleaks on Twitter, recently gave an update on Samsung’s movements and said on a Nov. 9 tweet that the Galaxy S8, S8 Edge, and Galaxy Note 8 are all in the works.

“Samsung Galaxy S8 models are indeed skipping SM-G94* model numbers, will ship as SM-G950 and SM-G955,” Blass wrote. “Know what else is in the works? SM-N950.”

BGR reports that the number 4 is believed to be bad luck in Korea, that’s why Samsung is skipping it in its product lines’ number schemes. The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Edge model numbers are said to be SM-G950 and SM-G955, respectively, up from the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge’s model numbers SM-6930 and SM-6935. Meanwhile, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is believed to have the model number SM-N950, which is up from the Note 7’s SM-N930.

The tech company has previously mentioned all three smartphones in a recent press release, wherein the Galaxy S8, S8 Edge, and Note 8 will be part of Samsung’s Galaxy Upgrade Program. After the worldwide recall of the Note 7, Samsung announced that as a reward to customers for their loyalty, those who will trade in their Note 7 for a Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge will receive an S8 or Note 8 next year. However, the upgrade won’t be free as customers will have to pay half the price of the S7 or S7 Edge in exchange for any of Samsung’s 2017 flagships included in the program.

Little is known about the Samsung Galaxy Note 8’s specs, but it is expected to have a different battery than its predecessor which will protect it from overheating. The Galaxy Note 8 is expected to be released in August 2017.