Samsung pretty much confirmed the release of the Note 8 after it announced an upgrade scheme in South Korea following the Note 7 debacle. The scheme allowed anyone who bought a Note 7 to get a Galaxy S7 or S7 edge for half price, after which they would be able to upgrade to the Galaxy S8, now available, or Note 8 when it is released.
The device is apparently codenamed “Great”, or Samsung Gr3at according Evan Blass, and SamMobile has claimed its model number is SM-N950F so that’s worth looking out for in any future leaks.
As to specifically when the Note 8 will be released, Samsung has sent out media save-the-dates on Twitter for an event on 23 August confirming it will “reveal the latest member of the Galaxy family”. The invite also shows a Note-like outline with a stylus and it teases the words “do bigger things”. It also recently released a teaser video that all but confirms the event will be for the Note 8.
In terms of price, VentureBeat has claimed the Note 8 will cost €1000 when it launches, which is around £895, or $900. Ouch. The site also claimed it would launch in late September, which would be around a month after it is announced based on the event date. It is said to be coming in Midnight Black and Maple Gold colours, with Orchid Grey and Deep Sea Blue follow.
A leak on Slashleaks shows off what it claims to be the Galaxy Note 8, featuring a very similar design to the Galaxy S8 and S8+ but with a seemingly wider stance, which would be likely given the S Pen would need to slot in somewhere. The Note 8 is pictured with the S Pen next to it and Bixby on the screen, as well as the same on-screen controls as the recent S8 and S8+ devices, making a good case for its legitimacy. You can never be sure though, so grab that salt just in case.