Galaxy Note 8 possibly leaked by Samsung, shipping date projected in September

With a little over a month to go until the expected official announcement of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 on August 23rd, the possibility exists that Samsung’s own Exynos processor division may have leaked out an image of the upcoming device. Meanwhile, sources in Korea are projecting the new device will start shipping during September.

The image that was posted by the Samsung Exynos Twitter account was meant to promote the Exynos 8895 processor, marketed as the Exynos9 chip, Samsung’s newest 10nm chip. The Exynos 8895 is used in some versions of the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ along with the Snapdragon 835. Many think Samsung will expand usage of their Exynos chip in the Galaxy Note 8. The Exynos9 chip in the image is shown laying on top of a smartphone – a device that people are guessing is supposed to represent the Galaxy Note 8.

The device shown could be a rendering of the Galaxy Note 8 as it possesses Samsung’s Infinity Display with round edges. It differs from the existing Galaxy S8 devices thanks to the presence of what appears to be some additional camera lenses, sensors, or flashes in the small top bezel area. Others have also noted that no buttons are present on the edge of the device. That could have been an oversight on the part of the person who put the render together or Samsung may have moved it, though the latter seems unlikely.

On the same day the image was released by the Samsung Exynos unit, DigiTimes is reporting that “upstream component makers” are pointing to September 2017 as the earliest launch window for the new Galaxy Note 8 device. In that same article, sources indicate the recent launch of the Galaxy Note FE, refurbished Galaxy Note 7 devices, is really a big market test to gauge interest  in the Note line of devices. In the past Samsung has sold 10 to 15 million Note devices annually, but they have not had to deal with fallout from an incident like last year’s Note 7 release and subsequent recall.

Sources: Samsung Exynos (Twitter), DigiTimes


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Raised in North Carolina, Jeff Causey is a licensed CPA in North Carolina. Jeff's past Android devices include an HTC EVO, a Samsung Note II, and an LG G3, and a Motorola Moto X Pure Edition along with a Samsung Galaxy Tablet 10.1. He currently uses a Samsung Galaxy S8 and (very rarely) a Nexus 7 (2013). He is also using a Verizon-branded Motorola Moto Z Play Droid supplied by his job. Jeff used to have a pair of Google Glass and a Moto 360 Sport in his stable of gadgets. Unfortunately, his wife and kids have all drunk the Apple Kool-Aid and have i-devices. Life at home often includes demonstrations of the superiority of his Android based devices. In his free time, Jeff is active in his church, a local MINI Cooper car club, and his daughter's soccer club. Jeff is married, has three kids, and a golden retriever.