The highly anticipated Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will be announced in New York later this month, but how long after that will it take consumers to get their hands on the South Korean company’s return to the phablet market? A new report backs up the assertion that Samsung will be aggressive with its timings and challenge its biggest competitor.
The dates come from reporting by ETnews and focuses on dates in the home territory of South Korea. Previous details have suggested that South Korean and the United States will be included in the first wave of releases. It is not yet know if other territories will join that first wave and which will follow shortly afterwards.
Naturally the dates start from the launch of the Note 8. This will happen on August 23rd and is one of the few dates we can be sure about – Samsung did send out invitations with a graphic that featured the super-thin bezels and S-Pen, both indicative of South Korean phablet.
Following the launch, various pop-up events and in-store demonstrations of the Note 8 will start on August 25th. The pre-order period for the Note 8 will run from September 1st to September 10th. After that the first Galaxy Note 8 will be activated on each of the three main South Korean mobile networks before the sequential activations of the pre-ordered phablets.
And then September 15th will dawn and the Galaxy Note 8 will be officially released.
Tim Cook and his team are expected to take to the stage in early September (my guess is Monday 11th Tuesday 12th). That means the Note 8 is likely going on sale at the same time as pre-orders for the new iPhones will open. While the dedicated geekerati will be sticking with their own camps, that still leaves a lot of swing smartphone consumers that could be tempted by the Note 8 instead of its biggest rivals.
Samsung is doing everything it needs to do to draw out a direct comparison with Apple’s tenth anniversary handset. It’s going to be a fascinating contest.