Last June, famous leakster Evan Blass reported that Samsung plans to release the Galaxy Note 8 on the second week of September. Although Blass did not offer any explanation, it does contradict earlier rumors of a late August release.
On the other hand, a new report claims Samsung has changed its plans once again and has decided to release the new phone a bit earlier. According to Phone Arena, the company is not mulling over a first week of September for the Galaxy Note 8.
The reason for an earlier release is the fact that Samsung smartphone sales has not been good for the past couple of months. According to the latest sales figures, Samsung has only sold around 9.8 million Galaxy S8 and S8+, combined. This is a far cry from the previous year when the company sold 12 million Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge.
This sudden drop in sales is what apparently forced Samsung’s hands to decide on a much earlier release date. To make matters worse, Apple will also be launching the iPhone 8 in September thereby increasing the threat to the company.
It has been known that Samsung and Apple are one of the biggest rivals in the smartphone industry. However, we can also not forget that the former has already made the decision of a rushed product release with devastating results.
The rumors of Samsung ditching the in-display fingerprint sensor on the new phone is also not helping it with all the decision making. Many Android fans have been hoping that this feature will make it to this year’s flagship phone.
On the flip side, Samsung might still turn around and postpone the official Galaxy Note 8 release. That said, this will only happen if Apple pushes the iPhone 8 release to either October of November like what most reports claim. For more updates on the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, be sure to check us out at TheBitbag.