Rumour: Australia will be one of the first countries to get the Galaxy Note 8

While it'd been previously reported (opens in new tab) that Samsung's next flagship phablet, the Galaxy Note 8, could be announced as early as August 23, 2017 at its upcoming Galaxy Unpacked event in New York, we now have word that Australia is expected to be amongst the first territories in the world to get their mitts on the anticipated device. 

According to Ausdroid, which claims to have seen an early PDF outlining Samsung's local Galaxy Note 8 screen replacement program, it's been suggested that Australian pre-orders of the Note 8 could open in less than a month, putting it right in line with its US release. 

Dubbed ‘Screen Assure’, the replacement program would see Samsung Australia offer to repair or replace one Galaxy Note 8 LCD display free of charge within the first 12 months of purchase, but only if acquired through a registered stockist. 

The document states that the program will kick off at 12:01am (AEST) on August 25, 2017, with the promotion running until the end of October 2018.

Take Note

It's believed that the date listed above refers to when pre-orders of the device will open and not the actual release date, given that it's highly unlikely for the device to be released only a day after being officially announced. 

Based on Samsung's previous release practices, we can expect the Galaxy Note 8 to arrive around a fortnight after its official announcement. 

Admittedly, it's a little strange that a screen replacement program would kick off from the pre-order date rather than the release date, but that could just be a placeholder until the real release date is confirmed. We'll know more in the next few weeks. 

Stephen Lambrechts
Senior Journalist, Phones and Entertainment

Stephen primarily covers phones and entertainment for TechRadar's Australian team, and has written professionally across the categories of tech, film, television and gaming in both print and online for over a decade. He's obsessed with smartphones, televisions, consoles and gaming PCs, and has a deep-seated desire to consume all forms of media at the highest quality possible. 

He's also likely to talk a person’s ear off at the mere mention of Android, cats, retro sneaker releases, travelling and physical media, such as vinyl and boutique Blu-ray releases. Right now, he's most excited about QD-OLED technology, The Batman and Hellblade 2: Senua's Saga.