Samsung Galaxy Note 8 launch event reportedly scheduled for August

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is going to be a big phone with a big comeback story, and we now have a better idea of when it'll arrive.

The much hyped Note 8 launch event is scheduled for the second half of August in New York City, according to a new report from Reuters.

This isn't completely unexpected. The Galaxy Note 7 launched on August 19 of last year, but was recalled after just two months due to battery explosions.

Samsung's Galaxy Note 8 launch will therefore put emphasis on battery safety, though the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus have successfully launched without incident.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 specs

The Galaxy Note 8 will be the Samsung's first flagship phone with an S Pen (and with a full lifecycle) since the Galaxy Note 5 in the US in 2015.

Even more shocking, it'll be Samsung's first stylus-equipped smartphone to hit the UK and elsewhere since the Note 4 launched in 2014. It's been a while.

Big (S8), bigger (S8 Plus) and biggest to come (Note 8)

Big (S8), bigger (S8 Plus) and biggest to come (Note 8)

But good things come to those who wait. The report suggests the Note 8 has an oversized curved screen that's slightly bigger than the 6.2-inch Galaxy S8 Plus.

Today's report also indicates that the Note 8 includes a dual-rear camera setup, a first for a Samsung flagship smartphone.

We're also hoping for a 4K resolution screen (strictly) for Samsung Gear VR, a fingerprint sensor on the front underneath the glass, and reasonable Note 8 price, but none of that information was corroborated today.

Matt Swider