Samsung Galaxy Note 8 release date, specs, rumors: Device to be equipped with pressure-sensitive touch display technology?

(Samsung)Official product render for Samsung Galaxy Note 7

With no definite release date, Samsung's upcoming phablet continues to make some noise online, with rumors regarding its specs swirling.

A report from Korea's The Investor said that that the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will feature a pressure-sensitive OLED touch display, according to industry sources who are close to the matter. The "3D Touch," which allows smartphone users to activate different functions depending on the pressure they applied on the screen, will be incorporated and updated to meet the current demands of the public.

The report also noted that Samsung Display, the Korean tech giant's manufacturing arm of the OLED technology and also the sole supplier of the feature in the smartphone and phablet industry, is also working on the upcoming iPhone in equipping the device with the touch sensor on its screen. "The latest technology boasts higher sensitivity and a wider range of pressure-sensing levels compared to the previous one used in Huawei's P9 in 2015," said the insider who wished to remain anonymous.

Earlier this month, SamMobile leaked the codename for the Note 8, which is called "Great," according to reliable sources, ending the earlier speculations that the phablet will be codenamed "Baikal." Furthermore, the report also revealed that the Note 8 will have a model number SM-N950F, and it noted that the last letter will be different, depending on the which market the unit will be distributed in.

General speculations regarding Note 8's suggest that it will be released sometime in August, considering Samsung's history of unveiling some of their flagship products ahead of rival Apple. Some, however, believe that the phablet may come out earlier than expected to make up for the losses the company incurred from its predecessor, the Galaxy Note 7.

It can be recalled that the Note 7 was plagued with complaints from its users who experienced having their devices heat up, or, in some cases, explode while in use. The issue was later on resolved as Samsung conducted an official investigation, which determined that batteries are the main cause of the debacle.