Samsung Galaxy Note 8 release date, specs rumors: Device's codename and model number leaked

(Reuters/Noor Khamis)Samsung is looking to bounce back from the debacle of the Galaxy Note 7 with the upcoming release of the Galaxy Note 8 later this year.

With the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 expected to come out much later than its Samsung flagship smartphone counterparts — the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus — leaks and rumors about the upcoming phablet continue to come out online.

A report from SamMobile leaked the alleged codename for the Note 8. According to some trusted sources, the upcoming device is codenamed "Great." This latest update debunks the earlier rumor that the phablet will be codenamed "Baikal." Moreover, the report also said that the Note 8 will come with the model number SM-N950F, with the last letter expected to change, depending on the market where the units will be distributed.

It can be noticed that the Korean tech giant skipped the number "4," since it is considered unlucky. Additionally, they also noted that Samsung will not be using numerous and varying model codes. This will help in expediting software update releases.

Meanwhile, a report from PC Advisor speculated that the Note 8 will likely be released sometime in August if the trends from the previous years are to be followed by Samsung. Over the last two years, the company has released their Note phablets in early August before the latest iPhone models become available. Previously, however, they have unveiled the Note during the IFA trade show, which normally takes place in September.

On the other hand, there are also rumors that the Note 8 will be launched on a different date. Some observers believe that the phablet will become available at a much earlier month to help the company bounce back and compensate for the losses it incurred from its problematic predecessor, the Galaxy Note 7.

It can be recalled that users from around the world have complained about their Note 7 units overheating, and in some cases, exploding, which led to Samsung recalling the notorious model. The company, in turn, conducted their own investigation and concluded that it was the units' batteries that were causing the problem.