S. Korean mobile carriers get ready for release of Galaxy Note 8

SEOUL-- South Korean mobile carriers said Wednesday they will kickoff marketing programs this week for Samsung Electronics Co.'s newest phablet that will soon be showcased, with preorders expected to begin early next month.

The country's three mobile carriers -- SK Telecom Co., KT Corp. and LG Uplus Corp. -- plan to display Samsung's presumed Galaxy Note 8 smartphone at retail outlets throughout the country starting Thursday.

Industry sources said the number of locations where users can test the new phablet ahead of the official release will be higher than the Galaxy S8 series launched earlier this year, when SK Telecom, KT and LG Uplus had the phones on display at 1,200, 680 and 500 shops, respectively.

Samsung and mobile carriers are anticipated to focus on promoting the new phablet's top-notch display and the first dual-lens camera by the tech giant, industry watchers said.

Preorders are set to start Sept. 7 for South Korean consumers, with the first production devices to reach the market around Sept. 15.

Samsung will unveil its latest flagship device in New York on Wednesday (U.S. time).

Source: Yonhap News Agency

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