What We Know So Far about New iPhone, Galaxy and Pixel Phones

With the dog days of summer now past, the season bringing a new generation of flagship smartphones is rapidly approaching. And the coming season promises to be a big one, with the arrival of Apple's 10th anniversary iPhone, Google's new Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, and the just-unveiled Samsung Galaxy Note 8.

While new iPhones are typically launched in September, design and supply issues are expected to delay the next star in Apple's lineup until later this year. However, a French technology site reported yesterday that the next iPhone, likely to be named the iPhone Edition rather than the iPhone 8, could debut on Sept. 12, with the device hitting the market on Sept. 22.

Meanwhile, Google appears set to unveil its second-generation Pixel smartphones on Oct. 5, according to a leak revealed on Twitter yesterday by mobile tech writer Evan Blass. The new handsets will be powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 836 systems-on-chip, according to Blass.

New Multi-Window Mode on Galaxy Note 8

For now, one smartphone launch is more certain than the rest: the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 (pictured above). Officially revealed yesterday at Samsung's Unpacked event in New York City, the Galaxy Note 8 is available for pre-ordering today.

Set to hit stores on Sept. 15, Samsung's latest smartphone will feature a large, 6.3-inch Super AMOLED "Infinity Display" with curved edges and minimal bezels at the top and bottom. The large display makes the Galaxy Note 8 "the ultimate multitasking smartphone," Samsung said.

A new "App Pair" feature will enable users to launch two apps at once, making it possible to, for example, watch a video on one half of the screen while texting a friend on the other half.

The Galaxy Note 8, which can be used with an improved S pen for writing and drawing, will...

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