Earlier last month, Samsung confirmed that they will be launching their Galaxy Note 8 phablet on August 23 at their “Unpacked” event. The device is expected to come featuring top-notch specs, a hefty price-tag and also the Bixby digital voice assistant. Samsung debuted its digital voice assistant with the introduction of its S8 series in February this year. Bixby is identical to Apple’s Siri, which allows smartphone users to carry out most of the chores on the device. However, soon after the launch, Bixby started experiencing troubles adapting to languages other than Korean - especially English.

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Samsung was quick to withdraw the functionality of this feature and stated that they will be re-introducing the platform once it has been perfected. It appears now Samsung is finally prepared to launch Bixby.

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As reported by Tech Radar, Samsung has apparently taken to its official Twitter platform to state that the company will be launching its Bixby digital voice assistant August 22, which is a day ahead of the Note 8 launch. The latest feature comes equipped with upgraded functions including Bixby Global Action, Bixby PLM, Bixby Wakeup and Bixby Dictation. However, the update will only be available in limited markets as of now. UK and Australia have been confirmed to be among the top markets that will be receiving the roll-out of the newly-updated Bixby assistance. Before this, Bixby was only available for use in the US and South Korea.

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As far as the Galaxy Note 8 is concerned, the device is expected to share similarities with its siblings, Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus.

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The device will compete with the upcoming Apple iPhone 8 Plus. If rumours are believed to be true, then the smartphone will probably feature a 6-inch full HD Infinity display and will be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 system-on-chip.

The device is expected to come with support for a dual rear camera setup, as well. One of the primary highlights of the smartphone is its digital S stylus pen, which will allow users to write, draw and sketch on the phablet. The company is expected to debut eight new colour variants under its Galaxy Note 8 smartphone, which will roughly be priced at around US$850. The shipping of Galaxy Note 8 is expected to begin in September, right after the launch of Apple iPhone 8 (expected to be priced at US$1,000).