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Samsung to release Galaxy Note 8 in 150 countries through Oct.

Samsung Electronics Co. said Thursday it plans to release the Galaxy Note 8 in 150 countries through October, with official sales scheduled for 20 more countries later this week.

The South Korean tech giant, which started sales of the new phablet in South Korea on Thursday, said it will launch the device in Australia, India, Russia and Thailand on Friday.

In line with efforts to promote the Galaxy Note 8 overseas, the company said it will open a Galaxy Studio in Melbourne next week where users can test the Galaxy Note 8, along with other Samsung wearable devices.

The Galaxy Note 8 boasts a 6.3-inch display, its signature S Pen stylus and a dual-lens camera setup. With the Infinity Display, the company has almost eliminated side bezels to give the device a simple yet immersive design.

The phablet is also the first Samsung flagship smartphone to boast two optically stabilized 12-megapixel lenses that will allow users to take both wide-angle and telephoto shots. (Yonhap)