The global recall of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 has cost billions of dollars to the company. However, Samsung is determined to launch the Galaxy Note 8 with a bang in 2017.
Galaxy Note 7 customers have been disappointed with the entire battery explosion fiasco with the phablet. A previous Tech Times report noted that Samsung has announced an upgrade program (only in South Korea) that allows Galaxy Note 7 owners to exchange their potentially faulty handset for a Galaxy S7 phone at a 50 percent discount.
Customers who enroll for the upgrade program will also have the option to exchange their Galaxy S7 device for a Galaxy S8 or a Galaxy Note 8 when they are made available.
Galaxy Note 8 Release Date Rumors
Samsung normally launches a new device in the Galaxy S series in February or March and a phone in the Galaxy Note series in August every year. It is likely that Samsung will follow the same launch pattern of Galaxy Note 8 and announce the successor of Galaxy Note 7 in August 2017.
However, the failure of Galaxy Note 7 could be a factor for Samsung to launch the Galaxy Note 8 earlier, probably as early as February 2017.
According to a PC Advisor report, Samsung may also change the name of the Galaxy Note 8.
Galaxy Note 8 Specs
Although Samsung has not confirmed any details of the Galaxy Note 8, it is likely that the phablet will have top-end features to attract smartphone enthusiasts and win back the confidence of customers.
The Galaxy Note 8 may feature the same 5.7-inch screen size as its predecessor. Given the increasing popularity of virtual reality, the upcoming Galaxy Note 8 may support 4K display.
Many phones launched in 2016 include 6 GB of RAM. The Galaxy Note 8 will not only include high-end features but it is also likely that the device will come with either 6 GB or 8 GB of RAM. A Qualcomm Snapdragon 830 processor may run the phablet.
The Galaxy Note 7 includes a fingerprint scanner and iris scanner for enhanced security. The same features may be found in the Galaxy Note 8 as well.
The maximum storage capacity that the Galaxy Note 7 offered was 128 GB, while its rival iPhone 7 Plus is available in a 256 GB on-board storage model as well. Customers will hope that the Galaxy Note 8 is available with a 256 GB internal storage option as well.
The battery in the Galaxy Note 7 was the cause of its failure. Samsung will put extra focus on the efficiency and safety of the batteries to be included in the Galaxy Note 8.