Samsung won't let the recall of the Galaxy Note 7 kill off its Galaxy Note phablet series. The company will reportedly release the Galaxy Note 8 in the second half of 2017, and it will feature a 4K display, Bixby personal assistant, and more.
Samsung has built up a loyal fan base for its S Pen-packing Galaxy Note smartphones and, even though it officially recalled the Galaxy Note 7 because of reports of the device catching fire, some owners just weren't willing to part with the phablet. We saw this first hand in the comments section of an article we published in October about claims that the company was considering offering Note 7 customers' discounts on the upcoming Galaxy S8, S8 Edge/Plus, and Note 8.
Samsung Tries To Get Note 7 Owners To Part With Defective Device
Since it was believed at the time that the Note 7's battery was the main culprit, Samsung decided to release a software update for the smartphone that would limit its ability to charge more than 60 percent but its main goal was to force owners who were still refusing to exchange the defective device to do so.
There have been reports that Samsung may kill off the Galaxy Note completely due to the Note 7 debacle, but if you're one of the many Galaxy Note fans, you'll be happy to know that Samsung will indeed release an updated Galaxy Note 8 in the second half of this year with impressive specs.
Samsung To Keep Galaxy Note Brand And Plans To Release Galaxy Note 8
A report from Business Korea notes that Samsung is planning to release the Galaxy S8 and S8 Edge/Plus in April, which will supposedly feature 2K displays. The publication claims Samsung will use higher resolution UHD (ultra-high definition) 4K Super AMOLED displays for improved VR (virtual reality), which will allow the smartphone to connect to a next-generation Gear VR wearable headset.
"Samsung will introduce 2K resolution displays in the Galaxy S8, but it will use 4K resolution displays in the Galaxy Note 8 to realize improved virtual reality (VR) functions. I heard that it will connect with new Gear VR wearable," the source stated.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will also feature the company's upcoming Bixby personal assistant, thanks to its acquisition of the company Viv Labs, whose owners are credited with creating iOS's favorite assistant Siri. Bixby will make its debut on the Galaxy S8 series and is rumored to be much more advanced than Siri and on par with Android 7.0's Google Assistant. The Note 8 is also expected to gain enhanced S Pen functionality and updated iris scanner, which debuted on the Note 7.
We'll keep you posted on any additional Samsung Galaxy Note 8 details as they become available.