The Samsung Galaxy Note series of devices has been one of the most popular and successful lineup of devices for the South Korean manufacturer since its first entry in 2011. However, last year, the Galaxy Note’s latest entry, the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, turned out to be quite the explosive entry. After being lauded and praised for its superior build quality, design and performance, reports began spilling in of the Galaxy Note 7 catching fire. The device was recalled and cancelled shortly after.
That said, after the recall and cancellation of the otherwise successful device, rumours began to surface of Samsung looking to avoid stigma by retiring the Note moniker altogether. In spite of the rumours, it looks like the Samsung Galaxy Note series is here to stay.
In a statement to Business Korea, an official from the South Korean electronics sector commented:
“The Galaxy Note 7 was very popular before user reports began circulating about devices that exploded or caught on fire while charging. As the phablet market, which was developed by Samsung Electronics, has been growing, the company will release the Note series this year again.”
While the release of a brand new entry into the Galaxy Note lineup is welcomed news. The South Korean company has yet to disclosed its findings in its investigation of the Galaxy Note 7 incidents. In fact, it was only recently, in late December 2016, that they announced that they had concluded their investigation and have handed over their findings to a third party for verification. In that announcement, the company promised to release its findings in mid-January 2017 to the public.
Be that as it may, it looks like development for the next entry into the Galaxy Note lineup is well under way. A manufacturing partner of Samsung has issued a statement seemingly confirming that the Note8 is a sure thing and will focus on bringing a better Virtual Reality experience to the consumer.
“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.”
With the Galaxy S8’s launch in April, many are expecting Samsung to launch the new Note device sometime in the second half of the year. Albeit, the company may be under some pressure from analysts to release the next iteration of the Note series earlier. However, it seems certain that no release date will be set until after the announcement of their inquiry of their explosive success, the Note7.