The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 was an absolute disaster. Sure, the phone itself was beautiful, but the device was plagued with exploding battery issues, as well as a pair of rocky recall processes. So, it makes sense that Samsung would want to forget about the Galaxy Note line altogether.
Samsung has now officially confirmed, however, that it won’t get rid of one of its most popular phones that easily. In fact, we could see a Samsung Galaxy Note 8 before the end of 2017. According to the most recent reports from SamMobile, the Galaxy Note 8 is internally code-named “Great, and bears the model number SM-N950F.
But what will the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 bring? Here’s everything we know about the potential device so far.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 confirmed
While it was possible that Samsung was going to end the Note line altogether in favor of something else, we now know that to not be true. In fact, in an interview with CNET, Samsung’s mobile chief D.J. Koh officially confirmed that the Note line would continue with a Samsung Galaxy Note 8.
“I will bring back a better, safer, and very innovative Note 8,” Koh said in the interview.
The move will certainly be risky for Samsung — the company and the Note were tarnished during the Note 7 exploding debacle. However, during the entire process the company found that there were a lot of loyal Note fans, Koh said.
A voice assistant named Bixby
We’ve been hearing rumors about Bixby for quite some time now, and most recently we heard that the new digital assistant would likely be implemented into the Samsung Galaxy S8. Now, it looks like the Note 8 will get the same treatment. Bixby is said to be a male voice assistant, and while we don’t know too much about him just yet, we’ll likely hear more when the Galaxy S8 is launched in the next few months.
The news comes from a report from Business Korea, which highlights that the Galaxy Note 8 is in fact in the works despite the disaster of the Galaxy Note 7.
Not only will Bixby be included with the Galaxy Note 8, but the display could be getting a massive boost. In fact, according to reports, the display will have 4K resolution. Some might see that as overkill, but the point of it isn’t for normal use — it’s for virtual reality, in which the phone is placed right in front of your eyes, making it much easier to see the pixels in the display. Using a 4K display will help make VR much more realistic.
Not much else is known about the Galaxy Note 8 yet, but we will update this post as we find out more.
Updated on 03-06-2017 by Christian de Looper: Added that the Galaxy Note 8 was code-named “Great,” and had model number SM-N950F.