Following the "explosive" 2016 brought about by Galaxy Note 7, Samsung is eyeing the release of a much more innovative (and safer) Galaxy Note to get the company back on track this year. The Note 7 was a disaster, but the company is not going to give up on the brand name.
In an article from Business Korea, an unnamed official from the mobile company stated, "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."
According to SamMobile, Note 8 will be packed with 4K (3,840 x 2,160 pixels) AMOLED resolution display. This feature is said to give more enhanced virtual reality experience. Moreover, Bixby (powered by Viv's intelligence) will also be added to rival iPhone's Siri. Initially, this artificial intelligence platform is rumored to be featured in Galaxy S8.
Aside from the aforementioned two main features, three more are expected to be added. These include an increased random access memory (RAM) and internal storage (6 GB RAM, 128GB memory); upgraded S-Pen, this time with built-in speaker; and non-Samsung batteries.
Samsung is allegedly in negotiations with LG Electronics to manufacture the flagship's batteries. As of this time, both parties have not issued any confirmation.
Meanwhile, the results of the Note 7 fire investigation will be released this January. The investigations were conducted by US-based safety organization UL and the Korean Agency for Technology and Standards (KATS) with the help from Korea Testing Laboratory (KTL). It was speculated that the explosion was due to an electronic hardware design problem.
Nevertheless, Samsung has yet to officially confirm that they are planning to unveil the Galaxy S8 alongside Note 8 this April. Hopefully, these two flagship devices can restore the company's reputation in the global market.