You would think that with the disaster of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, they will end the whole Note family altogether. However, the tech company might roll out a follow-up to the ill-fated phablet with the upcoming Galaxy Note 8. The said flagship device should be launched next year.
Aside from rumors surrounding the Galaxy S8, the other possible Samsung device set to be released in 2017 is the Galaxy Note 8. Despite the global recall of the Note 7, its successor will hit the market in the usual month of August. Though Samsung might be launched it a lot earlier in February along with the newest additions to the Galaxy S series. According to the PC Advisor, the Korean-based tech giant may also change the name of the Note 8. This would make a lot of sense considering that the Note family's reputation has been tarnished by the Note 7 debacle.
As for the possible specs on the Note 8, Samsung will likely make a major upgrade and integrate high-end features. For instance, the 5.7-inch phablet may be able to support 4K display. Likewise, it might handle 6GB or 8GB of RAM. Unlike the rumored Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor in Galaxy S8, the Note 8 might be powered by the Snapdragon 830. For internal storage, Samsung should definitely make the Note 8 capable of up to 256GB. The Galaxy Note 7 only offered a maximum of 128GB while the iPhone 7 Plus has a 256GB onboard storage.
The feature that the Note 8 has to retain is the fingerprint and iris scanner. This will make the device more secure. But the main focus should be to ensure that it will not make the same mistake as the Note 7. As Samsung is set to release its report on the Note 7 probe, the issue with the battery should be addressed. To put it simply, Samsung has to put extra care on the battery that the device will be using. Otherwise, it will definitely be the end of the Note family line. As with the case of the Galaxy S8 smartphone, Samsung is yet to confirm these reports about the Note 8.
According to Tech Times, Samsung has already announced an upgrade program in South Korea. This will let customers who have enrolled in the said program to exchange their Galaxy S7 device for a Galaxy S8 or a Galaxy Note 8 once they become available.