As hinted back in October of last year, Samsung is indeed looking to continue the Galaxy Note brand this year. As a matter of fact, D.J Koh, the company’s mobile chief has recently confirmed to CNET that a Galaxy Note 8 is coming store shelves in 2017. The number one seller of smartphone devices in the world has taken a hit with the failure of its phablet offering last year, the Galaxy Note 7. But as Koh has pointed out, the battery related disaster of just one model will not be enough to dissuade the South Korean phone maker from continuing to offer new and decidedly better Galaxy Note devices.
Koh also made mention that letting the Galaxy Note brand live on would be a tribute to Samsung’s fans, particularly those loyal to the company’s lineup of phablets. The Galaxy Note 7 was recalled for a pretty good reason -- to ensure the safety of those who bought it and of the people and property in proximity of the device if it overheats. But it is kind of confusing how a number of users (estimated to be in the thousands by Verizon Wireless) are still holding on to their Galaxy Note 7 units. Samsung may have thought it touching that there are still some who have faith in its Galaxy Note brand, despite all the bad publicity (and ridicule). Which brings us to the upcoming Galaxy Note 8 -- if Samsung follows its previous pattern in past years, its newest phablet should be formally announced by August or September later this year.
As for Samsung’s next flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S8, Koh has also confirmed that, alas, the device will not be debuting next month at the annual Mobile World Congress (MWC), which will be happening on February 27th in the beautiful city of Barcelona in Spain. The yearly MWC is considered by many as the most prominent trade show for mobile devices across the globe, and Samsung has, on more than one occasion, unveiled its best smartphones and other gadgets during this event.
So why is the Galaxy S8 not making its first appearance at this year’s MWC? Many would like to thank that the failure of last year’s Galaxy Note 7 has something to do with it. But it is worth noting that for some time now, the South Korean tech giant has been looking to showcase new mobile devices through its Samsung Unpacked events, instead of the usual trade shows. 2017 might signal the start of Samsung’s departure from big annual events in favor of hosting its own branded tech shows.
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