Last night, major drama unfolded as several gadget reviewers who got their hands on the Samsung Galaxy Fold reported that their screens broke or began malfunctioning, because of hardware and software issues.The company later issued a statement saying that it’s investigating the issue.More importantly, it said that it’s going ahead with the original plan of launching the ~$2,000 device in the US on April 26.That’s quite a bold move, given the device (or at least the screen) doesn’t seem ready for consumers.Also from Samsung PR: “There are no changes to the plans – we are launching in the U.S. on April 26.”Samsung previously faced its biggest PR nightmare in 2016, when several of its Galaxy Note7 phones sold around the world caught fire at random.
Ever since the explosion of the Samsung Galaxy Note7 battery, the Chinese market has never really opened up to the brand as it was before.The likes if Huawei, Xiaomi, OPPO, Meizu and other Chinese manufacturers which are rising up to the occasion to unveil flagship devices is not helping matters.However, Samsung is still among the elite in the smartphone manufacturing industry in terms of product design and performance.Recently, a Samsung dual-screen patent design appeared on the online.The current exposure shows that Samsung is still using its most adept curved screen design, but different from the current full-screen and traditional design.In this smartphone patent, the screen continues to the rear of the phone which makes it more like a “one and a half” screen smartphone which looks very innovative and has a good sense of value.
After a few weeks with Samsung’s flagship, one thing is perfectly clear to me: the Galaxy Note 8 is a curious smartphone.The Galaxy S8 was the first flagship to follow the Galaxy Note 7, albeit under a different product line, with minimal negative reactions.The Galaxy Note 8 arrived soon after to much aplomb.With record pre-orders and sales, it certainly looks to have delivered the follow-up superstar the Galaxy Note 7 deserved.It could be because past Galaxy Note devices have often launched when the smartphone industry was looking for something new and shiny to fawn over.This year, the smartphone industry has so much competitive choice that the allure of a shiny new Galaxy Note doesn’t have quite the same appeal.
After the recall of the ill-fated Galaxy Note 7 whose batteries went up in flame last year, many kept their fingers crossed to see how Samsung will respond to the serious setback.The South Korean tech giant responded strongly and released some smartphones that are currently doing very well.Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is one of them.The Galaxy Note 8 is Samsung’s first new phablet in two years and reports from South Korea indicates that it has this device has brought in over 850,000 pre-orders for the company which is way higher than the 400,000 pre-orders for the Galaxy Note 7 last year.This phablet which was only released last month is sustaining a very strong momentum as it records 10,000-20,000 units sales per day in South Korea which makes it the most popular smartphone in the market.The performance of this device is not entirely surprising because it has a very loyal fanbase and the phone is quite amazing too.
Recall the ill fate of Galaxy Note 7 whose battery went up in flames in some cases and the South Korean manufacturing giant had to recall the device at a huge cost.This smartphone was refurbished and renamed “Galaxy Note FE”.The only difference between Galaxy Note 7 and Galaxy Note FE is that the latter has a smaller 3,200mAh battery.The initial Galaxy Note 7 had an unstable 3,500mAh battery.Galaxy Note FE launched in South Korea three months ago and now, reports suggest that this smartphone may be penetrating the Malaysian market soon.A good indication that the Galaxy FE is coming to Malaysia is the fact that a major carrier in the country, YES, have listed this smartphone alongside the Galaxy S8 as one of the devices that supports 4G LTE in the country.
Is every new Samsung flagship cursed to have a major fiasco?While not as explosive, pun totally intended, as the Galaxy Note 7, it seems that something is amiss with the otherwise commendable Galaxy S8 and S8+.Owners across different carriers in the US are reporting cases of “missing” text messages.On the one hand, it’s unlikely to cause physical harm (unless you violently hurl the phone at someone).But, on the other hand, the bug is a serious issue for concern, especially when emergency cases are involved.It isn’t simply a case of text messages refusing to display.
A handful of such claims have surfaced since the phone started shipping on Sept. 22, and as expected, they’re making headlines all across the web.But there’s no reason to worry yet.Bulging batteries are caused by a buildup of gases inside the cell.It generally affects older batteries that are reaching the end of their lifespan, but while it’s rare, it’s not completely uncommon for it to affect new batteries as well.In total, there have only been six reported cases of bulging batteries, an infinitesimally small number when you consider the millions of phones that were likely sold over the past two weeks.Faulty smartphones batteries receive a ton of attention these days due to Samsung Galaxy Note7 recall last year.
In case you missed it, Samsung launched a couple of months ago (early July) their Galaxy Note7 as Galaxy Note FE in its home country only, and we just found out that the device has been completely sold out!According to reports, Samsung managed to sell more than 400.000 units of the device with a price tag of approximately 620$.Note that the Galaxy Note FE is practically the same as the original Note7 but with one significant alteration: instead of the “explosive” 3500mAh battery of the first model, it comes with a 100% safe 3200 mAh battery.It’s worth mentioning also that its current price (620$) in S. Korea is 265$ less than the original price of the Galaxy Note7 when launched.The company announced that they have no plans to sell more Galaxy Note Fans Edition in their home country, but there are thoughts of a global launch!
Soon after Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Note 8 last week, news emerged that Samsung will significantly discount the handset for the customers that were affected by last year’s unexpected Galaxy Note 7 recall.Samsung promised to offer buyers up to $425 in savings, which sounds great for a phone whose sticker price is $930.If it sounds too good to be true, that’s because it is — here’s what you need to know.Sure, the bulk of the Galaxy Note 7 orders came from the States, but that still leaves plenty of people who will not benefit from the offer.The other problem with this deal is that it only runs through September 30th, so you really have to act fast to get it.If that’s not enough, you should know you should go through Samsung to get the deal, which means you’ll likely have to buy the handset unlocked, for its full price to get the discount.
The Galaxy Note 8 is finally official, and all the rumors that preceded Samsung’s Wednesday event turned out to be true, including battery details.Yes, the Galaxy Note 8’s battery will inevitably be compared to the ill-fated Galaxy Note 7, although we probably know the conclusion: the new Note’s battery must be just as safe as the Galaxy S8’s.But Samsung’s Note 8 event also helps us better understand what happened last year and seems to confirm one of the real reasons why the Galaxy Note 8 exploded.Samsung blamed battery manufacturers in early 2017 for the Galaxy Note 7 disaster, vowing to never let it happen again.Issues with the actual manufacturing of the battery and the quality assurance process were indeed revealed.Last year’s phone had a massive 3,500 mAh battery, far bigger than what was available on competing devices.
Samsung's UK customers could miss out on the Galaxy Note 8 discount for those who bought the doomed Note 7 after the company refused to confirm whether it would offer the deal in Britain.When Samsung launched the Note 8 smartphone at an event last night it said it would reward Note 7 customers who chose to stick with the brand, despite last year's global recall, with a major discount worth $425 (£330).It said customers could trade in their current handset for a reduced price on the £869 Note 8.Samsung said the deal would be available in the US on pre-orders starting on August 24.But it appears Samsung will not offer the incentive to UK customers.Samsung has not been advertising the deal on its UK website or making it available through its support helpline.
VentureBeat reports: After months of leaks, Samsung today unveiled the Galaxy Note8 in an event in New York City.The company's latest stylus-equipped flagship smartphone is expected to be available for preorder starting tomorrow, August 24.The phone ships "in mid-September" with Android 7.1.1 Nougat, but you can expect it will be upgradeable to Android Oreo, which was only officially announced two days ago.The Galaxy Note8 succeeds the Galaxy Note7 (you may think that's obvious, but the Note7 succeeded the Note5).Samsung is likely holding its breath with the Galaxy Note8 given the Galaxy Note7 fiasco due to exploding batteries that led to a product recall.The direct result of this is that the Note8 has a smaller 3300mAh battery, which can be charged either via the USB-C port or wirelessly.
Chances are very slim that you currently own a Samsung Galaxy Note 7, despite our glowing five-star review from last year.Because Samsung recalled them all.While the phone itself was a stunner and worked beautifully during testing, a number of buyers experienced extremely dangerous battery issues that led to fires and small explosions, including injury and damage.So Samsung took them all back and decided to regroup for 2017.And following the successful Galaxy S8 launch, now we have the Galaxy Note 8 on the horizon.It clearly follows in the footsteps of the Galaxy S8, and it's likewise an evolution of what we saw with last year's short-lived model.
Galaxy Note 7 owners are finally getting a break from Samsung.Eligible customers will get an instant trade-in value worth up to $425 through a special offer on Samsung.com, the company said.The discount will be about half-off, with various prices from carriers listing the phone between $930 and $960.It'll be a tall order for Samsung, considering that starting last September up to 3 million Note 7 phones were recalled after a number of units overheated and some even caught on fire.Samsung's Galaxy Note 8 event on New York on Wednesday opened up with a video package from previous Note 7 owners, talking about how disappointed they about the phone's flaws and the recall.Koh, Samsung's mobile chief, and Justin Denison, the company's senior vice president of product strategy and marketing, both came on stage to thank fans who stuck by the company.
The Galaxy Note 7 is a failed product.Naturally, if you're eyeing the latest Galaxy Note 8, you'll want to know -- is the Note 8 safe?Samsung’s latest flagship smartphone is here: The pricey Galaxy Note 8, with a 6.3-inch screen, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, and the S Pen stylus.The short answer is yes, but if you are thinking of dropping nearly a $1,000 on the phone, you likely want to know the steps Samsung made to make it safe.It involves a durability test, a visual inspection, an X-Ray, a charge and discharge test, a total volatile organic compounds (TVOC) test, a disassembling test, an accelerated usage test, and a Delta Open Circuit Voltage test.Some of these tests are new, implemented directly after the Note 7 incident, while others have always been in place, but they have been enhanced.
It is clear that Samsung wants to leave the Galaxy Note 7 fiasco in the rear-view mirror – it’s not like the company loves to remember the defective batteries that led to the phone’s multiple recalls.At the same time, it seems as if Samsung wants former Galaxy Note 7 owners to have faith and pick up the newly-announced Galaxy Note 8, which is likely why those owners will be given a potentially significant discount off the new phablet.Samsung’s olive branch is relatively straightforward: former Galaxy Note 7 owners can trade in their current phones and get up to $425 off the Galaxy Note 8 once pre-orders for the latter kick off on August 24.The instant discount offer will be made through Samsung’s website, though we are interested to learn how Samsung will parse out those former Galaxy Note 7 owners.As a quick recap, the Galaxy Note 8 features a 6.3-inch QHD+ AMOLED display with an 18.5:9 aspect ratio, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 processor, 6 GB of RAM, and dual rear cameras with optical image stabilization for both sensors.This is certainly a gesture of good faith from a company whose reputation took a hit with the Galaxy Note 7.
The smartphone has the same iris-scanning tech and S Pen stylus as the Note 7, albeit a smaller battery.It also features Samsung’s Bixby assistant, and it’s the first Samsung phone with dual cameras.While no one is upgrading from a Note 7 due to the recall, are the Note 8’s upgrades enough to justify the asking price?162.5 x 74.8 x 8.6 mm (6.40 x 2.95 x 0.34 inches)153.5 x 73.9 x 7.9 mm (6.04 x 2.91 x 0.31 inches)Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Samsung Exynos 8895 (international)
It has been nearly a year since Samsung, the world’s most prolific smartphone maker, gave us an exhibition of how not to recover from a mistake.After launching the flagship Galaxy Note 7 device in August 2016 without putting it through sufficiently rigorous quality assurance checks, Samsung found itself inundated with reports of self-combusting Note 7 batteries.It was an unfortunate lapse at that stage, but Samsung made things much worse by equivocating about the causes of the fires, trying to do only partial recalls, and eventually even re-releasing the Note 7 with supposedly fixed batteries that still caught fire.This will be the most atypical Note launch in the line’s seven-year (there was no Galaxy Note 6 as Samsung skipped a number last year to sync up with its Galaxy S product numbering) history.Granted, some trolls out there would take delight in being able to reheat their explosively funny fire puns should the Note 8 exhibit more battery issues.If Samsung executes today’s launch correctly and delivers tens of millions of Note handsets with reliable batteries and no aberrant behaviors, it will complete the journey of recovering trust in its brand, and it will put a line under the Note 7 as an unfortunate exception.
Samsung announced the Galaxy Note8 today, successor to the failed Galaxy Note7.After months of leaks, Samsung’s latest stylus-equipped phone is now official.Preorders begin August 24, and the devices will begin shipping in mid-September.Before you get your credit card ready, you might want to see exactly what you’re buying.The comparison tables below show you what Samsung has changed, comparing the Galaxy Note7 to the Galaxy Note8.5.7-inch QHD+, 2560×1440, 518 ppi
Here’s the thing that bummed me out the most about last year’s Galaxy Note7 debacle: Not only was the smartphone effectively banished forever, but so was its accompanying S Pen.Granted, a larger version of the S Pen was launched with the Galaxy Tab S3, but having a pen fit into your device is a different experience altogether.It’s not just a stylus—it’s a pressure-sensitive productivity tool that unlocks a wide array of software features you won’t see on other mobile devices.Though the Galaxy Note8 mostly adopts the same S Pen enhancements of its predecessor, it’s worth revisiting what makes the pen so involving in the first place.Granted, it isn’t a physical pen and paper duo, but the Galaxy Note8’s built-in S Pen guarantees you’ll always have a pen on your person—provided, of course, you haven’t lost it somewhere along the way.The screen will remain in this writing mode for as long as you need, and you can turn a scrawled note into the background for the Note8’s always-on display—a helpful reminder that will stare you in the face every time you pick up the phone.