Samsung Galaxy Note 7 fans who are disappointed by the device's battery problems, recall and discontinuation have some good news: There will be a Galaxy Note 8. A Samsung official confirmed recently that the next generation of the flagship device is still on.
"I will bring back a better, safer and very innovative Note 8," Samsung mobile chief D.J. Koh said to CNET.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8: Release date and price
Aside from Koh's confirmation, there is no official news regarding a release date or price. Typically, Samsung announces the Note device in the fall, but the Note 7 fiasco has delayed the Galaxy S8's release, so it is likely the Note 8 will also see delays.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8: Battery issues resolved
Samsung's biggest obstacle will be convincing consumers that the Note 8 will be problem free. The South Korean company recently released a report on the factors that caused the battery problems in the Note 7. It also outlined what the company is doing to prevent such issues in the future: It has an eight-point battery check and a team of third-party advisers.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8: Iris scanning biometric technology
Only Samsung knows what "innovative" features are up its sleeve for the Note 8, but some Note 7 feature may return like the iris scanner, which let users unlock their devices in a more secure way. The problems with the Note 7 were related to the device's battery, so there's no reason to believe the Note 8 will not offer the same iris-scanning biometric technology as well.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8: S Pen Stylus
Another feature in the Note 7 was the S Pen stylus. The Note 8 should also feature the stylus, which is water- and dust-resistant and offers features like translation services and animated image creation, according to CNET.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8: Screen display and VR
BGR reports the Note 8 may feature a 4K display. Samsung first displayed a prototype of a 4K display in May at the SID Display Week conference. Should this be true, then the device could be VR compatible.
"Samsung will introduce 2K resolution displays in the Galaxy S8, but it will use 4K resolution displays in the Galaxy Note 8 to realize improved virtual reality (VR) functions," an unnamed Samsung exec told Business Korea. "I heard that it will connect with new Gear VR wearable."
Samsung Galaxy Note 8: Camera
The smartphone may also come equipped with a more powerful camera. A 30-megapixel rear camera, to be exact. This speculation is largely rooted in the fact that the Note 7 featured the same camera as the S7 devices. And with rumors circulating that the S8 will have a 30-megapixel camera, there is some change the Note 8 will be equipped with one too.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8: Digital Assistant
If the name Bixby sounds familiar, it's because the S8 is supposedly receiving a male digital assistant of that name. And, according to Digital Trends, so will the Note 8.