Samsung is yet to come out with the real reason behind the Galaxy Note 7 fiasco, either because it may want to delay the announcement or because some feel that Samsung doesn't know the answer yet, but that hasn't stopped the company from planning on launching a Galaxy Note 8 phone next year.
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The Galaxy Note 7 received a tremendous reception when launched and if the battery issues hadn't spoiled the party, Samsung's smartphone business would have been sitting on unprecedented profits by now. However, as things have turned out, Samsung has lost billions in recalling and replacing Galaxy Note 7 handsets and there's a chance that the anger of consumers may spill over to the upcoming Galaxy S8 and S8 Edge phones, aided by the fact that Samsung is yet to come up with a satisfactory answer to why the Galaxy Note 7 fiasco took place in the first place.
Despite the Galaxy Note 7 turning out to the flop of the year, Samsung is intent on keeping the Note line alive and has confirmed that there will be a Galaxy Note 8 next year. The company's Galaxy Upgrade programme in South Korea is now notifying Note 7 buyers that those who replaced their handsets with the Galaxy S7 will be able to upgrade to either the Galaxy S8 or the Galaxy Note 8 next year at half the price of the Galaxy S7.
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A few days ago, we reported that Samsung may launch a couple of foldable phones in 2017 along with the Galaxy S8 and S8 Edge to keep it's revenue rolling. Since the Note 8 development will go on as planned, the foldable phones will only support the flagships in terms of sales rather than leading the fight against Apple, Huawei and other phone makers.
Since most of the industry has so far been speculating on whether there will be a Galaxy Note 8 or not, there have been no rumours or leaks on the handset so far but what we would expect in the least would be a bezel-free AMOLED display, fingerprint sensor in the back and powerful processing power and battery life to boot. However, nothing is confirmed as of now but as soon as we hear more, we'll let you know.