It’s no secret that Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 was a flop. What was arguably one of the best phones of 2016 was pulled from shelves after an overwhelming number of devices were reportedly exploding due to battery issues. Airlines were instructed to inform passengers not to use their Note 7 while in-flight, and carriers all over the world were issuing full refunds for anyone who wanted to return their phone. Samsung even issued a software update that stopped the Note 7 from fully charging in hopes of preventing further explosions, and then later another that actually prevented it from working at all.
After a lengthy investigation, Samsung discovered the issues that plagued the Note 7 battery — two different issues for two different batteries — and has now vowed to have much more stringent test procedures going forward to ensure that a disaster of this magnitude doesn’t happen again.
Rumors of the Galaxy Note 8 have already started swirling as well, a new device with a giant 5.8-inch display, 12MP camera, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage and a 3000mAh battery. The Note 8 is also said to be water resistant, something that new devices strive for in today’s “oops, I dropped my phone in the toilet” lifestyle.
It’s hard to say if the Note 8 will be a success, given that the Note 7 debacle is still fresh in consumer minds. Diehard fans will surely pick one up, but what about those that were forced to return their Note 7, burn an upgrade, and get a different device instead? They’re mostly out of luck unless they really want a Note 8.
It’s too early to tell how well the Galaxy Note 8 will do — or if it will do well at all. Samsung’s numbers are still up, but the fate of their future devices is still up in the air — at least as long as exploding batteries are still on everyone's mind.