Samsung answers burning question: Why release the Galaxy Note 8?


Posted at Aug 24 2017 09:37 AM

Koh Dong-jin, president of Samsung Electronics' Mobile Communications, shows the Galaxy Note 8 smartphone during the launch event in New York City, US, August 23, 2017. Brendan McDermid, Reuters

MANILA - Samsung Electronics resurrected the Galaxy Note line on Thursday after an embarrassing and costly recall of the phablet's sixth iteration last year, saying it was inspired by fan loyalty.

Around 2.5 million units of the Galaxy Note 7 were recalled after some devices heated up and caught fire, dealing a $5.2-billion blow to the South Korean giant's operating profit. An internal investigation blamed faulty batteries.

The Galaxy Note 8, unveiled in New York, sports a slightly larger, near bezel-less screen, dual cameras and a stylus. It will compete directly with the 10-year anniversary version of Apple's iPhone.

"None of us will ever forget what happened last year. I know I won't. But I will never forget how millions of dedicated Note loyalists stayed with us," Samsung Mobile president Koh Dong-jin said.

"Their passion has been a constant inspiration so let me express my deepest gratitude to the incredible Note community around the world. We are here today because of your support," he said.

Last month, Samsung released a Galaxy Note "Fan Edition," using Note 7 components but with smaller batteries.

Since the Note 7 fiasco, Samsung said it has imposed an 8-point check on batteries to ensure safety.