Samsung has all but confirmed it has plans to launch a Galaxy Note 8 this year — despite the Galaxy Note 7 disaster. Now a new report claims it will be the company’s first phablet with a 4K display, plus “Bixby,” the new AI assistant that’s expected to make its debut with the Galaxy S8.
The Note 7 should have been Samsung’s best-ever smartphone. In fact, it was for a short while… until some handsets started exploding and Samsung was forced to recall all 2.5 million. The handset was later killed off after just a few short months on sale.
Fans and critics speculated that the Note 7 could be Samsung’s last Galaxy Note device, but it seems the South Korean firm isn’t ready to give up on it just yet. After it hinted a new Note 8 will arrive this year, a new report from Business Korea tells us what we can expect.
“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,” said an apparent Samsung partner. “I heard that it will connect with new Gear VR wearable.”
The Note 8 is also expected to come with Samsung’s next-generation AI assistant, an improved S Pen stylus, and better iris recognition. It’s unclear when the device will make its official debut, but you can be sure Samsung will want to spend a lot of time on quality control before it goes public.
With regards to the Note 7, Business Korea adds that Samsung will be releasing the results of its internal investigation into the explosions by the end of this month. It is thought the problem was not a battery fault as originally anticipated, but rather a design flaw.