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Samsung Pretends the Galaxy Note 7 Never Existed

by Justin Herrick | August 27, 2018August 27, 2018 8:30 am PDT

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 9 is available worldwide. Following a two-week pre-order window, the latest flagship is arriving on doorsteps everywhere. Now the battle between Samsung and Apple will really heat up as both companies offer new flagships to finish 2018.

It’s an exciting time for first time Galaxy Note buyers and longtime fans of the series because, as expected, the Galaxy Note 9 packs a ton of high-end technology.

The S Pen makes its return, and Samsung included a spacious Infinity Display as well as an advanced dual-camera setup. Based on Android 8.1 Oreo with the Samsung Experience, there’s really no area that the Galaxy Note 9 seems week. That $1,000 asking price could be worth it.

With the global release, Samsung published an item that covers the Galaxy Note series and its history. The series, which was introduced in 2011, has always pushed boundaries for mobile devices. It went from productivity-driven to power-driven over time. But the infographic leaves out one very important moment from Samsung’s past.

Take a look at this portion of Samsung’s infographic, and then we’ll explain more:

Between 2015 and 2017, the infographic doesn’t have a Galaxy Note. It jumps from the Galaxy Note 5 to the Galaxy Note 8 without mentioning that there was indeed a product announced in 2016. That year Samsung introduced the Galaxy Note 7, which was eventually pulled from the market after a massive scandal burned the company.

Multiple units were doomed by exploding batteries. The Galaxy Note 7 was actually recalled twice because, even after the initial investigation and recall, some units continued catching fire.

The 2016 flagship was banned on flights and elsewhere by several government agencies because of the potential damage.

While we all remember the Galaxy Note 7, Samsung is pretending it never existed. The product has been ignored and erased from any company-generated materials. Yet there will always be a singed mark on the Galaxy Note series’ identity.

Despite the infographic’s omission, the Galaxy Note 7 still deserves a place in history. The whole situation served as a reminder that, no matter how much you invest in research and development, something unforeseen could always ruin your progress. Samsung also took more of an interest in safety afterward.

The South Korean company also made out fine in the months and years following the incident. Samsung continues dominating, shipping more smartphones globally than any other brand. As for the Galaxy Note series, the Galaxy Note 9 feels like it made more hype than planned. Let’s just hope this one doesn’t get too hot.

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Justin Herrick

Justin is easily attracted to power buttons. His interest in technology started as a child in the 1990s with the original PlayStation, and two...

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