Samsung to Launch Note 8, S8 and a Possibly a Foldable Galaxy X

Until recently, it was thought that Samsung would scrap the Note 8 and stop work on all future Note models. The massive fail of Note 7 after multiple issues even with replacement units, Samsung was forced to pull the model off the shelves. It was inevitable after so many problems, which was why everyone thought there would be no Galaxy Note 8 or even an S8, for that matter.

In fact, there was even a plausible report in Business Insider citing another report in the Korea Herald that said Samsung would scrap the Note model and focus on the Galaxy S series instead. At the time it did make sense for Samsung to focus on a single flagship smartphone every year instead of divide its attention between two. Of course, we can’t say that this was the reason the faulty Note 7 slipped through the cracks, but it gets you thinking.

Now, however, Samsung seems to have let it slip out that there will, in fact, be at least two models next year – the Note 8 and the Galaxy S8. In a statement to Reuters, Samsung said:

“In a statement on Monday, Samsung said customers who trade in their Note 7 phone for either a flat-screen or curved-screen version of the Galaxy S7 can trade up for a Galaxy S8 or Note 8 smartphone launching next year through an upgrade program.”

“Users in the upgrade program will need to pay only half the price of a Galaxy S7 device, rather than the full amount, before exchanging to the S8 or the Note 8, Samsung said.” – Reuters

Right now the upgrade program from Samsung is only being offered to Korean customers in exchange for their Note 7s. It’s possible that the low return rate on the Note 7 prompted Samsung to take this course of action. An earlier report in The Verge showed that only 60% Note 7 devices were actually returned by customers in the United States as well as South Korea.

It’s possible that Samsung is testing out an upgrade program in South Korea ahead of a major launch of a similar program in the United States. Samsung’s future market share has been severely eroded after the Note 7 debacle, but the company isn’t going to give up in the most lucrative market in the world, the United States.

And nothing further has been said about the mysterious foldable Galaxy X, as it’s being called right now, but that should be coming out next year and it will revolutionalize smartphones as we know them.

Samsung Galaxy S8 Could Come Early, Foldable Galaxy X in the Works?

And here’s what the Note 8 might look like according to a concept rendering:


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