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Samsung confirmed a Galaxy Note 8 is coming, and it should be a lot safer than the Note 7

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Samsung confirmed a Galaxy Note 8 is coming, and it should be a lot safer than the Note 7

WATCH  | There's going to be a Note 8, after all!

The reports of the Note's death: greatly exaggerated

In an interview with CNET on Sunday, Samsung's president of mobile, DJ Koh, said, "I will bring back a better, safer and very innovative Note 8,” marking the first time the company has acknowledged that a new Galaxy Note phone is coming.

The statement followed many months of speculation that Samsung would retire its stylus-carrying phablet line of Galaxy phones after the battery explosion problems that afflicted the now-recalled Note 7.

DJ Koh
DJ Koh, President of Mobile Communications Business, Samsung Electronics, shows the new the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge during the Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2016 event on the eve of this week?s Mobile World Congress wireless show, in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Manu Fernadez)

Koh said there are still plenty of Note 4 and Note 5 owners out there who've "made it clear" that they want an upgrade. And so the Note 8 is coming.

Samsung said the Note 8 will be safer

Koh gave comments about the future of the Note at an event in New York City where the company announced a new eight-point battery safety check that is supposed to ensure its future phones -- including the Note 8 -- are only hot sellers, not hot literally -- because they're on fire, etc.

New features for the Note 8?

Rumors for the Note 8, which was itself a rumor until now, include an S-Pen that talks to you; a new artificially intelligent digital voice assistant, named Bixby (which will first appear on the soon-to-come Galaxy S8); and the Note 8 could also have a super sharp 4K screen, which would make it a brilliant mobile virtual reality device.

Word on the street has the Galaxy Note 8 launching in the latter part of 2017.

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