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.
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.