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The Galaxy Note family might not be as dead as we thought

Published Nov 10th, 2016 8:25AM EST
Galaxy Note 8 Rumors Release Date
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Samsung’s unprecedented Galaxy Note 7 recall was an immense blow to the South Korean company. Samsung took a massive financial hit, and its image was badly hurt after having to recall the fire-prone Galaxy Note 7 twice. Samsung killed the phone only a few months after it launched it, and some reports said the company might be willing to dump the entire Galaxy Note brand to clean up its name. However, that might not happen, a new leak suggests, as Samsung has already planned a Galaxy Note 8 handset.

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Well-known leaker Evan Blass said on Twitter that Samsung is making two Galaxy S8 models and a Galaxy Note 8 for next year.

“Samsung Galaxy S8 models are indeed skipping SM-G94* model numbers, will ship as SM-G950 & SM-G955,” he said. “Know what else is in the works? SM-N950.”

The number 4 is believed to bring bad luck in Korea, which is why Samsung skips it in numbering schemes. So, in other words, the SM-N950 would be the successor to the SM-N930*, which is the codename of the Galaxy Note 7.

Samsung may still decide to cancel the Galaxy Note 8, but at the moment, it looks like the company is actively planning to make a new phablet next year. Another report has also claimed that Samsung is looking to target potential Galaxy Note 7 buyers with a bigger Galaxy S8 version in 2017.

In a second tweet, Blass stated that both Galaxy S8 models would have edge displays. Recent reports said that Samsung is ditching flat screens on future flagship smartphones. That isn’t surprising considering that the Galaxy Note 7 did not have a flat version either.

Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he brings his entertainment expertise to Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises.

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