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Here’s how Samsung might kill the Galaxy Note brand without actually killing it

Published Oct 13th, 2016 2:08PM EDT
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Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 problems are just getting started. The Korean giant will lose plenty of money following the disastrous Galaxy Note 7 launch, but that’s the least of its worries right now. Regaining the trust of consumer is top priority for the company, and Samsung might completely kill the Galaxy Note series in an effort to put this disaster behind it.

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After a report from earlier this week suggested that Samsung may not launch a Galaxy Note phone next year, news from Russia adds more weight to the notion that a Galaxy Note 8 might not be in the works for 2017.

An anonymous source from Samsung said that Samsung is considering eliminating the use of the “Note” brand in future smartphone models, according to Russian media cited by The Galaxy Note 7 destroyed consumer trust in the brand, which is something we’ve heard before, and that’s enough for Samsung to ditch it.

The Note is one of the most successful smartphone lines launched by Samsung. The company was the first to launch a big-screen smartphone people actually wanted to use. Even if there’s not going to be a Galaxy Note 8 next year, die-hard Samsung fans who used earlier Note models will probably expect new hardware that comes with all the signature features of the Galaxy Note phones, including S Pen stylus support.

Samsung is already rumored to be working on two distinct versions of the Galaxy S8 next quarter, including a regular model and a “Plus” phablet. The larger device may come with a dual rear camera just like the iPhone 7 Plus and a 4K display. TechTastic speculates that the model could also house an S Pen stylus. If that’s the case, a 5.5-inch Galaxy S8 Plus could effectively replace the Galaxy Note 8 that would’ve been released next August.

Nothing is confirmed at this time, and it’ll be a while before we know what Samsung plans to do with the struggling Note brand.

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.

Outside of work, you’ll catch him streaming almost every new movie and TV show release as soon as it's available.

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