Samsung May Launch a Galaxy Note 8 This Year as if Nothing Bad Happened

By Gary Cutlack on at

Samsung is seriously considering launching a new Galaxy Note phone as usual later this year, despite the fact that the Note 7 became something of a global laughing stock and huge corporate embarrassment due to the small problem of some models catching fire and needing to be sent back to Samsung in little fire-resistant boxes.

According to Korean fact outlet Business Korea, Samsung's thinking about doing a Galaxy Note 8 in the second half of the year as has become customary, and might be overcompensating by making it its most technically advanced model yet. The Korean site quotes someone from a Samsung "partner company" on the matter, who told it that: "Samsung will introduce 2K resolution displays in the Galaxy S8, but it will use 4K resolution displays in the Galaxy Note 8 to realize improved virtual reality functions. I heard that it will connect with new Gear VR wearable."

So can a 4K mobile display designed for better VR integration repair the massive hole that the Note 7 melted through the Samsung brand? Do the people care enough about VR yet to make it a hardware seller? And will they be allowed on aeroplanes and near children? [Business Korea via Techradar]