Galaxy Note 8? Yes, Samsung is planning on itIt seems Samsung is holding on to hope for the Galaxy Note brand, as the company offers a trade-in deal for an upcoming Note 8. Yet Samsung reportedly still doesn't know why the Note 7 was prone to overheating and exploding.
Samsung is not killing the Galaxy Note phone brand yet. Believe it or not we may actually see a Galaxy Note eight next year. How do we know? Because Samsung issued a statement offering South Korean customers the opportunity to trade up to a Note eight next year if they turn in their potentially dangerous Note seven now for a Galaxy S seven. The offer was reported by Reuters. Samsung has not announced any sort of trade in offer for customers of other countries, but this announcement shows that Samsung may not completely abandon the Note brand. Even after the epically embarrassing disaster leading to recall the Note 7 phone twice and halt production because it was prone to catching fire. So what is Samsung's motto going to be? Buy a Galaxy Note 8. And this time, it won't blow up. But if Samsung expects the Note line to continue to be successful, it needs to be transparent in what went wrong. And Samsung needs to reassure customers that future phones won't also spontaneously combust. The problem is. Samsung still doesn't even know what was causing the batteries to overheat. The Wall Street journal's reporting that Samsung is still trying to figure out what went wrong with the phones, and it's causing the company to delay work on it's upcoming Galaxy S8 flagship phone by two weeks. That's it for this tech news update. I'm Bridget Carey. Stay on top of the biggest stories at cnet.com/update.