Samsung isn’t giving up on the Note 8, could arrive in 2017
Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 is dead and buried, but the Note brand will live to see another phone launch. There were initial reports and analysis that suggested that Samsung might ditch the complete lineup after the recent Note 7 fiasco.
Note 7 owners in South Korea who trade in their phones for a Galaxy S7 will be able to trade up automatically next year to an S8 or a Note 8 for half the normal price, Samsung said in a statement given to Reuters.
This contradicts reports that Samsung is dropping the Galaxy Note line to focus its efforts on the Galaxy S flagship line to “ensure quality control”. Samsung did face quality control issues with the Note 7, and the series of explosions too seem to have been handled hastily. But it seems better to concentrate on quality control as well continue with the lineup due to the highly positive reviews it has always received.
This is only the latest incentive Samsung has offered Note 7 owners in an attempt to keep them loyal to the company’s brand. In the US, for example, Note 7 owners can get $25 in credit if they refund the defective phone or exchange for another device. But, if they exchange it for another Samsung phone, that credit incentive is bumped up to $100.
Samsung has stepped up marketing and promotion for its Galaxy S smartphones to try to make up for some of the lost sales.