Of all eventualities, Samsung will be particularly keen to avoid the forthcoming Galaxy Note 8 exploding! This was the unfortunate fate which befell the Galaxy Note 7 last year, with the flagship phablet from Samsung exploding with a rather alarming regularity.
If the Galaxy Note series is to be reinvigorated successfully, the forthcoming Galaxy Note 8 must undoubtedly be an unqualified success. Certainly the Korean manufacturer can be commended for the rapid way that it has recovered from this unfortunate technology disaster. But a lukewarm response to the forthcoming release, or the potential debacle of the Galaxy Note 8 exploding regularly as well, would be simply completely unpalatable.
With the Galaxy Note 8 due to be announced in a major Unpacked event in New York on August 23, appetites are already whetted for this major phablet release. Early rumors related to this device suggest that it will retail in the $900 ballpark, although some analysts have suggested that the recommended retail price could be as high as $1,000.
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It would make sense for Samsung to deliver the smaller of these two figures, particularly as Apple has a revolutionary iPhone 8 up its sleeve for release later this year. It is generally believed that this Apple handset will retail at a price tag in excess of $1,000 in the United States, meaning that Samsung could gain something of an advantage by setting the Galaxy Note 8 at an RRP of $900.
But avoiding the Galaxy Note 8 exploding will be a particular priority for the Korean manufacturer, and Samsung has put stringent procedures in place in order to avoid this eventuality. The biggest reason to suppose that the Galaxy Note 8 will be significantly more reliable than the previous iteration of the series is the new eight-point battery safety test that the Korean corporation has instigated.
Samsung has been keen to promote this ahead of the release of the Galaxy Note 8, although it does rather beg the question of what safety procedures were put in place for the Galaxy Note 7. But the mega-corporation claims that its new processes ensure both the short and long-term operational safety of the cells included in the Galaxy Note 8.
Central to this process is a physical examination, which involves an X-ray and durability testing, charge and discharge cycling. Volatile compound leakage checks, battery disassembly, unexpected voltage change detection, and a new “accelerated usage test” are also included in the overall process, as Samsung attempts to avoid any suggestion of the Galaxy Note 8 exploding.
Another plus point for Samsung with the Galaxy Note 8 is that it is widely anticipated to be a much larger smartphone than its predecessor. All of the latest information on this handset suggests that the Galaxy Note 8 will be a huge device.
This is important with regard to the unpalatable prospect of the Galaxy Note 8 exploding, as engineering investigation revealed that the problem with the Galaxy Note 7 was the cramped space within which the designers attempted to fit the battery cell. Clearly lessons have been learned from this major oversight, and the situation will not be repeated when the Galaxy Note 8 emerges.
In a further attempt to ensure that the Galaxy Note 8 is far more durable than the last release in the series, Samsung will even include a smaller battery in the handset. Naturally, this is rather unusual, with the spec list of mobile phones usually increasing overtime rather than diminishing. But obviously Samsung must absolutely ensure that this smartphone is considerably more reliable than the Galaxy Note 7, meaning that a smaller battery is a necessary, and probably wise, concession.
Furthermore, Samsung will obviously have been particularly careful when designing and testing the Galaxy Note 8 battery, as the last thing that the Korean Corporation wishes to encounter is any examples of the Galaxy Note 8 exploding. Such an incident would undoubtedly become a media furore at this time, and the negative publicity generated could effectively sound the death knell for the Galaxy Note series.
Aside from the Focus on the battery cell included in the Galaxy Note 8, the device is also expected to deliver several improvements over the last generation. Although it is unlikely to deliver a 4K resolution display, there have been massive camera improvements according to analysts, while the S Pen stylus has also been significantly improved.
There is no doubt that Samsung will need to deliver something both durable and attractive in order to attract consumers, despite the outstanding reputation and recent performance of the company. Thus, incidences of the Galaxy Note 8 exploding will be disastrous for the credibility of Samsung, and the ultimate direction of both the company and the Galaxy Note range in particular.