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How long until Samsung delivers a new Galaxy Note smartphone?

Released on September 3 2014, the Galaxy Note 4 impressed many users with its design, technical specification and performance. A smartphone which was hard to beat at that time and that still continues to produce excellent results. Those who have one in their pocket and are looking for a worthy substitute without abandoning the brand will still have to wait since Samsung, and its Galaxy Note 7, seem to have failed.

Once upon a time there existed a line of Note devices...

With its Note line, Samsung managed to win the hearts of many users - mainly those who were looking for a device equipped with a wide display capable of multitasking and doing any other task without problems. The Note family predecessors came on the scene in 2011 and has thus opened the door to the phablet world; devices larger than the classic smartphone but more compact than a tablet, perfectly satisfying the demands of businessmen, gamers and geeks. It was an immediate success: one million devices sold in less than two months.

The Note 4 is, undoubtedly, one of the line’s most popular devices

This success did not end in 2011. The new generations released in the three years after (Note II, Note 3 and Note 4 respectively), continued to post record sales in addition to high consumer approval. The brand has, over the course of time, worked on its design, equipping the phablet with a synthetic leather shell (there are those who love it and those who hate it), and mainly optimized components and features.

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The Galaxy Note 4 introduced in 2014, it is still an excellent device! / © AndroidPIT

The Note 4 is undoubtedly one of the line’s most loved devices. It is not only known for its excellent 5.7-inch AMOLED screen with QHD resolution that guarantees clear, crisp images, but also its 3220 mAh high-performance battery which ensures an excellent battery life. The main 16 MP camera (one of the best available when it was released) is also good and the S-Pen was smarter compared to the previous generation and always ready to accommodate us with less Air Command.

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Also present was a fingerprint sensor, inherited from the Galaxy S5, which is not that surprising seeing its recent expansion, but, in 2014, could be considered a unique function. Released with Android 4.4.4 KitKat, the Note 4 was then updated to Lollipop and Marshmallow. Performance? Excellent: the 2.7 GHz clocked Snapdragon 805 processor has 3GB of RAM and is able to handle any task without problems. Price? High when it was released but this was justified given the excellent product the Note 4 was and still is today.

No, I have not forgotten about the Note Edge. Released in 2014 along with the Note 4, it did not manage to spark the interest the brand was hoping for. Despite the innovative curve screen on one side, it did not get the same attention as its flat screen brother. Its high label may have been its main limitation.

2015: a gloomy year (the first) for the Note lovers

Last year Samsung decided not to release the Galaxy Note 5 globally, a huge let-down for Europeans. It was a hard pill to swallow for those who were looking forward to getting their hands on the new phablet, which had a renewed design inspired by that of the Galaxy S6.

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The Note 5 was not a global release and Europe was left out . / © AndroidPIT

The reason for this decision was the alleged lack of user interest in a device equipped with a stylus and the will to push another of the company’s phablets into the market, the Galaxy S6 Edge+ that, despite the absence of the S-Pen and almost identical technical specifications, did not seem to have been a heartbreaker.

After having followed the rumors for months, admiring the stylish body made of glass and metal, read about its glorious exploits (mainly with regard to its display and camera), Europeans had to resign themselves to the idea of waiting another year with their Note 4 or Note 3 in their pockets, in anticipation of getting their hands on the Note 6. It is however a pity that the plan has literally gone up in smoke…

The burning fate of the Note 7

We were expecting the Note 6 to be launched on the market, but Samsung has decided to skip a number and go directly to the 7, highlighting the device’s link with the Galaxy S7 line. So far, so good. On August 2, the Note 7 was officially presented which, once again, surprised everyone with its very detailed design and for its technical specifications.

The innovative iris scanner, even though not critical for an average user, ensures higher level of security. The Gorilla Glass 5 best protects the 5.66-inch glowing screen, which even supports HDR. It also has a Type-C USB port, Night Mode, Game Launcher, a main 12-MP camera, which does not miss (the same as that on the Galaxy S7 Edge), and so on and so forth.

It is however a pity for its battery… explosive. The first incidents forced the brand to proceed with a recall. On September 19, the replacement plan began: the brand asked that every Note 7 in circulation be returned to fix the battery problem. On October 1, sales resumed in South Korea and in the USA but, some units that were presumed to be safe because they were replaced by the brand were involved in new incidents. On October 11 2016, Samsung ceased the production and commercialization of the Note 7.

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The Note 7 abandons the market! What will become of us and of the Note line?  / © AndroidPIT

What will happen to the Note line?

Samsung has done the right thing: recalling the devices from the market and in doing so protecting the safety of users. But for all those who anxiously waited to get their hands on the Note 7, they will have to wait yet another year for the Note 8 (if ever there is one) or begin looking around in search of a worthy substitute for the Note 4 or the Note 3, knocking on the doors of several manufacturers.

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Samsung will now have to deal with the huge losses that will not only affect its pocket but also its image. Of course, the brand boasts years of experience in this field and a deep trust from its users. Accidents do happen … but twice in a row on the same device? Apparently, yes. The brand owes us an explanation: it should clarify these incidents as soon as possible so as to reassure its users in order to be able to overcome this difficult moment. After this it will have to decide whether to continue working on the Note line under another name (so as to drive away the negative aura that is currently lingering on the Note 7’s body and on the entire line) or whether to concentrate only and exclusively on the success of the Galaxy S line.

Note owners, what is your opinion? Will you wait on the next Note, if there is one? Will you go for a Galaxy S7 Edge or begin to look reluctantly around in search of another feasible alternative to Samsung?

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  • Misha 1 month ago

    After the Note 7 was shelved, I don't believe we have had one report of a Note 7 going up in flames. As you probably know from the blogs, there are still quite a few Note 7s in the field. Why is it that after the Note 7 recall, we had no more reports of the phones going up in flames and taking cars, houses, airplanes, and a puppy or two with them? Is that just a coincidence (now that Google's Pixel line has been released and Apple has made its overtures to the now Noteless7 owners)?

    To my knowledge, Samsung has not been able to recreate this condition in its labs either. ~100 reported cases, 25 or so which could not be verified? Out of 2.5 million devices shipped? .003% of all phones? Funny, how when some people to sign affidavits regarding their exploding Note 7 claims, they start rethinking them. If the Note 7 issues were so widespread, don't you think Samsung could have gotten at least 1 device to ignite? I think Samsung caved too easily on this, likely due to the media pile on.

    You have to wonder if Google and Apple would have gotten the same treatment as Samsung and ended up in the same place. Something tells me the answer is an unequivocal "No." Combine this with what appear to be a healthy number of lofty lapdog reviews of the Pixel phones, which are, all things considered, not bad but certainly not the miracle devices some would have us believe, and I think Samsung got railroaded. On their best day, the Pixel and Pixel XL are 80% of what the S7 and S7 Edge have to offer.

    The media, encouraged by Apple and Google, was far too willing to ring the death bell of the Note 7. Alas, Samsung might have handled the situation better as well, but this whole affair stinks the high heaven. I believe too many people were incented to go along with making the worse out this story and jump on the sky is falling bandwagon.

    Like many others, I would have kept my Note 7, but realized that Verizon or Samsung could easily turn it into a paperweight and there wasn't much I could do to stop it. And of course, some low-level government bureaucrats were likely lining up to put Note 7 owners in the pokey if they caught you with this device while on any form of mass transit.

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  • I still have my Note 7 and will be using a Note 5 in its place until the Note 8. The sad thing is the media (such as you) blew this way out of proportion and hyped the hell out of it. The fact is you are way more likely to die in a car accident than anything happen to your note 7,do the math. So are you going to be encouraging people to give up driving now? Fishy thing is since the recall there's been no more incidents. Sounds off to me

  • I'm one of those who ordered the Note 7 from at&t at the end of August but never received it because of the battery issue , I was actually waiting for replacement, never got it. I am happily waiting for the Note 8 or whatever it is called. There is no other phone like it period.

  • This is exactly my dilemma now. I am a happy owner of a Note 5 with dual sim and I'm a stylus lover. However, my plan will expire this mid December and I have to hunt for a new premium phablet which will come as a loyalty perk.

    My mind was set for a Note 7 but then that's not a choice anymore. The premium phones offered to me now are: S7 and S7 Edge, Huawei P9, Huawei Mate 8, Iphone 7 and 7Plus, Note 5 (still), and Moto Z with Hasselblad camera. All the above sport dualsim which is a must for me but alas no stylus. I'm thinking to go around this conundrum I can replace my mini tablet Samsung TabS 8inch to a Samsung Tab A with Spen. This way I can choose a phone without a Stylus from the above phones I enumerated. I always carry this combo with me - a dualsim phablet phone and an 8inch tablet (for my ebooks and Netflix fix).

    Now my question for you guys as I think this is the perfect venue, which of the above phones will be my best choice to replace my Note 5? I think the S7 edge is great but the Moto Z appeals to me with its Moto Mods like the Hasselblad camera, Projector, and JBL speakers. I know the Hasselblad cam is not too intelligent but I'm in it for the optical zoom and the poor battery problem can be answered by the Extra battery Mod. What do you think? Is this a good choice?

  • I currently have a Note 7 and an S7 Edge until Samsung sort out the Note 7 return debacle in the UK. I loved the Note 7 that ran cold and hate the annoying shite S7 Edge the gets hot and struggles with its 32gb.
    The note 7 worked fast with no issues. The Edge is slow and slow to start, it keeps losing the memory card and it wouldn't work with SmartSwitch either.
    After a week getting used to the S7 edge and sorting around various issues I hate it! I'd rather have risked using my second problem free Note 7 if I could have kept it until the Note 7 replacement arrived.

  • no more Note 7 news because the media outlets like this one and others are laying off of it so the PEOPLE have enough time to forget (damage control) Samsung is the brand of choice.
    They have become in many ways apple. They really should be all about ANDROID. Don't get me wrong I have a note 3 for 4 years or so great phone.

  • I'm an ardent lover of note series. I own note1, note3 and note5. I had preordered note7 and after its debacle and final announcement about stoppage of its production, I felt very bad. I hadn't even taken the preordered amount back yet. I will not settle for anything less than the features that were there in note7. I'll continue to use note5 till another spen phablet hits the market.

  • I will absolutely support a new note wheter a Note 8 or in a disguised name. I agree wit v4bowden4@aol.com the person above and wonder wht we haven t heard of another Note 7 issue since the 2nd recall.

    • There was a Note 8 before. It's an 8inch tablet with Spen which I adore but it was slow and the screen was jurassic. I guess they won't be using the Note 8 name anymore. I am anticipating their next stylus phone or tablet!

  • i still using note 3. wanted a note 7 but bootloader locked that save me from the saga. I will change it for a root able device before the year is over. I will be looking again around not 10 if there is one. :)

  • I love my Note 5, it is by far the best smartphone I've ever owned. I am looking forward to the next gen of Note devices which won't explode in my pocket, I'll continue to support Samsung because they are trustworthy and were proactive in their attempts to repair the doomed Note 7. Hail to the king, baby.

  • Note 4 as been the Best -Note phone released after we got the Best Selling options from Samsung,the removable battery & Micro sd card slot,so consumers didn"t have to worry about there phones batterylife,i just loved carrying spare batteries in my bags or coat pockets.but then Samsung thought they would iPhone users to there phones by not offering these Best Selling options on the Note 5 or Galaxy S6 models,but this totally back-fired on Samsung by making this stupid mistake and the Sales were not so good,but once you get used to the Note screen sizes you want your next phone to offer something similar,so gave the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus a chance,until the Super Galaxy S7 Edge came along

  • About a year ago I bought a second-hand Note 4 (with a spare battery, charging stand, wireless charger and the fantastic smart view cover) and before that I got a Note 10.1 2014 edition tablet, what I'm typing this comment on right now. They're great, guy.
    Despite 'alleged lack of user interest' in a stylus, that's why I first looked at the range (it's brilliant with the Artflow app, especially on the 10.1), but I stayed for a lot of the other features. The displays are great, and the 'one-handed operation' and the smart view cover are very convenient. Coming from a Lumia 1020 I wondered about any drop in camera quality, but I've no complaints so far. I'm no high-productivity businessman (definitely not!) but the split-screen function has been useful to me for sorting certain important notes between Chrome and Onenote. Despite dismissal from writers here on Androidpit, the IR blaster with the Sure remote app is my main means of controlling my tv and set top box. And so on.

    To be frank that's why I wasn't too interested in the Note 7 anyway. Why go after a new version that'll cost me more for fewer features, so soon after buying a Note 4? I'll be interested to see what a potential Note 8 (or whatever they'll call it, if it clashes with the previous tablet. I can see this Note 7 debacle as a chance - or a necessity - to rethink the numbering, if not the branding) can do, or if Samsung have recovered from trying to turn the line into an-iphone-with-a-pen, but I don't know if it'll be likely to tempt me from the Note 4.
    What phone would I move onto? Something with an IR blaster, hopefully, though I realise that's not likely to reappear in smartphones anytime soon. If I have to scare up replacement remotes and go back to carrying a paper sketchbook in my pocket, that'll open up my options. I may stick with Samsung because they do make other decent phones and it's convenient to synch with my Note tablet. But in the other hand, if I had to replace my Note tablet, I'd look long and hard at a Surface and an accompanying pen. That'd throw things a little further in the air.

    • You call the note 7 an i phone with a pen ? In what dream world do u live ? Moron

      • Ralf, What the hell is wrong with you? Why, during an intelligent conversation here on the subject at hand, would you emotionally explode for no reason and call a complete stranger that you know nothing about, a MORON? Totally uncalled for and absolutely inappropriate. Surely, in retrospect, you can see that. Why would you call him that for such a trivial issue as a difference in opinion. It is his opinion - it is not right or wrong. Are you calling him a moron for having an opinion or just that it is different to yours? Are you 8 years old? Do you firmly believe everyone is fully entitled to your opinion and to suck it up? Have you considered, in your quiet time, that 'sometimes', just sometimes, your opinion may not be considered by others to be correct? Please Ralf, unless you can get a handle on your emotional intelligence, please leave the comments section and return after you've matured. P.S: To show you are big enough to realise you made a mistake, an apology to Warren would be a good idea all 'round. What say ye Ralf?

      • How about you mind your own business?

  • Misha 1 month ago Link to comment

    After the Note 7 was shelved, I don't believe we have had one report of a Note 7 going up in flames. As you probably know from the blogs, there are still quite a few Note 7s in the field. Why is it that after the Note 7 recall, we had no more reports of the phones going up in flames and taking cars, houses, airplanes, and a puppy or two with them? Is that just a coincidence (now that Google's Pixel line has been released and Apple has made its overtures to the now Noteless7 owners)?

    To my knowledge, Samsung has not been able to recreate this condition in its labs either. ~100 reported cases, 25 or so which could not be verified? Out of 2.5 million devices shipped? .003% of all phones? Funny, how when some people to sign affidavits regarding their exploding Note 7 claims, they start rethinking them. If the Note 7 issues were so widespread, don't you think Samsung could have gotten at least 1 device to ignite? I think Samsung caved too easily on this, likely due to the media pile on.

    You have to wonder if Google and Apple would have gotten the same treatment as Samsung and ended up in the same place. Something tells me the answer is an unequivocal "No." Combine this with what appear to be a healthy number of lofty lapdog reviews of the Pixel phones, which are, all things considered, not bad but certainly not the miracle devices some would have us believe, and I think Samsung got railroaded. On their best day, the Pixel and Pixel XL are 80% of what the S7 and S7 Edge have to offer.

    The media, encouraged by Apple and Google, was far too willing to ring the death bell of the Note 7. Alas, Samsung might have handled the situation better as well, but this whole affair stinks the high heaven. I believe too many people were incented to go along with making the worse out this story and jump on the sky is falling bandwagon.

    Like many others, I would have kept my Note 7, but realized that Verizon or Samsung could easily turn it into a paperweight and there wasn't much I could do to stop it. And of course, some low-level government bureaucrats were likely lining up to put Note 7 owners in the pokey if they caught you with this device while on any form of mass transit.

    • Well said. I have my suspicion to that the number and timing of these incidents smell very fishy. In my opinion Apple and Google have seen the sucsess of the galaxy s7 and s7 edge and have worked there MAGIC to prevent further sale's decline. Just look @ the pixel phone. If that doesn't look like a collaboration, then I don't know. Haters on corporate level. Trump style !

    • Shit very very good point I want my note7 back right now, I for one know 2 guys who refuse to hand theirs over and yet nothing has happened to their phones begs to wonder why the he'll did let my bad ass note7 go. It never gave me any issues I don't mind this gs7e but it's far from coming close to a note7 . More like a cousin 2 twice removed and living on the other side of the world sorry note7 was the phone for me .

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