There’s been a lot of uncertainty on the future of the Phablet, but Samsung has already all-but confirmed it will be back in 2017 bigger and better. This fuels the speculation that Samsung intends on doing something really big, and in essence, they don’t have a choice. With the Galaxy Note 8 looking to be the next edition of the Phablet, new rumors are coming in on an earlier than expected launch.
Predicting the launch of many flagship smartphones is typically easy as they center on an annual launch cycle. This could be changing as Samsung is looking to move up the production of the Galaxy Note 8 to try and dispel any bad taste consumers have in their mouths with the Note 7, not to mention the millions of lost revenues.
New rumors are coming on suggesting the Galaxy Note 8 could launch worldwide as early as May of 2017. This would be huge and a change of pace as Samsung typically launches their newest edition of the Phablet in September or October. A May launch for the Note 8 could come about two months after the Galaxy S8 which is garnering a lot of attention with only a few months to go.
Samsung has closed their investigation on the Note 7, but they have yet to release their findings to the public. A 3rd party investigator has said that the reason for the issues concerning the Note 7 battery was due to there not being enough room in the battery housing for the cell. This inevitably caused the explosions, or spontaneous combustion due to extreme pressure within the battery housing.
New leaks suggest Samsung and LG are working on a partnership and is 90% from finalizing a new deal. The partnership would have LG creating the batteries and LCD displays for future devices which could be seen as early as the Note 8. This probably won’t be the case if the Note 8 launches in May due to it taking about 6 months for the production process of the battery itself.
With this in-mind, we’re not buying the rumors on a May release as Samsung has everything riding on the Galaxy Note 8, and if something goes wrong it may not only signify the end of the Phablet, but Samsung as well.