Samsung Galaxy Note 8
A Samsung Electronics' Galaxy Note 7 is seen at the company's headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, October 10, 2016. Reuters/Kim Hong-Ji

While the word waits for Galaxy S8, there is another device from the South Korean tech giant that is gaining a lot of attention. It’s none other than the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, successor to the Galaxy Note 7, that raised a storm, not for the right reasons. Some reports are claiming that the company has codenamed the Note 7 successor as “Great.”

It’s definitely an interesting choice of name by Samsung, which sets a positive tone to the Note 8’s build-up to release. It shows the confidence the company has in its Note line of devices. The “Great” codename has been reported by SamMobile. The company’s mobile chief D.J. Koh had earlier revealed that Samsung will bounce right back into the competition with “a better, safer and very innovative Note 8.” There were reports on how Samsung has tackled the battery issue with Note 7.

For Samsung Galaxy Note 8, the company will reportedly follow an eight-point battery check and it has a team of third-party advisers. The smartphone will have a delayed release because the company is ensuring that the batteries work fine this time. Moreover, Samsung is busy as the release date of the Galaxy S8 is right round the corner. The smartphone is being touted as the bad omen breaker for Samsung. The device could have the same iris-scanning biometric technology as in Galaxy Note 7.

An unnamed Samsung executive told Business Korea in January that Samsung will introduce 2K resolution displays in the Galaxy S8 and 4K resolution displays in the Galaxy Note 8 for VR compatibility. The device may also connect with new Gear VR wearable. The 4K display prototype was first revealed in May 2016 at the SID Display Week conference. Many tech enthusiasts believe that Samsung will be making the same design changes in Galaxy Note 8 as in the Galaxy S8.

This means a bigger, taller screen, fingerprint scanner moved to the rear and no Home button for the Samsung Galaxy Note 8. According to PC Advisor, the most-likely release date of the handset is August 2017, though this is arguable. Android Nougat, TouchWiz and the brand-new Bixby AI assistant will most-likely be included in the Note 8. The device has to pull out all the stops to make people forget about the Galaxy Note 7 disaster. Of course, Galaxy S8 will help, but it may not be sufficient. Stay tuned on IBT AU for more information on Samsung devices.