Samsung had to kill the Note 7 after a second worldwide recall was initiated and that has cost the South Korean giant quite dearly. Apart from the billions of dollars that Samsung had to shell out in order to recall all the Note 7 smartphones and refund its customers, there is no telling how much this incident will hamper Samsung's business in the long run. According to Ming-Chi Kuo from KGI Market analyst firm, Samsung may lose as much as 5 to 7 million customers to Apple's iPhone 7 in the remainder of this year alone.
About 12 million units of the Note 7 were ordered and since each and every one of those customers will now have to opt for another smartphone, the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are lucrative alternatives for them. The iPhone 7 Plus in particular will appeal to most of the ex-Note 7 customers, due to its large display, dual rear camera setup and a price tag that's quite similar to the Note 7. A portion of the remaining customers will of course stay loyal to Samsung by choosing the Galaxy S7 Edge or some other Samsung device. Other contenders for the sales gap created by the untimely death of the Note 7 are mainly the Google Pixel XL and the LG V20. We are not entirely sure about the report, but only time will tell if the Note 7 disaster is enough to make so many people change loyalties.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
According to a report by The Wall Street Journal, Vice-Chairman Lee Jae-yong of Samsung has mentioned that the S8 will feature an "improved camera" as well as a "slick design." While this certainly doesn't say anything significant about the device to be honest, it just goes to show that Samsung is now trying to center media attention towards the Galaxy S8 and away from the Note 7.
As Lee Jae-yong specifically mentioned the camera of the upcoming Galaxy S8, it could indicate that Samsung might really be opting for a dual camera setup this time around. If the rumors are true, then one 16-megapixel sensor and one 8-megapixel sensor will be embedded in a single rear mounted module.
The slick design mentioned by the soon to be Chairman of Samsung on the other hand, could point to the "full-screen" display that we have only heard about via rumors so far. However, it's worth mentioning that Xiaomi has already beaten Samsung to it with the beautiful Mi Mix, when it comes to the all-screen display. Let's see if Samsung can top that at the MWC, 2017 next year in February.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
As reported earlier, YouTuber JerryRigEverything has posted a video on YouTube that clearly showed the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection failing the scratch test usually performed by him on all popular smartphones. When we say "failing," what we mean is that it turned out to be significantly less scratch-resistant than the older Gorilla Glass 4. If you have not checked it out already, take a look at the video below to see what we are talking about.
In their defence, Corning has put forward a few arguments in their interview with Android Authority. They pointed out that the Mohs hardness picks were used in an "uncontrolled manner" and the loads on the picks used by the YouTuber were not monitored. According to the company, the video is invalid as the damages seen on the Note 7 were a result of metallic transfer, a phenomenon which transfers a softer material onto a harder one, after the two come in friction with each other. To be honest, we just think that Corning Gorilla Glass 5 lost its scratch resistance to a good degree, in order to provide for shatter proofing.