When Samsung annouced the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge at the MWC 2015, Everyone expected "MAD" sales records for both devices. Analysts are expecting that Samsung will break all records with these two new flagships. Forecasts predicted this year's sales record at 38 million, but then a Citibank analysts pushed them up to 46 million.
The two flagships will go on sale in April and in that first quarter of availability they are expected to reach 22.2 million sales. Samsung has previously revealed that carriers had pre-ordered 20 million units. We hope Samsung break the record again this year.
Even though it is still a mystery as to why many of the Galaxy Note 7 units started to catch fire, there is a rumor which is indicating that the Korean giant may start selling refurbished versions of the Note 7 in 2017. According to the same source, these "refurbished" devices will be sold in India and Vietnam to make for some of the money that Samsung lost during the entire Note 7 episode. In my opinion, that's absolute hogwash because of the following reasons.
1. Samsung cares about its reputation and they are not going to let their already tarnished reputation get any worse by pulling such a dirty move.
2. They have completely discontinued their entire Note 7 production line-up. The Galaxy S8, as well as the Note 8 will be taking up all the attention, time and care that their production departments can offer to ensure safe and successful launches for both the upcoming phones.
3. The rumor which I found on a popular site refers to a source article that was published on September 26, while the Note 7 was officially announced as being discontinued on October 11 (approximately). Therefore, the rumor is probably based on an outdated piece of news and is therefore invalid.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Samsung has a lot riding on the Galaxy Note 8 as it will be the company's first Note device to hit shelves across the globe after the Galaxy Note 7 disaster and everything that followed. It's true that the Note FE was previously released in small quantities in some very select regions, but that's just the rebranded Galaxy Note 7 with a smaller battery. As we are now less than two weeks from the Note 8's launch date on August 23, sources have revealed how Samsung will go about selling it.
The new Note will be unveiled on August 23rd at an exclusive Samsung event in New York. The pre-order windows will open a week after that on September 1st in South Korea and it will remain open till September 10. After that will come the day of the grand release, which is reportedly set on September 15th. However, it is unclear whether this date is exclusive to South Korea or some other regions as well. Whatever the case is, we are pretty sure that the Note 8 will be hitting the US in roughly the same time. After the overwhelming response which Samsung received after they opened up pre-orders for the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus, all carriers in Korea are hopeful that the Note 8 will even surpass that.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
A new Samsung smartphone is coming to the Indian market, as made obvious by the company's latest teaser on Amazon India and it will definitely carry the moniker "Star." Whether it will be called Galaxy A8 Star or Galaxy A9 Star is something that remains to be seen, because the same smartphone is known as A9 Star in China, but as A8 Star in all other markets. Now the real question is, will Indians be buying this smartphone in enough quantities to justify the launch?
Samsung has not been doing particularly well recently in the country due to the presence of its Chinese rival Xiaomi and their ridiculously cheap but better alternatives to Samsung's smartphones in the low-mid to mid-range segments. Even as Samsung prepares to launch the sleek looking device for around INR 30,000 (the exact price has not yet been revealed) or $430, Xiaomi has already launched the Pocophone F1 in India for a ridiculous starting price of only INR 21,000 ($300 approximately). Considering that the Pocophone F1 will sport a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, at least 6GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage for that price, it isn't looking particularly good for the Galaxy A8 Star, which is not only at least INR 10,000 ($143 approximately) more expensive than the Pocophone F1, but also sports a much weaker Snapdragon 660 SoC and just 4GB of RAM. Although the battery is a big one in the A8/A9 Star at 3,700mAh, it pales against the competition's 4,000mAh battery. The only advantage that Samsung has over Xiaomi is the "brand" factor, which matters in India because smartphones are seen as status symbols in the country for some reason!