It is clear that Samsung wants to leave the Galaxy Note 7 fiasco in the rear-view mirror – it’s not like the company loves to remember the defective batteries that led to the phone’s multiple recalls. At the same time, it seems as if Samsung wants former Galaxy Note 7 owners to have faith and pick up the newly-announced Galaxy Note 8, which is likely why those owners will be given a potentially significant discount off the new phablet.
Samsung’s olive branch is relatively straightforward: former Galaxy Note 7 owners can trade in their current phones and get up to $425 off the Galaxy Note 8 once pre-orders for the latter kick off on August 24. The instant discount offer will be made through Samsung’s website, though we are interested to learn how Samsung will parse out those former Galaxy Note 7 owners.
As a quick recap, the Galaxy Note 8 features a 6.3-inch QHD+ AMOLED display with an 18.5:9 aspect ratio, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 processor, 6 GB of RAM, and dual rear cameras with optical image stabilization for both sensors.
This is certainly a gesture of good faith from a company whose reputation took a hit with the Galaxy Note 7. After the phone’s initial recall, folks found that even the replacement devices had defective batteries that let to overheating and various incidents. In total, the fiasco cost Samsung billions of dollars in lost sales, though the company started to bounce back with the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus earlier this year. If things go Samsung’s way on the inside, the Galaxy Note 8 should help the company further accomplish some measure of redemption.