Samsung Galaxy Note 9 a Far Cry From Explosive Predecessors
The best part about the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 isn't it's beautiful screen, sleek aesthetic, or powerhouse processor - it's how far it has distanced itself from the Galaxy Note 7. Much to the South Korean tech giant's dismay, we all remember two summers ago when you couldn't read a single publication without a headline that another Galaxy Note 7 had 'exploded' - read spontaneous combustion.
However, the silver lining revealed itself as a very unique opportunity for Samsung. After four months of problems with the Note 7 Dj Koh, Samsung's mobile chief gave a 50-minute presentation on the findings and reports as to what was going on. He concluded that the batteries were manufactured incorrectly and Samsung then rolled out an initiative to be one of the safest tech companies in the world by rolling out an 8-point safety check on phones going forward. (It's also worth mentioning that Samsung has deleted the video tour for some reason, but the website lives on.)
Koh also gave a sincere apology that felt as earnest as intended.
"First of all, I deeply apologize to all of our customers, carriers, retail, and distribution partners," Koh told the room before the presentation started. "We believe that, as a first step to regain your trust, it is important to provide you with a thorough understanding of the cause behind the Galaxy Note 7 incidents and to implement a comprehensive plan to take preventative measures."
Fast forward to today and the Galaxy Note 9 is here in all its glory.
Samsung is showing off one of it's best phones yet, immediately pointing to a huge battery a selling point. It will also have 512 GB capabilities, a new dual-aperture camera, and a banana-yellow S Pen. It will probably push into the $1,000 much like the Note 8 and iPhone X have.
It's hard to argue that Samsung hasn't learned their lesson, although it would be nice to see innovation as the main priority again. They are still sporting a headphone jack and haven't caved to the notch, but there really is not a huge amount of draw to the Note 9 like it has been in previous years. Slow Galaxy S9 sales have put Samsung in a pinch as well. And yes, we are hearing rumors of a foldable screen but that seems less and less tangible as the days go on.