Galaxy Note 8 will not repeat the disastrous fate of the Note 7, and here's why

The Galaxy Note 8's announcement is slowly approaching. Samsung will pull the veil off its new 'phablet' on August 23, in front of what we imagine is going to be quite a formidable audience. And with that, we can't help but think back to the unfortunate events that followed the Note 7's release last year. While it does feel like the fiery saga that ultimately led to a couple of embarrassing recalls is now officially behind us, we would be surprised if at least some of the consumers interested in the Note 8 don't happen to reminisce about the Note 7 disaster prior to hitting that Buy button. The concern would be something along the lines of: "Could it happen again?" or "Will it be truly safe to buy this phone? I don't want to find my house burned down..."

Such concerns would be, of course, fully expected and justified, considering history. But, we actually have all the reasons to believe that, in this case, history will not repeat itself. The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 was a defective and dangerous product, but the Galaxy Note 8 should be perfectly safe, just like all other Samsung products around us. Here are four big reasons why the Note 8 should not explode:

1. Samsung's new 8-point battery safety test

Following the Note 7 fiasco, Samsung wisely decided to take its battery safety check procedure to the next level. It now includes a total of 8 tests, designed to ensure the short- and long-term operation safety of the juicer. This 8-point system includes physical examination by a specialist and by X-ray, standard durability testing, charge and discharge cycling, volatile compound leakage checks, battery disassembly, unexpected voltage change detection, and a new "accelerated usage test" which attempts to simulate the behavior of the battery after two weeks of actual usage, in just a few days.

According to Samsung, such a system would have allowed it to detect the quality issues which led to the Note 7 catching fire. And while it's normal for some to still have their doubts, we're willing to believe Samsung has finally learned its lesson.

2. The Galaxy Note 8 will be a much bigger phone

Judging by all the leaked information, and as demonstrated by our preliminary Galaxy Note 8 size comparison, the Note 8 will be a huge device. Much bigger than the Note 7! Now, why is this important? Well, part of the reason why the Note 7's faulty battery started showing its faults was the cramped space in which Samsung's engineers attempted to fit it. The Note 7 was a remarkably compact phone, yes, but to achieve that, everything inside it was so tightly put together, it made it go 'boom, boom!' Sort of like the Big Bang, but the actual one, not the geek fest.

READ MORE: Samsung Galaxy Note 8 rumor review: specs, price and release date

Now take a look at the size comparison above; what do you see? That's right – the Note 7 looks like a little boy (did we just assume the Note's gender here?) compared to the Note 8, and while the larger (mostly taller) display, could easily justify the growth in footprint, leaked data also points at a thicker profile. To summarize, the Note 8 will grow in every direction, while we know that most of the internals inside will not grow (the tendency for logic boards and chipsets is to actually become smaller). With this in mind, we would guess things on the inside of the new smartphone will feel much much more spacious, with larger distances between certain components. And while a bigger device would usually lead us to expect a bigger battery as well, take a look at this...

3. The Galaxy Note 8's battery will be SMALLER than that of the Note 7

It's obvious what's going on here: Samsung isn't willing to risk it even the smallest bit. And if we were Samsung, we'd have probably felt the same. If this was Samsung of 2015/2016, we're sure the battery pack inside the massive Note 8 would have been closing in on the 4000 mAh mark, but again, because of history, Samsung is taking the ultra-safe approach by actually shrinking the Note 7's 3500 mAh juicer down to 3300 mAh. You know what they say: the smaller the battery, the smaller the explosion!

So what does that mean? Well, it means space inside the Galaxy Note 8 will be bigger and emptier, and the battery inside will be of smaller capacity and most probably dimensions as well, to avoid unnecessary contacts and pressures. As consumers, we can't say that we're happy about this development: the Note 8 will have a considerably larger display than the Note 7, and with a smaller juicer, the battery life will probably take a hit, rather than a boost. In our preliminary Galaxy Note 8 specs review, we calculated that Samsung's next big thing will probably last for slightly less than 8 hours on the PA Battery Life test. And while such stamina should be enough for a good day of moderate usage, it'll obviously not impress in any way. Oh well, at least she's not gonna blow!

4. Samsung will put extra care in ensuring the Note 8's safety

We mentioned the 8-point battery safety system, which Samsung now has in place for all of its smartphones, and we talked about the roomier dimensions of the Note 8, as well as its more conservative battery design. What we'd also like to suggest here is that Samsung has been extra careful when designing and testing its new Note. The battery safety program is good to have, but it applies to all of the company's phones, including the Galaxy S series, and this one never blew up. The Note 7 did blow up, however, so we're certain in this: all Samsung Mobile executives and engineers will be involved in making sure everything goes according to plan with the Note 8. There will hardly be room for any error.

Many people wondered why Samsung is bothering at all with the release of the Note FE, just weeks before the Note 8 announcement. Our guess? To prove it can make a Note 7 that doesn't explode. So now that the Note Fan Edition has been out there for a while, with no reports of any accidents, we can be much more confident that the company's efforts towards better safety and reliability are yielding results.

Related phones

Galaxy Note 8
  • Display 6.3" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2350 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3300 mAh(22h talk time)
Galaxy Note 7
  • Display 5.7" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core, 2150 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3500 mAh



1. Ninetysix

Posts: 2966; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Nice! Crossing my fingers they learned something from the Note 7 recalls (2x) and Note 4 recall.

4. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

S8's battery won't catch fire even if you stab it.. (just like G6's battery) It's a really old video that get posted several times in comment section, but iPhonearena won't bother to write article about it for obvious reason

10. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Like a sleazy hooker with its main client, iPA well do anything to stay on Apple's good side.

15. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

You don't say!

38. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Well, PhoneArena has gone down 680 positions in global Alexa ranking, down from 2818th to 3498th and the Internet traffic is in constant decline since October-2016. That's a HUGE step back, I'd say! I sincerely hope that Apple is sufficiently funding them... Oh well, G'Day!

44. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

We will soon be reading, PhoneArena is closing its doors. Or we load phoneareana dot com and see this:

54. HansP

Posts: 542; Member since: Oct 16, 2011

Gadget blogging is dying, in general. People are getting bored with troll write-ups trolling for troll comments. We've got Breitbart and Trump tweets for that fix these days.

13. iushnt

Posts: 3160; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

That's great move by Samsung regarding Note 4 battery recall (not Note 4 recall) which only affected some AT&T units even though it's someone else's fault. Did you even read the article or just read the heading? Like any typical blind Apple fanboy, clueless but over-confident.

19. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

The note 4 recall is on ATT for putting cheap batteries in refurbished phones.

51. M.O.A.B

Posts: 322; Member since: Feb 13, 2015

i bet he just read the title of that article and rushed to post it here, the detail you mentioned is in the absolutely second paragraph in sammobile's article. i think he wishes he never posted that haha he just embarrassed himself

23. cmdacos

Posts: 4334; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Reading and comprehending is very difficult for you I see. Makes sense why you choose your preferred phone OEM.

24. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

"It covers Galaxy Note 4 units that went through AT&T’s refurbishing process"

30. cmdacos

Posts: 4334; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Super but my post is for the OP. Not you.

33. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

"You know what they say: the smaller the battery, the smaller the explosion!" LOLZZZZZ

35. Tipus

Posts: 908; Member since: Sep 30, 2016

The smaller the brain , the dumber the troll. Lolzzz :))

45. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Well trolls have big brains too. Its just the part of the brain that controls though, is about the size of a pea. Much like this animal: T. rex's brain was larger than the human brain, but the cerebrum (the part of the brain that we use to think) was tiny. T. rex's brain was long and almost cylindrical in shape. Only very advanced theropods, like the dromaeosaurid dinosaurs (for example, Deinonychus and Velociraptor), were probably smarter than T. rex.

43. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Samsung has nothign to do with the Note 4. This was whoever ATT used to refurbish phones sent in from their insurance, not using original batteries. Learn to read. Also Samsung didn't really need to learn anything because they've never had a phone with this issue before it. So really they didnt need to do anything different. This new battery test is mostly to please loosers like you who saying maybe they aren't doing enough, when its obvious they had been because its never happened before. Samsung stated they tried ot be a big agressive with the Note 7 design. So now they are being less aggressive and of course peoeple makign a big dela sayign th ebatteries are smaller. Well would you wnat them bigger and blowing up? No so I dont see hwat the problem is. But of course, people like you will find one. I had purchased 6 total Note 7's and not one gave me an issue. NOT ONE! And out of 5M produced, only 64 actually caught fire. And the fact the iPhone 6's all 4 of them, have a 62% failure rate on a phone where all 4 models together have sold over 300M phones. Its takes all of Samsung phones combines with all selling models to just have a 47% failure rate vs the iPhone with a 62% with just 2 models and 4 phones. Think about it. @ phone models in 2 years have a higher failure rate than all Samsung phones combined and sold in a year. This is the kind of stuff PA won't talk about while they take every opportunity to talk about the Note 7. Thsi article doesn't tell us anythign we don't know and what Samsung already did with the S8. So it doesn't even need to be repeated. I don't see them repeating that article on the iPhone 62% failure rate. Just showing how bias the writers are. Just like the Note 7 had zero effect on Samsung sales, the iPhone 4 issues, the 5S issue, the 6 issue and the 7 issues, hasn't stop people from buying them. Move on PA! Stop regurgitating the food you just swallowed

47. Ninetysix

Posts: 2966; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Note 7 had a 200% failure rate broski. No smartphone will top that in smartphone history. BTW, iOS is now up to 68% failure rate and Android at 50%. Nobody should be using any smartphone running iOS or Android if their "failure rate" are these high.

2. Tabby_Tiger

Posts: 305; Member since: Jan 23, 2017

No new information here!

3. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

They need to change its release date since all the world will focus on the new iPhone and will forget this Note except if it explodes.

6. Atrixboyyy

Posts: 619; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

I'm convinced you have Apple anal beads.

22. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

It's not beads they wish they had ;) They want those shiny new free iphones that apple sends them free as long as they post negative reviews about Samsung.

8. maple_mak

Posts: 953; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

Read the comment #4.

20. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

God you need a brain

25. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Only you fanboys with apple up your azz

27. tedkord

Posts: 17481; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

The world will have all the reviews naming it the best large phone there is, just like happened with the S8/S8+, Note 7, S7/Edge, Note 5, S6/Edge, Note 4...

36. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

Tedkord is living in lala land.

37. maherk

Posts: 7029; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Flash living in his momma's basement

41. darkkjedii

Posts: 31658; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

LMAOOOOO! His mom's name is Lala.

49. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

No mercy for you today! -Mxy's momma

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