Here is why Samsung made the Galaxy Note Fan Edition

Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 was an ill-fortuned device with a faulty battery that caused multiple devices to explode and it all ended up in a total recall for the Note 7 series, but not too long ago, nearly a year after that unfortunate Note 7 release, Samsung brought back basically the same device and called it the Galaxy Note Fan Edition.

But WHY did it launch the Note Fan Edition, mere weeks before the launch of the new and more powerful Galaxy Note 8?

First, one has to understand the whole decision-making process at Samsung following the faulty battery of the Note 7.

“I have been frequently asked about the possibility of abandoning the brand. But we cannot give up on a brand that has been nurtured for years and has loyal customers,” Samsung mobile chief DJ Koh said. “Some of our rivals were initially skeptical about the bigger-screen concept, but now they are following us with their own phablet models. We will continue to lead the segment.”

So it was this vector of thinking that led to the Galaxy Note Fan Edition.

So there you have it: Samsung proved a point with the Note Fan Edition, and the point was that it had checked carefully the reason why batteries failed and now it wanted to confirm that it has the new rigorous testing and safety procedures and it can make the same phone work safely. Of course, if you want its latest and greatest (and are willing to spend a whopping $930), you should be looking at the new Galaxy Note 8.



1. gigicoaste

Posts: 457; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

"if you want its latest and greatest (and are willing to spend a whopping $930)" well.. since Iphone will be much more expensive for almost same hardware.. I will have to stay with Note8!

3. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

S8+ is a better bang for the buck for those who doesn't frequently use the spen and doesnt need the dual camera setup. It's $300 less from the N8 but with better battery, better ergonomics and similar display. You don't use the pen 99% of the time but the battery is what you use 100% everytime.

4. maherk

Posts: 6960; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I agree that the S8+ is a better deal than the Note 8, and better is an understatement. But the Note 8 has the better grip out of the two, and even as someone who doesn't need an S-pen on my phone, I used to find myself using the S-pen a lot when I had my Note phones. It's an exaggeration to say that people don't use their S-pen 99% of the time. My sister is a graphic designer, and she still has the Note 5 because she needs the S-pen, ever since she got her first Note(it was the Note 2), she upgraded every year to the newest Note and never looked in the market for another phone. But back to the main point, yeah the pricing is terrible. Here in Lebanon it was confirmed that it will cost $1000 at launch day, and keep in mind that the average salary here is around $430 per month.

6. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Grip is a personal experience, it differs with each person. What I'm trying to say is that not all new shinies are better.

7. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

People do not use the S-Pen 99% of the time? Says who? Which dataor survey or statistics says that? Or is it an obligation that a feature must have usage of 99% in order to become a useful feature? The S-Pen comes in handy in time of need. Usage percentage of a stylus depends on the user of the handset. Nothing else.

10. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Its an obligation all right. A toned down battery compared to it's predecessors, Note7 and S8+, a better battery life is a feature you use 100% of the time. Same as AMOLED display, radio, latest OS, faster SoCs, these are features that we use 100% of the time. Other features that have a less usage on a specific user will be considered as gimmicks. A music lover will not find the SPen of much use but an artist will. Depends. But not all the general users are jotters. Most are tappers. You can still call, text, play games, listen to music, browse the web, look for food, pay wirelessly all that jazz you can do without the SPen on the Note. You don't even need to lock/unlock your Note using the SPen. I can't even see a niche use for that feature. S8+ is still a better option than the Note 8.

9. maherk

Posts: 6960; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

All reviewers are saying the same thing about the Note 8's grip. And I agree, new doesn't always mean better, but I'm just going with what I've been reading so far.

18. skyline88

Posts: 698; Member since: Jul 15, 2013

S8 could be had for as low as 600 USD in my region, as compared to 750 USD during launching.

12. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Almost the same hardware? That gap from being almost the same is huge and always will be. The iPhone can only dream of being as good as the Galaxy S, so it has zero chance with the Note.

2. Obádárà

Posts: 218; Member since: Nov 02, 2015


11. chocowii

Posts: 478; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

Yes leader. Samsung has dual cam setup before it was cool, yeah right. Segment leader it is.

5. pixel_ftw

Posts: 84; Member since: Jun 19, 2017

They want to recover some money they lost during note 7 fire/smoke storm. That is the truth. It is all about money.

8. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Because there were many unused components which were delivered to Samsung for the Note7... Samsung had to then make a Note FE otherwise they'll lose money from the unused components they bought. Wouldn't you do the same if you owned a business?

13. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Samsung makes their own parts. The fact is when they halted production, that also halted production for the components. For parts they get 3rd party, the few Note they will sell of the Note 7, won;t cover those costs. The fact is, SDi will have to compensate Samsung for loses due to their batteries. Samsung Electronics is not responsible for the batteries even though they own SDI. Each Samsung company is responsible for its own products. Samsung only lost a total of about $5billion, selling a few Note 7's isn't gonna cover that. Increasing the S8 and Note 8 costs and getting what compensation it got from SDI is how it was covered. With Samsung profits last year, the Note 7 issue is a total write-off for the company. The fact is and the point is simple, you can't lose something you never got to begin with. Samsung didn't lose $5Billion, because they never even made it. What they lost was the potential to make that on more on Note 7 sales.

14. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Sorry, but I learnt that the real problem was the internal design if the Note7 which left insufficient room for the 3,500mAh battery... It had really nothing to do with the battery from SDI.

20. jacky899

Posts: 431; Member since: May 16, 2017

So true. Samsung keeps blaming the battery using the battery manufacturer as the scapegoat when in fact it was because their design did not allow enough room for the battery.

15. epdm2be

Posts: 824; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

This is the typical BS propaganda which explains nothing. "..But we cannot give up on a brand that has been nurtured for years and has loyal customers..." First of all we, customers, don't ask you to give up "on a brand". Secondly "Note" isn't the brand but a product-line. "Samsung" is the brand. The REAL reason why the are selling "refurbished" Note 7's is simple. Due to the recall they had an immense stock of Note 7's. By investing a little money into a smaller but perhaps better battery, they are able to recuperate some o/t loss. "... It was not about money,..." Yes, this IS about the money. It ALWAYS is about the money. This has noting to do with caring for consumers or giving up on a "brand". But as usual a company issues some bs-reason (AKA propaganda) to justify themselves for their greed. After the S5 I won't buy a Samsung again. Not just phones but also NO Samsung TV's, Blu-Ray/DVD-players, washing-machines, computer-parts (e.g. optical drives etc...) or any other Samsung product. I'm done with them.

16. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

"First of all we, customers, don't ask you to give up "on a brand". Secondly"Note" isn't the brand but a product-line. "Samsung" is the brand." What? Galaxy Note® is a registered trademark, so it's a brand of a product line created by Samsung!

17. truthbetold

Posts: 42; Member since: Oct 16, 2015

I just find it funny (and somewhat devious) that they are not calling a spade a spade and market the device as FACTORY REFURBISHED Note 7. But noo... Fan Edition makes it sound cool, and justifies a higher asking price.

19. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

The Note FE isn't necessarily a factory refurbished Note7, because there were many unused components for the manufacturing of Note7 when the fire issue began. I'm sure the Note FE has a brand new and unused components... That isn't factory refurbished.

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