Samsung may put a lot of R&D projects on the backburner because of Note 7

Samsung may put a lot of R&D projects on the backburner because of Note 7
Samsung's sprawling conglomerate is into a lot of things - from finance and insurance, through amusement parks, to, yes, some phone making - and does try to develop a lot of new technology to enter new markets all the time. The company spent over $14 billion in R&D last year alone, making it the biggest R&D spender in the world of tech, and the second-largest globally after VW.

The two Note 7 recalls, however, will put a big dent in Samsung's R&D spending going forward, ans some project it is working on will delayed or scrapped altogether - developing batteries for electric cars springs to mind at least, as Samsung SDI's credibility in battery-making is pretty harmed at that point. Moreover, there are technologies and services developed specifically for the Note 7 that will now be put on the backburner, like the iris recognition financial security tech, or Samsung Cloud - some of the largest Korean banks already included iris scanning as a viable biometric security authorization in their transactions, for instance, but it's all up in the air now. 

Moving down to accessories, the Gear VR 2016 edition that was supposed to work with the Note 7 lost its sidekick, although it is backwards compatible with other Samsung phones within the Note and Galaxy series, too, via a microUSB adapter. In short, there will be some impact and reshuffling for promising projects all around Samsung, during times when a successful launch of a unique concept, like the rumored foldable phone, could be just the right thing to get Samsung out of the brand damage doldrums.

Related phones

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. Kumar123 unregistered

The curse of Note 6.

2. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Not a big deal IMO. Find the 'cause of the Note 7's C4 feature, eliminate it and release the same top notch hardware design with latest chipset and Android OS (with Grace UI feature-pack), and perhaps a whole new brand name. I'd gladly pick up the Exynos variant. Besides the battery problem, it still remains the most intriguing Smartphone for me...unless Someone surpasses its hardware and software feature pack.

3. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

still not tired making note7 news? what about some news update about "google target selling 3-4 millions of pixel by end of this year", "SD830 come in 2 varians", "LeEco US launch at 19th", "Helio X30 will be the first 10nm processor released" or other news that already all over other tech site, but not here

11. spiderpig2894

Posts: 597; Member since: Jan 10, 2012

And the test by GSMA that iPhone 7/+ 32GB have super slow R/W speeds.

12. Unordinary unregistered

Go to another site if its getting your panties in a bunch.

4. wando77

Posts: 1168; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

Fix and release it again under a different name. I still want what was the phone of the year without doubt. And there is no reason why iris scanning won't be in the s8 so can it iphonearena

5. Harambe unregistered

They did zero R&D for the S7 and note 7. Better put that saved money into further R&D.

6. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Tyrion, since you sound very sure of that, mind sharing your informative explanation of how they got the best Smartphone display and camera, great battery life, and managed to fit a 5.7" display + bigger battery + multiple other hardware in a device smaller that many 5.5" Smartphones, all of that with little or no R&D costs? OnePlus would have no reason not to incorporate all of that in the OnePlus 4 if it's really that cheap to do or free for that matter...

9. Harambe unregistered

They already had the best display in the S6 generation. Curved display also was done with S6 edge( narrowest 5.1" display ever) I don't see anything new done this year by Samsung, except that dual pixel tech maybe. But that does more damage than good. Let me compare that to their 2015 generation: 1. First 5,1" QHD AMOLED, 2. First curved AMOLED display 3. Best display which is perfect in sRGB calibration and 600 nits at 100% APL 4, First 14 nm phone 5. First phone with LPDDR4 6. First phone with UFS storage. and the list goes on.. The 2015 lineup was a LOT more innovative than 2016.

7. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

If you said they spent no R&D only on the battery I'd agree with you.

15. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Yes they did, military type

8. LanjaKodaka

Posts: 219; Member since: Sep 27, 2016

Stupid company is only interested in people's money. Once the device is out in the market they dont even support it properly. Some may say it will receive software updates and patches! But its only for the first year and after that its a junk to carry around.

10. iushnt

Posts: 3160; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Lol..are you sure?

14. LanjaKodaka

Posts: 219; Member since: Sep 27, 2016

Arent you sure ? My friend's S6 is performing like ****. You probably didnt have a bad experience with Samsung aftersales software support.

13. rishav20193

Posts: 243; Member since: Jul 18, 2015

I dont think this will happen at all........note 7 issue isn't the end of the world for samsung & people will forget it eventually. but scrapping existing research project bcoz of note 7 doesnt make any sense.........infact they should spend money on R&D and bring new features to new phones next year.....& make it perfect & compensate for note 7 issue !!

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