Samsung Electronics unveils Galaxy Note 8

Samsung Electronics unveiled the Galaxy Note 8 series of mobile devices in New York, as the South Korean manufacturer aims to recover from a spate of battery fires that plagued its predecessor model last summer.

At an event to introduce the Galaxy Note 8 in New York, Koh Dong-jin, head of Samsung’s mobile communications business, said the company will never forget what happened last year and make sure it never happens again.

The battery problems forced Samsung to halt sales of the Galaxy Note 7 after about two months and to recall more than 2.5 million devices worldwide. The fires badly damaged the Samsung brand.

The Galaxy Note 8 has a 6.3-inch organic light-emitting diode screen, compared with 5.7 inches for the previous model. The stylus function, which is a feature of the Note series, is smoother.

The Galaxy Note 8 has new functions, such as the ability to blur out the background in photos using the dual-lens camera.

Critics complain, however, that it lacks novelty. This may be because the gadget maker has decided to focus on quality control, rather than new technology, in response to the battery problem. In the U.S., Samsung will start taking orders for the Galaxy Note 8 on Thursday, with the release date set for Sept. 15.

This fall, Apple plans to release its iPhone 8, which will mark the 10th anniversary of the first iPhone. Some market watchers predict the new handset will have significantly enhanced features.

Chinese manufacturers, which offer less expensive smartphones with advanced features, are gaining ground in emerging markets. Amid intensifying competition, Samsung hopes to increase its share of the business market with the Galaxy Note 8.

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