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Week 41 in review: Note7 is no more

You don’t need to be following the tech scene from up close to know that Samsung officially discontinued sale and production of the Galaxy Note7 smartphone globally – major mainstream news outlets covered the story as well.

Announced on Monday, the Note7’s second and final recall comes with financial incentives for users to remain on team Samsung, and indeed many have been reported to be opting for either the Galaxy S7 or S7 edge – to the point where production of these models has been increased to meet demand. Up to 40% of US users will be looking away from Samsung, at least one survey has shown.

On a positive note, Gorilla Glass 5 found on the Note7 has turned out not to be as bad as initially reported by Youtuber JerryRigEverything, so at least there’s that.

Amidst the Galaxy Note7 calamity, people have started talking about an early Galaxy S8 launch – apparently not going to happen, though, judging by a leaked MWC2017 schedule.

In other news, a 13.8-inch Nokia D1C tablet was spotted on Antutu, OnePlus 3 may get an untimely refresh with a new display and chipset, and test units with Snapdragon 830 have entered India. The details on the highlights of last week can be found by following the links below.

Samsung permanently discontinues the Galaxy Note7

Production ends worldwide.


Samsung Mobile chief vows to earn the users' trust back

The head of Samsung Mobile, Dong-Jin Koh, has vowed to restore trust of consumers by exposing the problem.


Samsung is officially asking everyone to return their Galaxy Note7 devices, again

Samsung has just released a statement urging all global partners to stop sales and recall-exchanges of the Note7.


Count of fire incidents involving safe Galaxy Note7 grows - carriers suspend sales, Samsung temporarily halts production

“The halt is in cooperation with consumer safety regulators from South Korea, the United States and China,” said an official at a supplier for Samsung.


Galaxy Note7's death may mean $17 billion in lost sales for Samsung

That amount would be bankruptcy-inducing for most companies, but not this one.


Take a look at the fireproof return packaging for the Galaxy Note7

Samsung has abandoned the Galaxy Note7, something we would have never imagined happening just a week before the Note7s launch event.


Report says Samsung will abandon the Note brand

Reports say that Samsung will no longer use the “Note” brand as it was tarnished by the recalls.


Samsung boosts Galaxy S7 production to make up for the Note7's cancellation

The company is certainly hoping many people will choose the S7 now that the Note7 is dead.


Reports claim most Note7 customers are opting for an S7 edge replacement

Taiwanese retail chains are claiming most affected by the recall are still opting for Samsung models with gift card and rebate bonus.


Survey says 40% of current Samsung owners wont buy Samsung again

Interestingly, some are looking to the Google Pixel phones as a replacement.


Samsung reduces Q3 earnings forecast by a third

The failure of the Galaxy Note7 is proving costly.


Remember when the Note7 miserably failed the scratch test? Turns out it was inconclusive

Just under two months ago, YouTuber JerryRigEverything released a video for the Galaxy Note7 regarding the durability of its glass. If you recall, the Gorilla Glass 5 scratched starting with th…


The Nokia D1C is actually a 13.8

Surprise! Nokia’s second Android tablet is a huge slab.


New rumor says Samsung Galaxy S8 will have two variants, feature Viv AI assistant

While one variant will have 5.1-inch display, the other will feature a bigger 5.5-inch screen.


Leaked MWC '17 invite shows no changes to Galaxy S8 launch schedule

This goes against rumors of an early replacement for the ailing Galaxy Note7.


New Xiaomi phone with octa-core SoC and 3GB RAM leaks online

It has 64GB internal memory, runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow-based MIUI 8, and also supports VoLTE.


Qualcomm Snapdragon 830 test units spotted entering India

A total of 80 chips were listed on the local package tracking website Zauba.


Rumor: OnePlus 3 might get a hardware refresh soon, industry sources say

A new rumor comes from China which says the OnePlus 3 might be getting a hardware refresh.


First real-world samples of video image stabilization on Pixel XL (side by side with Nexus 6P)

A couple of video clips testing the EIS of the Pixel XL give us a look at how well they stabilize 4K video.


Sharp Aquos Xx3 mini announced with a 4.7-inch FullHD display, Snapdragon 617

The phone will go on sale in February next year, with Nougat on board.


Huawei launches new 4GB RAM variant of its Nova smartphone

Aside from the bump in RAM, the new model (CAZ-AL10) also offers support for LTE-A carrier aggregation.