>> If you think fire prone batteries, billions of dollars in lost profits and one of the biggest tech gadget recalls of all time killed the Samsung Galaxy Note. You'd be wrong. I'm at New York at this packed global launch for the Samsung Galaxy Note 8. Samsung is hoping that the biggest screen yet for a phablet is going to help consumers forget about the disaster that was the Note 7.
But the secret weapon here is the S Pen. A new function allows you to send text messages and emails just by writing on the screen. This is something that you still can't do with an iPhone. The device also getting high praised Wednesday from tech enthusiasts for dual cameras on the back.
One, a wide angle lens. The other telephoto, which analysts say will come in handy for virtual reality. Other bells and whistles already available on the smaller S8 line released earlier this year are supersized on the Note 8, like DeX. A charging station connecting the phablet directly to a PC or laptop.
All that's good. But what about the battery issue that caused Samsung's embarrassing recall of the Note 7, besides an apology?>> Of course, none of us will ever forget what happened last year. I know I won't.>> Samsung's solution? This time, use a smaller battery. Independent tech expert Jonathan Roubini.
>> They promise that the new battery's gonna work perfectly. I have an issue with the fact that the battery is not a big battery. It's only 3300 milliamps, so it's not gonna deliver as much
] throughout the day for your phone.>> Analysts say since Apple users are loyal and locked into that environment, all the features on the Note 8 are likely to only make Samsung more competitive in its battle against other makers of Android smartphones that cost half the price.
A price Samsung is keeping quiet ahead of the September 15th sales date.