Samsung Recap: New Samsung S8 Leaks, Possible Galaxy Note 7 Recall, US Carriers Offer New Phones for Existing 'Note 7' Users

Samsung suffered a huge blow as they continue to grapple with Galaxy Note 7's defective batteries. Amid the reports, the company still pulled off a higher income return for the first quarter of 2016. Just recently, Galaxy S7 was hailed as the best Smartphone of the year. Rumors say that the new Samsung S8 would look a lot different on a better note. Here is this week's Samsung recap. 

New Samsung S8 Leaks

Samsung is reportedly planning a major design overhaul for Galaxy S8, including possibly ditching the home button and minimizing the front bezel. Some of the likely Galaxy S8 features include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 830 processor, a huge 1/1.7 image sensor, and high resolution 4K/UHD display.

In 2017, Samsung plans to launch five flagship devices. Speculations pertaining a foldable Galaxy X, Galaxy S8 Edge and Galaxy Note 8 are currently underway.  

Galaxy Note 7 Possible Recall

A second recall would be unusual for the Tech Company but it could happen if the reported incident aboard a Southwest Airlines flight involved a "safe" Galaxy Note 7. The Federal Aviation Administration and the Consumer Product Safety Commission are investigating whether a replacement Galaxy Note 7 was the smoking phone that led to the evacuation of a Southwest Airlines flight Wednesday.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission is "moving expeditiously to investigate this incident," Chairman Elliot Kaye said in a statement regarding the Southwest flight. He continued to recommend that Note 7 owners should turn off their phones and stressed that a refund is one possibility. Due to the plane incident, U.S. carriers have been offering their Galaxy Note 7 customers the choice of a refund or exchange. 

U.S. Carriers Offer New Phones for Existing Note 7 Users

Because of the recent explosions, the replacement Galaxy Note 7 may not be entirely safe and that is why U.S. Carriers are offering several exchanges to existing Galaxy Note 7 users. Sprint gives customers "loaner devices" to use while they receive a replacement unit. Meanwhile, T-Mobile offers a "complete refund" on Note 7 devices and accessories - specifically, the full amount paid at time of purchase plus any and all associated fees. On the other hand, Verizon also offers refunds and exchanges for Note 7 buyers. Lastly, AT&T is allowing its customers to swap to another device and it will refund the difference. The carrier will also refund any Note 7 accessories.

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