So this new FE or fandom edition might be a safe alternative for those people who have a special place in their heart for the Galaxy Note 7 and yet don't wish to catch on fire. The timing here is a little odd, especially with the Galaxy Note 8 nearing release. The report also notes that S9 and S9 Plus will have "similar specs" to the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus, and won't feature Samsung's foldable display tech.
Samsung is also reportedly planning to release the device in limited quantities outside of South Korea in the near future. Of course, the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 FE is not the same device as the Note 7 was. If Google's Project Treble initiative toward speedier updates is still in motion, Samsung devices may see the new software sooner than ever before.
While Samsung's Galaxy Note 8 has been trending on the internet and leaks have been flooding in for the past few days, we have yet again come across a new 360-degree render video of the smartphone. Also, as per the listing, the smartphone will ship with Android 7.0 out-of-the-box.
After reports of fires and explosions, Samsung a year ago had recalled around three million Galaxy Note 7 devices that cost the company more than $5 billion. Given the fact that the Galaxy Note 8's price could go higher than $1,100, the price difference could settle the dispute.
Are the new features worth the price difference?
The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 FE is set to be released on July 7 with the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 arriving a month later in August. If you can spare the money, sure. A Samsung executive told Korean site Naver that the electronics behemoth made every effort to use the optical fingerprint solution on the Note 8. The battle between the iPhone 8 and Note 8 will be the one to watch.
The Note 8 rear panel looks entirely different from the Galaxy S8.