Samsung Galaxy Note8: ‘We Designed It For Business’

Contributor: Jason Koestenblatt
Posted: 08/24/2017
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Samsung Galaxy Note8

Nearly a year after one of the worst brand damaging incidents technology has seen, Samsung is back in the game with the release of its Galaxy Note 8 smartphone, as pre-orders began this week.

Its purpose is to be leader in smartphone consumption, of course, appealing to a global consumer base. But what Samsung may be able to lend to the enterprise is what could separate it from the competition.

“[The business community] has been a constant inspiration to us, and we designed the new Note for them,” said DJ Koh, president of Samsung’s Mobile Communications Business in a statement.

The most important component to the new iteration, of course, will be its battery power. As previously reported by Enterprise Mobility Exchange, the Galaxy Note7 was recalled globally in September 2016 due to faulty batteries that were at times catching fire while charging. “In response to recently reported cases of the new Galaxy Note7, we conducted a thorough investigation and found a battery cell issue,” the tech giant said in a statement last year.

Up until that time, 35 cases had been reported globally of faulty batteries. “Because our customers’ safety is an absolute priority at Samsung, we have stopped sales of the Galaxy Note7,” the company said at the time. Some 2.5 million of the devices had been sold in the two weeks prior to the recall.

This time around, Samsung took extra precautions, running its 3300mAh battery through a rigorous safety check, including an X-ray test, disassembly tests, voltage testing, and additional use case testing, on top of third-party evaluation from Underwriters Laboratories.

But where the Galaxy Note8 may be truly making its biggest business-use jump is in its inherent security, taking advantage of the Knox 2.9 system, Samsung’s encryption module, which offers stronger data security and user flexibility inside secure folders. Additionally, Knox brings easier controls for IT administrators, and includes iris and fingerprint scanning for its biometric security approach.

The timing of the Galaxy Note8 release isn’t by mistake, as its biggest competitor Apple plans to make its upcoming iPhone 8 available in September.

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Jason Koestenblatt
Contributor: Jason Koestenblatt