What Happened to the Note 6?

August 24, 2023

When the original Note first launched in 2011, it was mocked for being so large. But it managed to sell incredibly well. Since then, the line has been instrumental in popularizing bigger display sizes in phones as a whole. It's why most of Samsung's flagship phones now look like Notes.

That may be why it's hard to understand why the company jumped straight to the Galaxy Note 7. The move seemed calculated to help bring the phone's numbering in line with that of the S Series. But it also meant skipping over the Galaxy Note 5, which had a number of neat upgrades.

One of those was a new variant of the S Pen, with its tip now capable of writing in multiple languages. Another was an upgraded processor that made the phone more powerful and faster than ever before. The device even had a headphone jack, which was becoming less and less common as phones moved to new connectors or omitted them altogether.

The phone was a big hit, and Samsung's stock was doing great as it rolled into Q2. But then the first reports of the phones exploding began coming in.

Samsung has already recalled 2.5 million of the phones, and according to its own numbers, most of those have been returned. But the damage may be done. Avi Greengart, an analyst with Current Analysis, said if the second round of phones were prone to blowing up like the first, it would hurt the brand more than a simple recall.

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