Samsung Galaxy Note 8 release date, specs rumors 2016: Device could come early 2017; name possibly changed?

As of now, South Korean tech company Samsung Electronics is trying to douse the bad PR that the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 has been making. Reports of the phone suddenly exploding have led the company desperately trying to redeem the brand. There are even rumors that the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 8 may change its name.

Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 reportedly has an exploding battery pack, causing the company to stop selling the said device. | Samsung official website

Reports are saying that Samsung currently has two devices lined up for release, the Samsung Galaxy S8 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 8. No official specs have come out for the devices, but some speculate that the reason may be because the company has decided to release it under a different name.

A change in name may not be the most illogical choice, as Google has done the same thing recently with its Pixel phones. Before the Pixel brand was announced, Google Phones were part of the Nexus lineup. With the tarnished reputation of the Galaxy Note 7, Samsung could very much try for a complete overhaul of the device.

As for its release, reports are saying that the device may very well be announced at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, Spain. The event will be held on Feb. 26 next year, and it's likely that Samsung will be releasing both the Galaxy Note 8 and the Galaxy S8, granted that it won't decide to have the devices renamed.

No official specs and price tags have been announced for the Galaxy Note 8, but the Galaxy S8 is said to run on the Exynos 8995 processor and a GPU called the Mali-G71 .

Hopefully Samsung will be able to get back on its feet after the Note 7's "exploding battery" scandal. People are still excited to see what the tech giant has in store for the future.