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Up from the ashes: Samsung unveils its Note 8 phone

Up from the ashes: Samsung unveils its Note 8 phone

Samsung is trying to move past last year's disastrous Galaxy Note 7 launch with a successor sporting a dual-lens camera, animated messages, expanded note-taking — and lower battery capacity.

The South Korean tech giant is no longer trying to squeeze more battery power into each phone. Last year's Note 7 was recalled after dozens spontaneously caught fire because of defective batteries.

Samsung responded by subjecting new phones to multiple inspections, including X-rays and stress tests at extreme temperatures. And it's giving the battery more physical protection, taking up room normally available for the charge.

Although the success of this past spring's Galaxy S8...

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