Up from the ashes: Samsung unveils successor to Note 7 phone

By ANICK JESDANUN Mobile Associated Press

This Aug. 16, 2017, photo, shows a Samsung Galaxy S8, left, a Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus, center, and Samsung Galaxy Note 8 on display, in New York. (AP Photo/Richard Drew) (AP)

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.

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Last year's Note 7 had to be 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.

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The Galaxy Note 8 will go on sale Sept. 15, about the time Apple is expected to come out with new iPhones.

Like the S8 phones from this past spring, the Note 8 will have an "infinity display" that maximizes screen size by reducing the frame, or bezel, surrounding the display.

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