One big elephant in the room will be what the Note 7 debacle has done to Samsung's relationship with mobile carriers on which it relies to sell its phones. If we see a major carrier not bothering to sell Samsung's upcoming Galaxy Note 8 because it distrusts the quality, other mobile companies could easily follow.
Samsung typically releases its flagship Galaxy S series smartphone in the first quarter and this is still about five to six months away. In this time, Samsung will not take this episode lying down and the South Korean titan is no doubt going to throw everything it has at marketing its way out of the situation.
At the end of the day, Samsung is still known for making quality devices. Its current flagship Galaxy S7 device is still selling well and the Note 7 was an innovative handset that gained praise from the tech press, before the battery issues.
But it appears that the Galaxy S8 will really need to blow the socks off (not literally) consumers to make them forget about the Note 7 saga and allow Samsung to return some of the lost momentum to its smartphone business.