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Samsung's Galaxy S8 might be delayed – Business Insider

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For years, Samsung has announced its flagship Galaxy S
smartphones ahead of Mobile World Congress (MWC), a major
industry conference held in Barcelona in February or March.

But after the Galaxy Note 7 exploding smartphone debacle, that’s
changing.

The South Korean electronics company
has opted not to launch its expected S8 smartphone at MWC this
year, Reuters reports
— raising the possibility that the
phone will be delayed.

Over the weekend, Samsung
announced the results of its investigation
into why its Note
7 smartphone kept exploding, prompting a costly global recall of
the device: The answer: A bad battery design.

The company says it is now taking steps to ensure that something
similar does not happen with the launch of the S8, its next
high-end smartphone — as a repeat would be absolutely disastrous
for the company’s reputation.

At a press briefing on Monday, mobile chief Koh Dong-jin
reportedly said that Samsung no longer plans to formally announce
the S8 at Mobile World Congress, and that its release may be
delayed. “The lessons of this incident are deeply reflected in
our culture and process,” he said. “Samsung Electronics will be
working hard to regain consumer trust.”

A Samsung spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request
for comment about the Galaxy S8’s launch schedule.
The device — whenever it is ultimately launched — is rumoured to
have
an edge-to-edge curved screen without a home button, a
dual-lens camera, and two different size options.

There’s also an unconfirmed rumour circulating that Samsung plans
to hold an event in March in New York to launch the phone, and it
will go on sale on April 18.

Mobile World Congress will be running from February 27 to March
2, and Business Insider will be attending and reporting live from
Barcelona throughout.

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