In a press conference held earlier today, Samsung Mobile chief Koh Dong-jin confirmed that the company will not be announcing the Galaxy S8 at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2017 next month in Barcelona. The Galaxy S7 was unveiled a day before MWC 2016 last year.
As we have told you in the past, Samsung has decided to delay the launch of the Galaxy S8 due to stricter product testing norms introduced after the Galaxy Note 7 debacle. Samsung does not want its next flagship smartphone to suffer from any similar issue, which is why Koh told reporters at the press conference today that “lessons of this incident are deeply reflected in our culture and process”.
According to recent reports, Samsung could announce the Galaxy S8 at a dedicated event in April in New York City. While the exact date hasn’t been rumored yet, the event is likely to take place in the week starting April 17th.
The Samsung Galaxy S8 is expected to be a significant upgrade over the previous generation, with a revamped design, more powerful hardware, and exciting software additions. One of the biggest highlights is expected to be the design, with extremely tiny bezels all around and no physical buttons whatsoever. Samsung will be switching to soft keys with 3D Touch-like functionality and an optical fingerprint scanner instead. Some of the other rumored specs include up to 256GB of onboard storage, 8GB of RAM, Snapdragon 835 / Exynos 8895 SoC, iris scanner, USB Type-C port, stereo speakers, water resistance, and Bixby virtual assistant.