Samsung has made it official -- its flagship device for this year, the Galaxy S8, will not be debuting at the annual Mobile World Congress (MWC), which will kick off on February 27th in the beautiful city of Barcelona in Spain. Still, there is some hope that the highly awaited smartphone will be making an appearance nonetheless, but by way of a teaser.
According to a report published by the Korea Herald, it is quite possible that the South Korean phone maker will be giving audiences at this year’s MWC a brief glimpse of the latest addition to its Galaxy S lineup of smartphones. For sure, fans of Samsung will be brimming with excitement for this sneak preview, while casual consumers will still be curious, to say the least.
All the mystery is conveniently helped by Samsung’s secretiveness, which both adds to the allure and to the collective frustration (of some) regarding the Galaxy S8. This year’s flagship device is unique in a sense that it may be the first high profile release from Samsung to follow a certified disaster. To the South Korean mobile manufacturer’s credit, whenever it says something that is in reference to the newest Galaxy S device, it never really gives anything away.
For years, Samsung has made it a habit to introduce a new flagship Galaxy handset at the MWC event, and this year would mark a full departure from that. Still, even the company does decide to tease the Galaxy S8 next month, it is definitely better than nothing, and should help generate some buzz among Android mobile users. If done right, it could give the tech giant some momentum heading into the official release date, which is rumored to be in March of this year, with shipping dates possibly commencing in April.
Yesterday, Samsung had already sent out MWC invites for an event scheduled on February 26th (a day before the official start of MWC). In that invite, a device is shown having a bottom bezel, plus what appears to be a home button. The talk is that the company is planning to unveil a new tablet device, specifically the Galaxy Tab S3 (Samsung’s follow up to 2015’s Galaxy Tab S2). It is speculated that the device will be fitted with a 9.6 inch display screen with a resolution of 2,048 by 1,536 pixels, and will feature a 12 megapixel camera on the rear side, a 5 megapixel camera on the front side, and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chip, aided by 4 gigabytes of random access memory (RAM) as well as 32 gigabytes of built in memory.
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