Apparently so, or more specifically, according to a report published this week by Forbes. The Galaxy S8 is Samsung’s highly awaited flagship device for this year, and it appears that it will be launching first in the company’s native homeland, South Korea, on April 14th of this year. There is no word yet regarding when the smartphone will make its way to other mobile markets around the world.
Earlier this week, it was reported that the Galaxy S8 will not be making its debut at the annual Mobile World Congress trade show, which is scheduled to kick off on February 27th in the beautiful city of Barcelona in Spain. DJ Koh, the chief of mobile at Samsung, has revealed as much just a day ago, which means that Galaxy fans will have to wait exercise some patience. This is sort of a departure for the South Korean phone maker, who has routinely taken full advantage of the MWC event in order to showcase its newest smartphone offerings, including its flagship Galaxy devices. Still, there is talk that moving forward, Samsung will be focusing more on its own Samsung Unpacked events, instead of global trade shows like the MWC.
After what has happened to its last high profile smartphone release, it is safe to say that Samsung is in need of a feel good story for itself, and here’s betting that it is hoping that the upcoming release of the Galaxy S8 will be that story. Will the device deliver? Nothing is ever certain nowadays, and even supposedly surefire hits from the world’s biggest seller of smartphone devices can fizzle like a dud (or more accurately, explode). But based on leaked specs and even rumors, the Galaxy S8 should be interesting, to say the least. It is said to pack the Snapdragon 835, which many consider Qualcomm’s mightiest chip yet, due to the fact that it is the first processor designed for mobile devices that is built using Samsung’s own 10 nanometer manufacturing process. Other rumors include a display screen that, among other things, comes with pressure sensitivity capabilities, support for 4K, and ultra HD specifications; and an artificial intelligence (AI) digital assistant.
Some are speculating that Samsung is taking its time with the release of the Galaxy S8, mainly because it does not want another high profile smartphone blowing up. While there is some truth to that, it is quite possible that the South Korean mobile manufacturer is simply re-setting its priorities, and by any measure, dealing with a recall for a major product does take a lot of one’s resources. 2017 should provide the company another chance to make things right, and all that mobile users everywhere can do now is wait.
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