Reports: Samsung to delay release of the Galaxy S8


Reports from Korea claim Samsung could be facing more problems, this time with the upcoming release of the Galaxy S8.

The South Korean giant’s next flagship smartphone has a target of shipping 60 million units making it one of the most eagerly anticipated devices of 2017.

News of a potential delay is hardly surprising with Samsung doing everything possible to avoid the embarrassment of the Galaxy Note 7.

SamMobile reports the hold ups will mean that Samsung will miss its usual release date for new smartphone – Samsung normally launches new devices in February at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The new launch is predicted for a separate event in New York but the phone itself may go on sale in mid-April.

Reports have always claimed that the problems encountered by Samsung were due to lack of testing as the company pushed the release of the Note 7 ahead of Apple launching the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.

Samsung are keen to keep excitement levels for the Galaxy 8 high after several images claiming to reveal the new device were seen online although they are not believed to come from Samsung direct.

Galaxy S8 render by @VenyaGeskin1

It is said that the high-resolution images show that the Galaxy 8 will drop all physical buttons, such as the home button from the front of the device. These will be replaced by “virtual buttons” which will mean the S8 will be a “bezeless” device.

As previously reported, the S8 is expected to come in two sizes, 5.1 inch and 5.5 inch – the same as the current S7 model.

Elsewhere, reports have also claimed that Samsung will copy one of the features on the latest generation iPhone – 3D Touch, allowing for pressure-sensitive interaction with the device.

Samsung is also expected to drop the standard 3.5mm headphone jack in favour of a proprietary port.


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