Samsung has been forced to delay the launch of its next–generation Galaxy S8, as it fights to get to the bottom of the problems which caused it to halt production of the Galaxy Note 7.
An anonymous engineer working on the new phone says it is being held up by two weeks. That means it may not be unveiled on February 28th as originally planned.
It could also mean Samsung arrives at the annual Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona, which starts on February 29th, without a new smartphone.
A short delay may not hamper Samsung too badly if in the meantime it manages to reassure consumers it knows why the Galaxy Note 7 developed the battery fault that caused some units to explode.
One theory being discussed centres on the battery housing within the device not being big enough to hold the battery properly.
Samsung has admitted that the entire Galaxy Note 7 fiasco could cost it as much as £4 billion by the end of the first quarter of 2017.
But the real damage could be to its reputation among consumers, who may be loth to buy another Samsung handset.
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