Samsung’s Galaxy S8 will not launch until April 2017, with the Korean company planning to reveal the device at a special event in New York.
Sources involved at Samsung’s global strategy meeting in Korea claim that the company is delaying the launch, which was initially slated for late February at the annual Mobile World Congress (MWC) event in Barcelona.
Launching at MWC would see Samsung having to fight for coverage with big players like LG, as well as upstart mobile makers.
There has long been talk of a Galaxy S8 delay. Some sources, including one in Samsung’s own engineering team, have apparently said the hold up is down to ensuring the device’s battery is safe for release.
Samsung was forced to discontinue its Galaxy Note 7 due to exploding batteries. It’s thought that the debacle has hit its bottom line, especially with Apple’s iPhone 7 being judged as a critical and commercial success.
The Galaxy S8 is said to come with a dual lens camera, improved display and Samsung’s first ever virtual assistant tool.
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