Samsung’s head of mobile, Koh Dong–jin has confirmed that the company’s new flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S8, will not be making an appearance at next month’s Mobile World Congress.
It marks a shift in strategy from the Korean giant, which in recent years has used the annual event in Barcelona to reveal its latest top–end device.
Speaking with Reuters about Samsung’s investigation into the problems with last year’s Galaxy Note 7, Koh refused to be drawn on when the Galaxy S8 would be unveiled.
Recent reports have pointed towards a March launch date before a late April release. However, some tech watchers believe this date could slip as the company looks to ensure any new device doesn’t suffer from the same issues as those which caused Galaxy Note 7 units to explode.
The Galaxy S8 is expected to offer many of the same hardware features as the Galaxy Note 7, including biometric iris recognition. It’s also said to come with an improved camera and new home–button free design, although the standard headphone slot is likely to be sacrificed.
Rival mobile makers are set to take advantage of Samsung’s decision, with LG’s G6 set to be the star of the show.