Samsung has been traditionally a star of MWC, with the company unveiling its latest flagship smartphones at the annual event. But this year Samsung is unlikely to do so. A Reuters report quotes Samsung mobile chief Koh Dong-jin as saying that the Galaxy S8 will not be unveiled at MWC 2017. Though Samsung executive hasn t revealed when the smartphone will debut, reports hint at a late March timeframe. Also Read - Samsung now lets you make an appointment to shop at its stores, book demo via WhatsAppAlso Read - Galaxy S21 FE flaunts itself again on benchmark, reveals RAM for high-end Samsung model
The company traditionally unveils the flagship smartphones at MWC and puts them on sale from March. Samsung s assertion of delaying the launch isn t really surprising as there have been several reports in the past that have indicated at the same. The reason why Samsung is delaying the launch is also very much known. The company has been working to fix all the issues it faced with its Galaxy Note 7 smartphone, which was recalled from the global market over safety issues. Just this morning Samsung came out with a detailed explanation on why its Galaxy Note 7 smartphones were catching fire. Also Read - Samsung Galaxy M32 leaked specs make it look slightly better than Galaxy M42 5G
Samsung has also said that it has put a rigorous testing procedure in place to avoid such incidents in future. This involves an 8-point battery safety check that will cover batteries right from component level to their assembly and shipment of devices. One of the procedures also involves conducting X-Ray tests to spot abnormalities inside the batteries. ALSO READ: Samsung Galaxy Note 7 explosions were caused by two set of faulty batteries
That said, if rumors and leaks are to be believed, Samsung s next generation Galaxy S8 will be a step up from the predecessors in several aspects ranging from design, performance to features. According to rumors, the Samsung Galaxy S8 will be skipping physical home button on the front while the fingerprint scanner will be embedded in the display itself.
Depending upon the region, the Galaxy S8 could either be powered by an Exynos 8895 chipset paired with Mali-G71 GPU, or Qualcomm s latest Snapdragon 835 SoC along with 6GB or 8GB of RAM. The Galaxy S8 is expected to be backed by a 4,200mAh battery.
According to a recent render, Samsung will have a dedicated button on the side to launch digital assistant, dubbed Bixby. Rumors add that Bixby could be a lot more powerful than Apple s Siri or Microsoft s Cortana. The AI could come with the ability to do a visual search for objects identified in a photograph and also leverage Optical character recognition (OCR) to recognize text, images or identify objects. ALSO READ: Samsung Galaxy S8 rumor roundup