Samsung Galaxy S8 phones won't appear at MWC


— 1:00 PM on January 23, 2017

By now, most people have heard about Samsung's revelation of the causes behind the overheating and fires of its ill-fated Note 7 handset. In what could be related news, Samsung mobile chief Koh Dong-Jin announced that the company won't be showing an updated Galaxy S8 handset at the Mobile World Conference in Barcelona at the end of February. Reports say the replacements for the current Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge may not be offered for sale until some time in April. This development represents a departure from Samsung's regular schedule of unveiling updated Galaxy S-series handsets at MWC.

For now, the Galaxy S8's features and improvements are still a mystery, though faster SoCs, more system memory, and an improved camera seem like foregone conclusions. The new phones could also include the first iteration of Viv Labs' AI assistant. Some rumors suggest that phone will sport a nearly bezel-free front panel, and that the oblong home button may disappear.


Samsung's new battery QA plan

The new phone's battery will certainly undergo an unprecedented level of scrutiny, as Samsung seeks to repair the damage done to its reputation by both the Note 7's original battery and the replacements used in that handset's first recall. The company announced that batteries used in new products must pass an eight-point quality check. According to Reuters, the Note 7 battery snafu cost Samsung a cool $5.3 billion.

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