Thursday, 22nd December, 2016 - 15:25
The Samsung Galaxy S8 now looks as if it will be released in a standalone event in New York later in April, instead of the traditional reveal date at the Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona in February.
Despite rumours of a delayed release, fans are patiently waiting for the release of the most anticipated device for 2017 so far. The S8 will feature Samsung’s most advanced hardware to date, and with a super high definition screen, and further improvements to its cameras, the S8 should be one of the top devices on the market next year.
As Samsung do not want a repeat of the Note 7 fiasco with devices overheating and catching fire, extra testing has been put into place resulting in the delayed release. It is believed that Samsung rushed testing for the Note 7 to compete with the iPhone 7 and it was these shortcuts that led to the fault. As a result Samsung are rumoured to be in talks with LG to source batteries for the S8 rather than relying on their own products.
Samsung announced recently that anyone that had traded their Note 7 in for a Samsung Galaxy S7 or a Galaxy S7 edge will have a special exchange deal when the S8 and Samsung Galaxy Note 8 are released. This is in an effort to build up some customer hype to help with sales. They have also offered financial incentives of up to £71 to some customers in South Korea already. Customers who want to upgrade to the new flagship device will only have to pay around half the price of their S7 before upgrading to the S8 or Note 8.
Hopefully Samsung will give their flagship a new look as it has been two whole years since the last redesign, and with Apple planning something special for their 10th anniversary phone, they could fall behind again. The S8 will come in two sizes when it is launched; a 5.1inch curved display and a 5.5inch curved display. It might also include the 3D touch feature that Apple introduced to their iPhone 6s model and is popular with their customers. One thing that might annoy some people however is the fact that they might lose the earphone port like Apple did. Instead of relying on a USB-C adapter or Bluetooth though, Samsung seem to be looking into developing their own replacement for the port, which could be interesting to see.