Samsung won’t show Galaxy S8 at MWC 2017

Alex Kidman 24 January 2017 NEWS

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We’ll have to wait a little longer to see Samsung’s newest premium handset.

Fresh off the announcement of the causes for the unexpected fires that plagued its Galaxy Note 7 handsets, Samsung appears to be taking a slow and steady course towards releasing its next premium handset, the Samsung Galaxy S8.

Rumours had already suggested that the phone might be delayed for release until April 2017. Speaking with Reuters, Samsung mobile chief Koh Dong-jin stated that the company would not launch the handset at Mobile World Congress.

Traditionally new Samsung Galaxy S series handsets have been announced just prior to the start of MWC itself, which this year would have suggested the handset maker launching on 26 February 2017.

Koh did not comment on when Samsung intended to launch the Galaxy S8, although it has typically not waited terribly long between launches and actual availability. If the earlier April rumours hold true, it’s likely that Samsung might hold a mid-to-late March launch for the handset.

This also leaves Samsung in an interesting position when it comes to MWC 2017 itself. While last year its primary focus were the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge handsets, it also announced its Gear 360 camera. It’s feasible that Samsung may use the show to reveal other mobile gadgets, or, as it did recently at CES 2017, launch further mid-range or budget Galaxy handsets instead.

We’ll be reporting live from MWC 2017, so stay tuned for the latest news from the world’s biggest mobile trade show.

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