Samsung Galaxy S8 release date, specs rumors: Samsung announces smartphone's absence from MWC, confirms delay

(Samsung)The Samsung Galaxy S8, the follow-up to the Galaxy S7 (pictured), will reportedly be released in April.

Samsung is hard at work, taking the necessary steps to make sure that a repeat of last year's Galaxy Note 7 scandal will not happen again. As a result, the South Korean tech giant will be releasing the Galaxy S8 series a little later than usual, as the company confirmed during a recent press briefing.

According to reports, Samsung mobile chief Koh Dong-jin revealed the company's plan to push the Galaxy S8's unveiling. The past few years have seen a pattern when it comes to Samsung's smartphone launches, which usually take place at the Mobile World Congress (MWC), which is held in February every year. However, the Galaxy S8 will be a no-show at the event, opting for a later debut instead.

"The lessons of this incident are deeply reflected in our culture and process," Koh said during a two-hour press conference in Seoul. "Samsung Electronics will be working hard to regain consumer trust."

Samsung is taking the extra time to iron out all the features of the Galaxy S8 series, ensuring that the quality will be up to the highest of standards. However, Koh did not reveal the launch window of the upcoming smartphone.

But that has not stopped analysts, tech publications, and the Internet from speculating on the supposed release date of the Samsung Galaxy S8. Many expect an unveiling to take place in March at a special event, with a subsequent release in April. However, this remains unconfirmed.

As for the rumored specifications of the Galaxy S8, it is believed that the two iterations of the series will both have curved screens, as opposed to the Galaxy S7, which only saw the Edge version with a curved display. A huge overhaul in design is also expected, with the physical home button being removed completely to make room for a bigger screen. There will also be thinner bezels at the top and bottom of the smartphone.

Since rumors have remained unconfirmed so far, though, readers are advised to take this news with a grain of salt.

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