An unnamed Samsung official has struck down a rumor that the company plans to launch its next flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S8, ahead of schedule. Some reports previously claimed Samsung might try to release the phone early in order to partially make up for the lost sales of the now recalled Galaxy Note 7.
According to ETNews, the Samsung official was quoted as saying, “Currently we do not have any plans to release Galaxy S8 early.” The same official added, “Pushing release date forward all of sudden is something that is realistically impossible.”
That is certainly very plausible, since Samsung has still not announce what caused the Galaxy Note 7’s batteries to start burning and exploding, which lead to its complete worldwide recall earlier this month. The company doesn’t want to rush a new phone into production before it can figure out what went wrong on its most recent product.
Indeed, recent reports claim that Samsung has delayed production of the Galaxy S8 by at least two weeks in order to concentrate its efforts on investigating the Note 7 flaws. Samsung normally announces the next phone in the Galaxy S series just before the start of the Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona, Spain. The 2017 edition is slated to begin on February 27 and the phone itself is expected to launch in March, at least for now.
There are certainly plenty of rumors about what kinds of features will be in the Galaxy S8, including a very recent one that claims it will have a 5.5-inch QHD Super AMOLED display and 6 GB of RAM. Other unconfirmed reports state it will have either Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 830 chip or Samsung’s own Exynos 9985 processor, depending on where it is sold. It may also support Google’s Daydream VR platform as well.