Samsung Confirms Galaxy S8 Won’t Debut At MWC 2017 In Barcelona

Having survived the Galaxy Note 7 fiasco, Samsung is in the process of some final housekeeping (officially presenting results of its investigation into what caused the Galaxy Note 7 handsets to overheat and catch fire) before putting the matter to rest and looking ahead to what is next. We already know what that is—it's the Galaxy S8, Samsung's next flagship phone, but surprisingly it will not make a debut at Mobile World Congress.

Samsung mobile boss Koh Dong-jin confirmed as much during a press briefing on Monday. The revelation is somewhat a surprise because Samsung has typically used the annual convention in Barcelona as a launchpad for its Galaxy S series, and many expected that would be the case with the Galaxy S8. Instead, Galaxy S fans will have to wait a little longer for the next flagship model.

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While Koh did not go into great detail about the delay, he did mention that Samsung has put some procedures in place to avoid another Galaxy Note 7 scenario with the Galaxy S8. Presumably that means some additional battery testing and safety checkmarks before giving the Galaxy S8 the green light, which would explain why the launch is being pushed past MWC next month.

Analysts are now anticipating that the Galaxy S8 will ship in April. Leading up to the launch, Samsung recently filed a patent application with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) seeking protection for the name, Galaxy S8. The trademark was applied for on January 17.

There have been several rumors surrounding Samsung's next flagship phone. One of the biggest and most interesting rumors suggests that Samsung will swap out the display for a flexible OLED panel that covers almost the entire front. It's also said that the Galaxy S8 will ship without a physical home button