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Samsung will make fans wait longer for its iPhone 7 rival

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Written by Kamil Arli

The South Korean company was expected to announce the Galaxy S8 at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next month. It’s thought the launch was delayed so that Samsung can carry out additional battery checks to avoid another Galaxy Note 7 disaster.

The chief of Samsung’s mobile division, Koh Dong-jin, confirmed to Reuters on Monday that the company would not unveil the Galaxy S8 at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, which starts Feb. 27.

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Although MWC was never officially confirmed as the launch date for the Galaxy S8, many of its predecessors — including the S7, S6 and S5 — were launched at the annual event.

THE DELAY IS LIKELY DUE TO THE NUMEROUS CASES OF THE GALAXY NOTE 7

The delay is likely due to the numerous cases of the Galaxy Note7 overheating and bursting into flames, which caused Samsung to pull the device from the market and issue an apology and an investigation into what had happened. The results of that investigation were also published today (short version: it’s the battery).

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Samsung’s Galaxy S8 is rumored to have a huge screen-to-body ratio (and no home button), faster performance, waterproof design and a new, smart digital assistant called “Bixby.”

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Kamil Arli

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