Samsung delays Galaxy S8 following Note 7 fires

By , Jan 23, 2017

During its press conference Monday morning, Samsung shared the findings of Note 7 investigations conducted by itself and three independent industry firms. In the aftermath of Note 7 fires, Samsung’s won’t be unveiling its next-generation iPhone rival at the Mobile World Congress in February as previously thought, Samsung told Reuters.

The Galaxy S8 flagship smartphone could be delayed as the company adopts more of a cautionary approach to designing its flagship handsets and enhancing product safety. The new and enhanced measures Samsung put forth were designed to prevent the kinds of battery problems that led to the permanent discontinuation of Note 7.

Investigations into Note 7 fires have confirmed flaws with both the original battery manufactured by Samsung’s subsidiary Samsung SDI and the replacement battery made by third-party Chinese supplier Amperex Technology.

“The lessons of this incident are deeply reflected in our culture and process,” said Koh Dong-jin, President of Samsung Electronics’ Mobile Communications Business.

“Samsung Electronics will be working hard to regain consumer trust.”

Koh said Galaxy S8, Samsung’s first premium handset since the Note 7’s demise, would not be announced at the Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona beginning February 27, where the company usually debuts its latest Galaxy S-series phones.

The executive wouldn’t say when the forthcoming handset might launch, but noted that the company’s electronics division will be “working hard to regain consumer trust.”

For what it’s worth, analysts expect a Galaxy S8 announcement in April.

“The current situation is not largely different from that of the first recall, when Samsung pointed the finger at battery defects,” said Park Chul-wan, a former director of the Centre for Advanced Batteries at the Korea Electronics Technology Institute, saying users will accept the results of the probe “only if there are no problems with Galaxy S8.”

The South Korean company has yet to decide whether to reuse parts in the recovered Note 7 units. A source indicated that reselling some of the nearly three million Note 7 units as refurbished phones was an option.

That may not be the brightest idea given the scale of the Note 7 fiasco which has tarnished the Samsung brand and wiped $5.3 billion off the company’s operating profit.

Source: Reuters

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  • Dilir Daiyan Aranna

    Samsung is Doomed.

    • nonchalont

      Hope not, because Samsung keeps apple in check. We don’t want a sole cellphone maker or else we won’t see leaps in advancement. Apple will only do increment upgrades and call it revolutionary.

      • Rowan09

        There are many other companies and even before Samsung Galaxy S devices Apple upgrades their phones every year. Samsung is just one of the others, the biggest one but nevertheless not the only company.

      • Dilir Daiyan Aranna

        It will soon be the Chinese manufacturers vs Apple

    • Benedict

      Everything but that… Samsung just doubled it’s profit.

      • Dilir Daiyan Aranna

        No.Wrong. it has 6Billion dollar loss.Apple took 104% of profits

      • Benedict

        No, Samsung has 5,7 Billion Profit! This is double than the year before. Check your sources.

      • Dilir Daiyan Aranna

        No the Note 7 bomb made it lose 6.5Billion

      • Benedict

        Note 7 did not affect the market a single bit. In which world do you live? Check the numbers!

  • Iskren Donev

    Good move delaying the launch, Samsung. Let’s hope you get it right this time, because if you do not you’ll be in serious trouble. As the saying goes, “fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me”.

  • Jamessmooth

    Smart move by Samsung delaying the release. If they reuse parts from the Note 7? Not smart.

    • smtp25

      yeah your buying a brand new S8 with second hand parts from recalled phones?

  • Rowan09

    I really don’t believe Samsung knows what’s going on with the Note 7 fires. They’ve been out reasons saying it was due to the phone being too thin and the battery didn’t have room to expand (or people assumed), to saying it was not the battery, to now saying it’s the battery on both replacements. I hope they get it right because another mistake and it’s over for them.

    • tariq

      same. i doubt they know the issue

  • Srv Rungta

    That’s what happens when you release phones to beat other companies (*cough* ..Apple….*cough*) instead of releasing them for advancing customer experience.

    • Franklin Richards

      Lets be honest in the whole of 2016 none of the smartphones have really wowed the world except for price or literal explosions.

      • Rowan09

        It’s been a long time since the world has been wowed by a smartphone.

      • Mike

        Xiaomi Mi Mix

        If you aren’t wowed by that you have issues.

      • Rowan09

        Why is that suppose to wow me? It looks like a Sony Xperia phone. It’s a good looking phone but nothing I haven’t seen before. Plus the tech and screen resolution is not something to be wowed about.

      • Mike

        Edgeless on 3 sides which looks better than any other phone that has came out. iPhone still has one inch bumpers all around the screen. I think you need to get your eyes check if you think it looks like the Sony Xperia phone.

      • Rowan09

        So Edgeless means wow? You have to be kidding me if you think this looks so different from an Xperia phone. If you feel this is wow then you are easily impressed.

      • Mike
      • Rowan09

        Dude the Mii just gets rid of the top portion. Regardless just having a edgeless phone is nothing revolutionary. The Device has marginal tech at best and I’m suppose to be wowed by it? Don’t get me wrong it’s a good looking phone, but to make it seem as if it changed the game somehow is just not true. I didn’t even know about this phone at all especially since it’s not in the US.

      • Mike

        Are you drinking too much?

      • Franklin Richards

        I think the last one was the Oneplus One which showed the world you can have a smexy phone for super cheap. After that all the phones have been pretty stale.

    • Michelle

      What the hell are you smoking? They released the note 7 the same time they did the note 5. That entire thing was a bad rumor that logically didn’t make sense.

      • Rowan09

        No they released it I believe 2-3 weeks earlier to 1-up the iPhone 7/7+.

      • ravinigga

        I Heard 2 months earlier

      • Rowan09

        Can’t remember exact time but it was released earlier

    • The King

      Ha. Is that why the iPhone 6 plus has a mother board issue that glitches out the top of the screen and Apple doesn’t admit fault to it? What about the screen pop issues. Or the bars issue that Steve Jobs told people that they are holding their phone wrong? Point being is that this is normal stuff. No phone or company as perfect, and Samsung freaks up all the time. So does Apple, so does Android/Google, etc. Just another day in the smartphone world.

  • Benedict

    They should delay it till Q4 as a direct competitor for the iphone