Samsung Galaxy S8 Development to Delay by Two Weeks as Engineers Focus on Finding the Root of Galaxy Note 7 Fires

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When Samsung Galaxy Note 7 was announced in early August, heavy expectations were placed on the phablet. At release, the phone did not disappoint, with Samsung reporting that it had seen unprecedented demand for the handset.

At some point, the company had to reschedule the shipping of the Galaxy Note 7 to some regions due to the overwhelming demand. But then something weird started happening. All of a sudden, reports started showing up with numerous Galaxy Note 7 units catching fire.

Initially, Samsung thought that the issue had everything to do with the battery units supplied by its own Samsung SDI. As a result, the tech giant decided to recall up to 2.5 million Galaxy Note 7 handsets and instead started shipping new handsets with a battery unit from a different supplier. Well, this did little to help solve the problem as the fire incidences kept on showing up. This was an indicator that something else was the problem and not just the battery supplied by Samsung SDI.

Since then, Samsung has killed the Galaxy Note 7 and up to now, there is no word on what exactly caused the phone to burst into flames. The good thing is that the company has vowed to do everything possible to get to the root of the problem, even if it means delaying the rolling out of the 2017 flagships, but the progress is still not great. In a new report coming from the Wall Street Journal, it appears that Samsung is open to delaying the development of next year’s Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Edge by up to two weeks. This is meant to allow the company engineers more time to work on finding the issue surrounding the Galaxy Note 7.

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At this moment in time, it is hard to tell whether this delayed development of the Galaxy S8 will also mean the launch of the phone is also delayed. However, there should be some implications in the long run, but until then, it is safe to believe that Samsung will stick to its usual schedule and roll out the Galaxy S8 at the MWC 2017 event.

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