Samsung May Showcase Galaxy S8 Before Official Launch

Ever since the plug on the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 was pulled, attention has been shifted to the Samsung Galaxy S8, which is one of the most anticipated handsets of the year and renders of the upcoming device can be found all over the Internet. Initially, the Galaxy S8 was expected to be unveiled at Mobile World Congress (MWC), which is set to take place in February, but recent reports have suggested that Samsung may delay the launch event and instead, hold a dedicated event for its flagship smartphone to be unveiled on April 18 in New York City.

Now, a news outlet called The Investor, is reporting that Samsung may produce a small number of Galaxy S8 units, which will be put on display sometime in February or March. This means it is likely that a few Galaxy S8 units will be spotted at MWC 2017. However, this will not be an official launch, and the device will only begin to be mass produced in March, and will be available for purchase in mid-April, after its unveiling. It is also believed that Samsung will produce a huge sum of an initial 10 million units to be put on sale, after the launch event. An industry source has claimed that Samsung has an ambitious goal to make up for the loss caused by the Galaxy Note 7. The Galaxy series has been Samsung's top seller in the smartphone market every first quarter of the year, ever since its release. Also, the shipment goal for the Galaxy S8 is pretty high, standing at 60 million units, more than the number of shipments for the firms past three flagship smartphones. The Samsung Galaxy S7 sold 48 million, while the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Samsung Galaxy S5 shipped 45 million units each.

With Samsung set to begin mass production of the Galaxy S8 in early March, the company will likely receive its orders for electronic parts sometime in February, which was revealed through production plans sent to suppliers. This includes iris scanner modules from Partron, and from camera lens firm, Sekonix. Other vendors include wireless module maker Samsung Electro-Mechanics and Amotech, both of which will supply radio frequency modules, frequently used for NFC systems.

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