Samsung Electronics President Koh Dong-jin vowed that the Galaxy S8 will be a smartphone that's both safe and innovative. While speaking to Korean reporters on Tuesday, the company's executive reiterated how battery manufacturers were to blame for the Galaxy Note 7 fiasco, saying that it's his "responsibility" to elaborate on what happened with Samsung's latest phablet before the Seoul-based tech giant unveils the Galaxy S8. Nonetheless, Koh explained how consumers are still demanding smartphones that are both slim and boast large batteries, adding how that kind of innovation is something Samsung won't abandon with the Galaxy S8.
Following the Galaxy Note 7 ordeal, Samsung is now looking to rebuild its image as a leader in smartphone innovation while simultaneously regaining customer trust by delivering products that are perfectly safe, Koh said. Yesterday, the company announced new safety measures that will ensure its future batteries are as efficient as they can be while still being reliable and dependable. The past three generations of the Galaxy S flagship lineup was unveiled at the annual Mobile World Congress in February, but Koh hinted at the possibility of Samsung skipping this year's trade show in Barcelona. The company's President said that the Galaxy S8 will be released after MWC 2017, though he didn't rule out the possibility of the company still unveiling its next flagship at the February event. Recent rumors suggest that Samsung is planning a special unveil event in New York City after MWC 2017 wraps up. While the event was previously said to be held in mid-April, new reports indicate that Samsung may unveil the Galaxy S8 in March while the phone will officially launch in April.
The Galaxy S8 is expected to sport a larger screen than its predecessors while not boasting much larger dimensions in overall. The smartphone will also likely host Bixby, Samsung's upcoming AI assistant that's set to challenge the likes of Google Assistant and Amazon's Alexa. The company will reportedly ditch the traditional home button with the Galaxy S8 and integrate an iris scanner into the device. Finally, Samsung's next flagship will likely be powered by the Exynos 8895 and the Snapdragon 835 in select territories. More information about the Galaxy S8 is bound to follow soon.