Don't expect to see the Samsung Galaxy S8 at MWC 2017 in February

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Samsung has traditionally revealed its Galaxy S flagship smartphones each year at the Mobile World Congress show in Barcelona, but apparently that won’t be the case this time around.

Over the last few weeks, rumours have suggested that the Samsung Galaxy S8 would be skipping MWC 2017, with the company instead eyeing its own exclusive launch event at a later date.

Now, we have an apparent confirmation of that plan – according to Reuters, at its Note 7 press conference on Sunday, Samsung mobile chief Koh Dong-jin seemingly confirmed that the Samsung Galaxy S8 would definitely not be revealed at the MWC event in late February.

While DJ Koh did not reveal a specific date for when the handset would make its debut, his comments do lend some credence to a previous rumour predicting a late March or early April reveal, with a release on April 18.

A delay would be understandable given the importance of this particular handset to Samsung — it being the company’s first flagship launch since its disastrous Galaxy Note 7, which suffered two recalls followed by a complete cancellation after numerous handset explosions were reported. With Samsung today revealing why the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 batteries caught fire and exploded, it makes sense that the South Korean technology giant would err on the side of caution.

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