Samsung might scramble to release the Galaxy S8 earlier to prevent damage from Galaxy Note 7 recall

Samsung might scramble to release the Galaxy S8 earlier to prevent damage from Galaxy Note 7 recall

According to analysts from KB Investment & Securities, Samsung might be pressured to launch its next high-profile smartphone, the tentatively-titled Galaxy S8, earlier than usual in order to offset the losses incurred by recalling the Galaxy Note 7.

Analyst Kim Sang-pyo believes that releasing the Galaxy S8 by the end of next year's first quarter, which has been the Galaxy S flagship phone's traditional launch time over the past few years, may negatively impact Samsung's mobile business in 2017. He also says that an earlier launch would be "the most realistic solution" to dealing with the reputation and financial damage resulting from the recall.

The Galaxy S8 is tipped to come with a curved screen, dual camera, and an iris scanner

The Galaxy S8 is tipped to come with a curved screen, dual camera, and an iris scanner

While the analyst's arguments aren't laid out in the publication, we can see how quickly shifting consumers' attention to a new major product could keep Samsung in a positive light and investors more optimistic. However, many consumers would also be cautious of an earlier than usual launch, fearing that the Galaxy S8 might be rushed and exhibit problems that could have been resolved after more thorough testing.

From Samsung's point of view, pouring resources into the development of a new product would be better money spending than investing in the kind of marketing needed to re-establish the Galaxy Note 7 on the market once again.

Industry sources are saying that Samsung Electronics has already started sourcing curved screens for the rumored Galaxy S8, removing the flat-screen version altogether in favor of "edge" displays. Reportedly, the company wants to establish curved screens as part of the identity of its premium smartphones.

Would you like to see the Galaxy S8 earlier than next March? Tell us what you think of Samsung's situation in the comments section below.

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48 Comments

1. rkoforever90

Posts: 407; Member since: Dec 03, 2011

They better not rush the s8 to the market

34. ikgniw

Posts: 5; Member since: Aug 03, 2016

I think it would be a nice move if they are confident to bring on the table something that can compete with A10 chipset. Also, Note 8 would have some more time to improve from Note 7 and S8, making it a truly beast when it's released. If they are not confident, then no please.

2. DavMor0069

Posts: 266; Member since: Dec 09, 2015

I feel sorry for the Iphone 7/plus

11. Bernoulli

Posts: 4358; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

Why do you feel sorry for them? I may have missed it, but where in the article were they mentioned?

12. BLUEBLASTER

Posts: 904; Member since: Feb 23, 2014

He just likes to troll.

3. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

PA rushing out click bait articles. Samsung will get there releases right going forward. Too much is at stake.

15. Atrixboyyy

Posts: 574; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

There was just an article on AA about how they have a plan to keep current phones safe for people stalling on replacement. This is truly just click bait.

38. bossman

Posts: 264; Member since: Jan 27, 2016

4. athos07m

Posts: 136; Member since: Apr 22, 2012

I really hope this will finally be the 'perfect' know-it-all phone the last couple of Galaxy Ses wanted to be. They only need to refine the S7 edge formula, ironing out the small annoyances this one misses: - scratch resistant home button, - USB 3.1 through Type-C, - more protective edges that have better chance of averting shock from the glass parts, - no glass back, there's a perfect solution for a sturdy back that allows wireless charging: composites, no scratches, good impact resistance, light - and give us back our FM radio! The Note7 almost got it right, if it came in a slightly narrower (5.5", 71mm) package, it would seriously tempt me despite the exorbitant price.

9. Sealblaighter

Posts: 413; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

I agree with you, but saddly there is little chance for the return of FM radio.

16. Atrixboyyy

Posts: 574; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

Radio sucks anyway.

26. monoke

Posts: 1113; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

Radio doesn't suck my friend. U'll catch live pregame, traffic n weekend dj mixes, etc. you sometimes can't find online. Best of all, anything to be had for free never sucks.

28. Atrixboyyy

Posts: 574; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

Nah I'll just stream a digital station, all they do is replay the same stuff let alone the fact the 2016 rap is almost garbage...

32. tedkord

Posts: 17038; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Unfortunately, radio station streaming usually doesn't include the NFL, NHL our MLB games that they're broadcasting over the air, since their license from those entities doesn't include internet streaming. FM radio is a great addition to a phone.

21. aspleme

Posts: 30; Member since: May 18, 2014

We already have the radio on the 7... T-Mobile updated to allow it. It's merely a carrier choice to block it.

22. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1503; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

I think Verizon enabled it to in a recent update.

24. Sealblaighter

Posts: 413; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

I hope Orange will do the same.

44. kevv2288

Posts: 265; Member since: Jul 30, 2015

Just download the app nextradio for fm.

17. Supraman21

Posts: 467; Member since: Jun 09, 2010

I take care of my phones and I haven't dropped one since I was in the 7th grade. You guys need to stop being such a klutz and not do anything stupid with your phone like holding it up with your shoulder when you are talking or having it in your lap while you're driving. Besides your list I would include UFS 2 lane storage rather than the single lane that is currently used. Storage plays a large part in overall system speed and 2 lane will double whats in the 7. Also, I would like to see them finally move away from pentile and use a RGB pixel structure so we actually have a legitimate 1440p screen which would severely reduce the screen door effect on GearVR. Lastly, I would like them to finally implement thishttp://www.phonearena.com/news/Samsungs-new-battery-tech-can-fit-4000-mAh-in-the-size-of-the-Galaxy-S6-juicer_id70882.

5. Hoggington

Posts: 356; Member since: Feb 23, 2016

Samsung may want to take a little extra time with quality control on this one.

6. newbey123

Posts: 696; Member since: Mar 19, 2012

Yeah rush out another phone to try and fix the note 7 disaster. I feel a S8 coming with the new S-Plode feature. Seems they don't learn, just keep rushing crap low quality stuff out.

33. tedkord

Posts: 17038; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I'm pretty sure all you feel is people staring and laughing at you every day.

7. JesseJames

Posts: 225; Member since: Feb 22, 2015

No way I see them rushing out the s8 because of this.

8. Barney_stinson

Posts: 672; Member since: May 30, 2016

be my valentine!!

10. cncrim

Posts: 1530; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

Removable battery Samsung.

30. Rocket

Posts: 613; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

what he said.

13. pipinstine

Posts: 6; Member since: Dec 15, 2015

Rushing will just cause more issues, take your taime to make it right for pitty sake.

19. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Really? So how about they changed the release schedule on. The S6 was brought earlier than normal. So was the Note 5 and S7's. They all were fine. The issue with the Note 7 has nothing to do with releasing it a month earlier than normal. It has to do with using a different supplier who ended up having a falulty component. Any one who would let just one phone, move them to another OEM after owning several phones with no problem is just a pussy. I've owned several Samsung phones, none have given me an issue. Even if the Note 7's I have would have exploded, as long as the carrier/OEM replaces it, I'm sticking with them. This can happen to any company. If Samsung had denied the issue and showed they didn't give a carp, then yes I would drop them like rock. I stand behind anyone who does right as it should be. To stand behind someone who always done wrong is actually who the fools stick with. Name Apple fans. I didn't appreciate Steve Jobs lying to my face and telling me it was my fault. That the way I have always held a phone in my hand is now all of a sudden a problem. Only to out later and tell the truth when sales started taking a dive. I would never support them. Which is why I chose to personally not buy a phone with Qualcomm SnapDragon inside. Which is why I ordered myself the Exynos Note 7. I bought the T-Mobile devices for my wife and daughter. Now I'm using my wife's device. I dont mine its getting return eventually. But it would suck big time if I cant replace it with a Note 7. I dont like the Galaxy S anymore and the S6 Edge+ was the last one I liked. I will use that before I would consider an S7. Rushing doesnt have to be an issue, as long as they check everything, which I am sure they will.

41. Settings

Posts: 2942; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

The fear of your phone exploding will really affect people's buying criteria. It's not like dirt that you can sweep under the rug. It will haunt Samsung in years to come.

45. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

For some people. Not everyone. Have people stopped buying toyotas? Millions of car accidents happen every year. Has it stopped people from buying cars? Planes have crashed. Have people stopped flying? Boat have sank. Have people stopped boating? People have drowned, have been attacked by sharks. Have they stopped going in the water? People have been food poisoned. Has it stopped them from eating? Cigarettes kill people. Has it stopped them from smoking? I will never understand the logic of fans or haters. Yes you are right. Some people will not buy. Just like there will be people who won't fly, won't buy cars. Won't get in water. But it won't be the majority. The fact is, several OEMS have had phones explode for whatever reason. Period. Don't you still by phones? The iPhone has burned people, explodes on a plane, electrocuted people and burned down houses and more. Has it stopped anyone from buying? No. so what exactly is your point?!

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