Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 has gone up in smoke, both figuratively and literally, leaving a huge void in the smartphone market this holiday season. After years of following the same release pattern, Samsung has trained consumers to expect a new Note series smartphone each fall. New Notes always feature the latest and greatest specs, including jaw-dropping Super AMOLED displays and a suite of software features that make use of the S Pen stylus. This year, however, a new Note smartphone is nowhere to be found.
Some smartphone shoppers will turn to Apple’s new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus since there are no new Samsung flagships to be found. Others will opt for Google’s Pixel or Pixel XL, or perhaps for a rival smartphone from another Android phone vendor. But not everyone is willing to bail on Samsung and all of the class-leading features its smartphones offer, so many people are waiting for the next-generation Galaxy S8 to arrive before upgrading to a new handset. Well, we have some bad news…
According to a new rumor that just started to make the rounds on Tuesday morning, Samsung’s next-generation Galaxy S8 is going to be an absolute beast. The leak in question suggests that the Galaxy S8 will sport a completely new design with cutting-edge specs and a display that takes up almost all of the phone’s face. Other highlights apparently include a next-generation processor and as much as 8GB of RAM.
All that is good news, so what’s the problem? A recent rumor that gathered some serious steam suggested that Samsung was planning to released the new Galaxy S8 ahead of schedule to help fill the void left by the Note 7’s untimely demise. Fans were excited by the prospect of getting their hands on a sleek redesigned Samsung phone early next year as opposed to having to wait until sometime in March, but Samsung was quick to squash those dreams.
“Currently we do not have any plans to release Galaxy S8 early,” an unnamed Samsung executive told The Electronics Times on Tuesday. “Even before we released Galaxy Note 7, we had a separate plan to announce Galaxy S8. Pushing release date forward all of sudden is something that is realistically impossible.”
The new Galaxy S8 is shaping up to be an impressive phone indeed, but it looks like we still have four or five months to wait before we can finally get our hands on it.