Recent rumours suggested that Samsung’s response to the Galaxy Note 7 trouble would be to rush the Galaxy S8 -- a ridiculous move, considering that very tactic is being blamed for the predicament it’s currently in -- but new reports thankfully appear to shut that down.
The latest gossip suggests the follow-up to the S7 will launch on February 26th. That’s a day before MWC 2017 kicks off, and right on schedule. According to Ricciolo, that date’s set in stone.
— Ricciolo (@Ricciolo1) October 8, 2016
The S7 and S7 Edge are fantastic handsets, but Samsung’s reputation has taken a battering over the past several weeks, and deservedly so.
‘Safe’ replacement Note 7 models have now started catching fire, with the most recent victim reporting that the company tried to take possession of his phone. After he refused, a Samsung exec accidentally texted him, “Just now got this. I can try and slow him down if we think it will matter, or we just let him do what he keeps threatening to do and see if he does it.”
This also happened.
Cabin announcement on tonight's flight: "I need all Samsung devices turned off. Don't blame me, you should have bought Apple instead."
— Dave Addey (@daveaddey) October 8, 2016
The South Korean behemoth has now temporarily suspended production of the handset. [Twitter]