Ever since Samsung decided to completely stop selling the disastrous Galaxy Note 7, they turned the focus on the upcoming Galaxy S8; a smartphone slated to debut at the Mobile World Congress 2017. On an interview with Samsung vice chairman and board member Lee Jae-yong, the executive promised that the Galaxy S8 will be equipped with a slick design, improved camera, and better artificial intelligence. What's even more interesting is that Samsung is said to remove the physical home button on the Galaxy S8 and replace it with an optical fingerprint scanner embedded directly on its display.
The executive also debunked rumors that they were expediting the release of the Galaxy S8 to make up for the loss of the Galaxy Note 7. Lee says that the Galaxy S8 will not be released any earlier than the upcoming MWC event to be held on February of next year. To make up for the whole fiasco, Samsung has confirmed rumors that they would be offering an upgrade program to Galaxy Note 7 owners so they could trade in the device for the Galaxy S8 or Galaxy Note 8 and get a discount.
As of this writing, Samsung is still unclear on what caused its Galaxy Note 7 phone batteries to explode. The recall even cost the company over $5 billion. Apart from the recall, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) declared a ban on carrying the Galaxy Note 7 on board flights and even announced that it is already considered a federal crime to do so. Not to mention, they are still dealing with the effects of negative press that could carryover until the end of the year.
Despite this, they are convinced to not let this struggle cause a hindrance for them as they are fully intent on making a comeback with the Galaxy S8. With the Galaxy S8, Samsung intends to take all necessary security measures to make sure that they don't repeat the same mistakes it did with the Galaxy Note 7. And in turn, they could make their customers trust them once again.