UPDATE 7/3/2017: Following reports that Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S8 could be delayed by a week, a possible reason or the change has emerged.
Venture Beat’s Evan Blass reported the ‘revised target’ on Monday, claiming the phone would now arrive on April 28, but no explanation was provided.
Now, Blass has followed up his report by tweeting that “low yields” on the new 10nm chipsets powering the Galaxy S8 could be behind the schedule change.
It follows a report from DigiTimes which also claims “yield rates for Samsung’s 10nm process technology have been low affecting production for its own Exynos 8895 and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 chips.”
These chips are widely expected to be powering the upcoming Galaxy S8 and S8+, both of which should be unveiled at a launch event scheduled for March 29.
Original story below:
The release of Samsung’s Galaxy S8 smartphone has been pushed back a week, according to reports on Monday.
The long-awaited release will now come on April 28, Venture Beat reports, while offering no explanation for the ‘revised target.’
Samsung is planning to unveil the S8 and larger S8+ devices at a recently-announced Unpacked event on March 29.
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If the report proves accurate, it would perhaps represent an extra layer of prudence from Samsung following the damaging Galaxy Note 7 issues.
The wait gives the likes of LG, Moto, Huawei and the rest of the chasing pack to gain ground and market share from the Android leader.
The LG G6 – in particular – may benefit from the delayed release. Samsung’s Korean rival confirmed on Monday it has already accepted 40,000 pre-orders in its homeland.
However, such is the importance of the Galaxy S8 release, it’s understandable Samsung would take the extra time to ensure everything is perfect before sending the Galaxy S8 out into the wild.
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