Things are going to be a little different next year for Android’s biggest supporter.
A report from
Naver, a publication with a strong track record of Samsung-related plans, says it won’t be an Barcelona-based event at MWC 2017 where the next flagship debuts. It’ll actually be months later in New York City when we see the Galaxy S8 for the first time. The report points to a New York City-based event in April for the phone to launch globally.
Samsung wants its image to relax before another major product launch because of the Galaxy Note 7 scandal from a few months ago. Makes sense, right? Sure does to us.
This report, if true, would mean a departure from Samsung’s three-year streak of launching its flagships in Barcelona at MWC; however, it wouldn’t be the first time one was unveiled in New York City.
The Galaxy S4 was introduced at a Broadway-themed event in New York City almost four years ago. Both the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy Note 7, too, launched in the Big Apple. So doing events in New York City is nothing new for Samsung. It allows the company to get media members from around the world into a single place for an important product’s launch.
Venues like Alice Tully Hall at the Lincoln Center and the Hammerstein Ballroom, previously used by the company, would be excellent fits.
It was first reported that Samsung would introduce us to the Galaxy S8 at MWC 2017 on February 26. Now that there are conflicting reports, which isn’t any surprise to us, we’ll just have to wait it out and see what happens. Though, it does seem more likely that Samsung would push the launch of its next flagship to compensate for the scandal that rattled the company in the second half of 2016.