Samsung delays Galaxy S8
Samsung delays the development of its Galaxy S8 flagship smartphone Reuters

Samsung's flagship smartphone Galaxy S8 which has so far been rumoured to be launched at the Mobile World Congress in 2017 may be pushed back and launched at a stand-alone event in New York in April.

Korean site Naver reports that Samsung has held off on unveiling the Galaxy S8 at the MWC as its priority is working with external agencies to execute plans and regain consumer confidence in the aftermath of the Galaxy Note 7 fiasco. The company was supposed to release an official statement regarding the Note 7 disaster but has now delayed it until the beginning of next year to wrap up the issue.

Samsung recently held a global strategy meeting at its headquarters in South Korea attended by more than 400 domestic and overseas leaders to chalk out the future.

In addition to that, a few days back mobile chief Koh Dong-jin sent an e-mail to his employees stressing the importance of tightening security with regard to Galaxy S8 leaks. He said the company has already suffered at the hands of Chinese manufacturers in the past who have allegedly tried to rip off Samsung's designs.

Several of Galaxy S8 specifications have been leaked with most sources originating in the supply chains and component manufacturers. Apart from the regular hardware upgrades to be introduced through the device, Samsung is slated to launch its own virtual assistant or AI rumoured to be called 'Bixby'. Samsung will also re-launch its iris scanning technology that made its debut on the Galaxy Note 7 but had to be discontinued owing to safety hazards.