5 new things we know about the Galaxy S8 thanks to the exploding Note 7

Why the next Samsung superphone is going to be a-okay

You can rest assured that the next Samsung device will be subjected to more scrutiny than ever; from rabid phone fans, media types like us and, most importantly, from Samsung itself. 

Samsung's President of Mobile Communications Business, DJ Koh, took to the stage over the weekend to explain what caused the Note 7 to catch fire (it was all the battery's fault apparently), to apologise and (hopefully) close this rather damaging chapter in Samsung's history.

But this press conference was also about moving on and reassuring phone buyers that the next Galaxy will be super hot without being a fire hazard, and a few little tidbits eeked out.

1) The Galaxy S8 will arrive later than expected

Samsung has typically headlined Mobile World Congress with the release of its new flagship phones, but that will not happen this year.

Presumably all of the literal and figurative fire-fighting the company has had to do around the Note 7 has pushed development of the S8 beyond MWC's 27 February start date. All Mr Koh would say on the matter was that his team is currently working on a release schedule.

2) The Samsung phone you've already got is going to be just fine

The Note 7 was an unfortunate incident that’s fortunately isolated. Koh kept emphasizing the fact that every device’s battery is customised for that specific device, from the design to the manufacturing process.

As such, the rest of the Samsung line-up definitely isn't affected. So you can stop eyeing your other Samsung devices with suspicion.

3) Your next Samsung phone won't catch fire

This entire debacle has been enormously embarrassing for Samsung, so it comes as no surprise that making sure it doesn't happen again is very much the priority.

To that end, the batteries of all future devices will be subject to far more thorough quality checks. Samsung has introduced what it's calling the 8-Point Battery Safety Check, which includes everything from disassembly inspections to x-ray tests and large-scale charging and discharging tests to replicate real world usage.

In short, there should be no more nasty surprises.

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