The next Samsung smartphone, scheduled for the month of March 2017, should have a very wide screen and get rid of its home button. It is difficult for Samsung to forget 2016. After a year marked by repeated problems concerning the Galaxy Note 7, a smartphone that was supposed to compete with the iPhone 7, the South Korean manufacturer hopes to regain success in 2017 with new devices.

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Samsung is currently preparing the release of the Galaxy S8. The smartphone should be endowed with several innovations for a Samsung smartphone. For example, its screen will take up the whole surface of the device, almost without borders.

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Samsung is not the first manufacturer to attempt to remove the borders of its smartphone. In October, Chinese Xiaomi presented an almost invisible phone, that is to say, the screen occupying the entire surface of the device, the Mi MIX.  The iPhone 8, expected next year, could also take this direction with a back and a glass front, according to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, KGI Securities.

Samsung has a card to play

This South Korean manufacturer was the pioneer of screens with curved edges, with its Galaxy Edge series. Another innovation, the Galaxy S8 will not have a home button, as is currently the case for other smartphones of the brand.

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It will be replaced by a touch button, which can be pressed on the lower part of the screen. The iPhone 8 could have a similar function. Apple has already modified the home button with the iPhone 7, released in September, switching from mechanical to tactile.

The investigation into Note 7 still in progress

The Samsung Galaxy S8 must theoretically come out in March. Its release could nevertheless be shifted in April, due to strengthened security tests. Samsung does not want to relive a disaster like the one that touched the Note 7. Supposed to be its smartphone star of 2016, the device suffered serious problems with its battery, sometimes causing its explosion.

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Samsung initially tried to downplay the case, then ended up recalling millions of phones. Sales of Note 7 were definitively halted in October. This fiasco could cost the company $ 6 billion, according to Bloomberg Businessweek estimates.

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“One of our most important missions is to offer the best possible quality. Recently, we have failed in this promise. We sincerely apologize, “apologized Samsung in October, through a page of advertising bought in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times and the Washington Post.

The group then promised to “take the time necessary to get the right answers” about these spontaneous combustion. They are not the only ones to investigate.

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The Note 7 battery was too big and did not have enough space on the phone, causing continuous pressure. However, we still hope for the best. Let’s see what Samsung has in store for us in 2017.