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The 'Galaxy X' is rumoured to be Samsung's foldable smartphone prototype

The 'Galaxy X' is rumoured to be Samsung's foldable smartphone prototype

During an event on March 29, Samsung covered the entire Times Square in NY with ads promoting the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus. The stock price of Samsung climbed 1.24% to around 2.1 million won per share in South Korea on Thursday, April 13.

Those who pre-ordered the Samsung Galaxy S8 from the carrier have received a text message saying they will start shipping the devices on April 19, just two days before the actual release date of the newest smartphone.

Remember that this sale of Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus handsets will be on sale up to April 28. Following the recall and discontinuation of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, the Galaxy S8 is the new flagship smartphone for Samsung.

Looks like the Note 7 battery fiasco is well behind Samsung and its customers alike.

To combat lingering fears over the phone exploding or catching fire on its own - due to the Note7 - Koh said the company tested more than 200,000 samples of the problematic phablet to find the cause and applied the least conventional measures to guarantee safety.

Samsung announced Bixby alongside the Galaxy S8 as one of the phone's most important features. This new development is an indication of Samsung's attempt to gain experience in voice assistants after it acquired Viv Labs last October. A report stemming from The Verge indicates Samsung aims to bring foldable devices to the consumer market by 2019. "Bixby Voice will be available in the United States on the Galaxy S8 later this spring".

All that said, it's probably far too early to accurately gauge how the impending iPhone 8 vs Galaxy S8 battle will play out. Technology enthusiasts considered the device as a very strong competitor and included it in their list of best smartphones this year. "Although we have had a hard time over the past two years in the market, we believe Chinese consumers will react to and recognize good products", Koh told reporters in South Korea, according to local news site The Korea Herald.

In fact, in 2017, the company's operating profit is expected to increase by 61 percent when compared with the year before.

"The news about the S8 is very positive at this point, though we have to see how numerous pre-orders translate into sales", said Kiranjeet Kaur, research manager for client devices at IDC Asia Pacific.

It took Toyota about four years for its brand to get back to where it was, and I think ours can do it faster.


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