[THE INVESTOR] Samsung Electronics' upcoming flagship smartphone Galaxy S8 received positive reviews during a preview event for select partners during the Mobile World Congress trade show held in Barcelona last week, according to news reports on March 6.
The partners who were invited to the behind-the-scenes event were not allowed to talk about the new device before its official launch scheduled on March 29, but some were spotted outside the venue, calling it “very impressive,” Yonhap News Agency reported.
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The partners were mostly from global telecom carriers. Before entering the venue, they were also required to sign a non-disclosure agreement.
Following the recall of the fire-prone Galaxy Note 7 last year and its own probe into the cause of fires, Samsung has delayed the unveiling event of the S8 by a month compared to usual.
The S8 will be unveiled at separate unpacked events in New York and London on March 29. The phone is expected to hit the market on April 21.
The phone will come in two screen sizes -- 5.8 inches and 6.2 inches. With the larger screen, the fingerprint-scanning physical home button is said to have been shifted to the back of the device
By Kim Young-won (firstname.lastname@example.org)