Samsung (SSNLF) will unveil its Galaxy S8 smartphone this Wednesday, March 29 at an event in New York City. The company is looking to move on from its Galaxy Note 7 disaster from late 2016 in which reports of exploding phones led to the model being banned on all U.S. flights.
In January, Samsung released a report saying the explosions were due to battery issues from two different manufacturers and explained steps the company would be taking to prevent a repeat of the mishap. Some reports, including one from Bloomberg, suggested that the problems may have been partially a result of Samsung rushing to get the phone to market in August ahead of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus release on Sept. 16.
The S series from Samsung was last updated in March 2016 with the S7 and S7 Edge, which received generally positive reviews and boasted 52 million unit shipments in 2016.
The Galaxy S8 is expected to come in two models, a standard S8 and a larger S8+. The phones will include features from the S7, such as water and dust resistance and some features from the infamous Note 7, such as an eye scanner that lets you unlock your phone, apps and other folders. Samsung knows that if it really wants to win, it needs to introduce features that will one-up Apple's (AAPL) - Get Report iPhone 7 and 7 Plus and perhaps even the rumored specs for the iPhone 8, due out this September.
The phone is expected to go on sale April 21. KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is expecting Samsung to ship 40 million to 45 million S8/S8+ units in 2017.
The bulk of the S8/S8+ specs have already been leaked to the public through both Kuo earlier in March and German tech website WinFuture this past weekend. To see what new features you can expect on the new S series models coming out next week, as well as some leaked photos of the phones, keep reading.
Editors' pick: Originally published March 23.