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A customer uses his Samsung Electronics' Galaxy Note 7 as he waits for an exchange at company's headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, October 13, 2016. Reuters/Kim Hong-Ji

Samsung has confirmed that it is developing a more innovative, safer and better Galaxy Note 8, putting an end to all speculations that the company may discontinue the Note line after the Galaxy Note 7 disaster. Samsung Galaxy S8 is yet another highly-anticipated smartphone that is about to be released soon but not at the MWC 2017. While a comparison between the Galaxy S8 and Apple iPhone 8 and Galaxy Note 8 and iPhone 8 are imminent, it will be interesting to see how the Galaxy Note 8 fares against the Galaxy S8. Moreover, iPhone 8 will love to see the two battle it out.

Numerous reports and leaks have suggested various specs and features but none have been confirmed yet by Samsung. The Galaxy S8 is expected to be released on March 29 as pointed by well known tipster Evan Blass. It will then go on sale from April 21. According to Wall Street Journal, Samsung is delaying the release because of the Galaxy Note 7 problem as the company wants to be doubly sure about its batteries and other safety issues before releasing. Samsung in general releases smartphones at MWC.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is expected in fall but might get delayed further. A BGR reported a leak that stated that the Galaxy S8’s starting price could be US$849 (AU$1,120 approx) and it will be released in two sizes, 5.8-inch and 6.2-inch. Earlier reports had talked about the Galaxy S8 price to be €100 (AU$140 approx) more than Samsung Galaxy S7 in Europe. The 6.2-inch model is expected to be priced at around €899 (AU$1,300 approx). None of these figures are confirmed and are mere speculations.

Even though the Galaxy Note 8 price is not available, experts believe Samsung may go with the same price as the Note 7, believes Tech.Mic. There were rumours that the Galaxy S8 will get a built-in Stylus but this seems unlikely. Instead, the S Pen could be available as an optional accessory. At least one of the two devices, Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8, is expected to support the S Pen. Both S8 and Note 8 may also adopt the Iris scanning biometric technology. However, the scanner was discontinued in the Note 7.

Reuters had claimed back in 2016 that Samsung Galaxy S8 will launch with an artificial intelligence digital assistant service. It may even have a dedicated button for this service. It is still unknown whether the 3.5mm headphone jack will be present in the Galaxy Note and S8 devices.

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