Samsung Galaxy S8 news: Company boosts initial production; Bixby to be renamed?

(Reuters/Noor Khamis)Samsung is set to launch their flagship Galaxy S8 smartphone in March and will likely see an increase in production.

In anticipation of a strong market demand, Samsung revved up its initial production for its flagship smartphone.

According to a report from a local Korean publication, The Bell, that was picked up by tech website GMS Arena, the mobile and tech giant has increased its initial production of the Galaxy S8 by almost 40 percent, compared to the number produced for its predecessor, the Galaxy S7, which accounted for 12 million units on its first production salvo.

The report said that the total number of shipments may reach up to 60 million units, which is far higher than the 48 million Galaxy S7 units that were sold. The increase in production, however, may be attributed to the losses they incurred from the Galaxy Note 7, as fans of the problematic model were left to settle for the smaller-screened Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge.

Although the 60 million number is yet to be confirmed by Samsung, what is definite is that the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, which are said to be replacing the Edge model, will sport larger screens. In a recent tweet posted by trusted blogger and phone leaker Evan Blass, he revealed that the Galaxy S8 will come with a 5.8inch QHD screen, while the Galaxy S8+ will showcase a 6.2inch QHD display.

Furthermore, a Samsung official recently confirmed in an interview with Korean news outlet News1 that the Galaxy S8 will be powered by a 3,000mAh battery, while the Galaxy S8+ will get juice from a 3,500mAh one. Despite the new smartphones' bigger screens, these batteries will not be that big in size, the report added.

Additionally, the Galaxy S8's "Bixby" voice assistant may possibly be named "Samsung Hello,' according to Indian Express. The news came after Samsung filed for a trademark in Europe using the said name. "Software that enable block users or computers and mobile devices to access, aggregate, organize and interact with content, information and images and topics of general interest to such users," the filing trademark said.

The Galaxy S8 will miss the Mobile World Congress on February 27, but it is expected to launch on a separate event on March 29 in New York City.

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