All eyes are on Samsung after the massive Galaxy Note 7 recall. And we presume that the South Korean giant will do its best to deliver a high-quality flagship next year, in order to make up for the Note 7 both in terms of company image and finances.

We’ve seen plenty of rumors, regarding the Galaxy S8 and the Wall Street Journal recently speculated that its release might be pushed for April. This would be a minor change in Samsung’s previous timeline, since the company usually announces its flagships at MWC in Barcelona and launches said phones in March.

New rumors suggest that WSJ could be wrong, though. An unnamed source among Samsung’s key suppliers disclosed to The Investor that they’re expected to provide initial component batches in January, which could mean that this is when Samsung plans to start the Galaxy S8 tests. The same tipster said that full volume shipments will begin in February, so Samsung will have plenty of time to prepare for a March release, if it chooses to do so.

This was confirmed by another anonymous source, once again from Samsung’s suppliers. “Considering the parts supplies, the phone launch could come in March as usual, unlike an earlier report by the Wall Street Journal,” he was quoted saying for The Investor.

With so much on the table, Samsung has a tough task ahead. And with everyone watching, this could be the make or break moment for the company. We honestly doubt that consumers would tolerate a second disastrous release, so we keep our fingers crossed for Samsung next year.

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