SEOUL, March 13 (Korea Bizwire) – Samsung Electronics Co. is believed to have conducted the final stage of wireless communication tests for its upcoming Galaxy S8 flagship phone in South Korea, an industry source said Monday.
A model number of “SM-G950F,” believed to be one of the S8 variants under test in the Korean market, has appeared on a Google account, which is being used by Samsung developers, according to the source.
Access through a mobile device to such an account means that a manufacturer has completed development for the device and conducted the final series of communication performances, the source said.
“It is believed that Samsung Electronics is conducting a test for a sample phone to be used for the Internet of Things technology,” the source said.
Samsung plans to unveil the S8 smartphone on March 29 in New York and London.
Announcing the date of the new smartphone at the annual Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona last month, Samsung also said the S8 smartphone will offer a high-quality earphone featuring Harman’s AKG technology.
The earphone would become the first cooperative project between Samsung and Harman since the Korean electronics giant acquired the U.S. audio and automotive electronics company in November last year.
The S8 smartphone follows the company’s Galaxy Note 7 phablet, which was discontinued last year due to battery problems that caused some of the devices to catch fire.