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Samsung Galaxy S8

Samsung Galaxy S8 Launch Botched By Another Fire

A retail outlet in Singapore catches on fire
Apple's Competitors
March 29, 2017

Samsung Electronics can’t catch a break. On the day before it announced the Samsung Galaxy S8, the South Korean company must deal with another fire incident. On Tuesday, March 28, a fire broke out at the Samsung Experience Store in AMK Hub in Singapore, according to Channel News Asia.

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No one was hurt by the fire, which was put out by sprinklers. However, the location remains closed for “safety reasons and cleaning.”

The company notes:

We are currently assessing the property damage and working closely with the authorities to determine the cause of the fire. The store will remain temporarily closed during this period. We sincerely regret any inconvenience caused.

Last fall, Samsung was forced to end production on the company’s Galaxy Note 7 handset amid reports of self-combusting and exploding units. Many of those same handsets, 4.3 million in total, might now reenter the market in some countries as “refurbished.”

Earlier today, Samsung revealed its new flagship device. The Samsung Galaxy S8, which will take on the iPhone 7/7s, is available for preorder tomorrow, March 30. Shipments in the U.S. begin on April 21.

At launch, there will be two versions of the Galaxy S8: the standard Galaxy S8 with a 5.8-inch screen and the larger S8 Plus with a 6.2-inch screen.

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