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Samsung’s withdrawal of the Galaxy Note 7 last year, following multiple cases of the devices catching on fire, was a disaster of monumental proportions which has cost the company more than US$5 billion.

If that wasn’t enough, the company’s de facto head continues to be mired in a bribery and embezzlement scandal linked to the ousting of the recently impeached President Park Geun-hye.

With all that in mind, you can bet the folks at Samsung are keeping their fingers crossed for the Wednesday release of the Galaxy S8, the newest installment of their flagship device. The Financial Times writes Sunday on the added bells and whistles on which Samsung’s hope ride.