Samsung is prepping a larger Galaxy S8 model called the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus…
In a bid to undo the damage done by the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 debacle, Samsung plans on hitting back big time in 2017 with a new, larger model of the Galaxy S8 called the Galaxy S8 Plus.
This means, in 2017, there will be two Galaxy S8 handsets: the standard Galaxy S8 and the new Galaxy S8 Plus. Both models will feature EDGE displays and, thanks to new design and display technology, will feature a bezel-less design so the overall size of the handset should not be much bigger than current Galaxy S7 models.
The standard Galaxy S8 will feature a 5.7in OLED display, while the Galaxy S8 Plus will pack in a larger 6.2in panel. But – and this is the kicker – the overall size will not be impacted too much by the inclusion of what is a very large panel, thanks to new design language that will see Samsung eradicate bezels from the handset’s design. Think something like this.
Interestingly, Apple is expected to be doing something similar with its iPhone 8 models in 2017. Both models will apparently feature an all-touch front panel with the Home key embedded inside the new OLED display. This will open up lots more room for display and create a more engaging viewing experience.
Speaking personally, I’d like to see Samsung add in some additional features to its Galaxy S8 Plus. Not just make it bigger and charge more, as the company has done in the past. One angle area where Samsung could up the ante is with regards to display. The company has discussed 4K panels in the past, as well as how important they are to VR, so, this is one potential area where the Galaxy S8 Plus could take the lead from its smaller counterpart.
The handset is larger, so it could use a larger battery. Now, this doesn’t mean battery performance would be stellar, as 4K would be extremely tasking on even a 4000mAh cell. Still, it is a potential – and, importantly, something Samsung has discussed in the past. UHD panels will come to mobile, it’s just a question of when and we all know how much Samsung likes being first to market with new technology.
“Samsung showed off its new display at the Display Week conference in San Francisco,” reports TR. “The display measures 5.5 inches and boasts a resolution of 2160 x 3840, which is an insane 806 pixels per inch. Samsung’s current Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge flagship phones boast quad HD resolutions (1440 x 2560), but an upcoming Samsung device may get the 4K treatment, like the next Galaxy Note.”
File this one under: potential.
There is also talk about the Galaxy S8 Plus featuring Samsung’s, usually Note-exclusive, S-Pen stylus. If so, this would be the first time that feature has come to a phone outside of Samsung’s Note series, and while multiple reports have suggested Samsung may discontinue its Note series, I personally do not see that happening. Adding the S-Pen to the Galaxy S8 Plus could just be a way of sweetening the deal for potential buyers.
“Samsung is already rumored to be working on two distinct versions of the Galaxy S8 next quarter,” notes BGR, “ including a regular model and a ‘Plus’ phablet. The larger device may come with a dual rear camera just like the iPhone 7 Plus and a 4K display. TechTastic speculates that the model could also house an S Pen stylus. If that’s the case, a 5.5-inch Galaxy S8 Plus could effectively replace the Galaxy Note 8 that would’ve been released next August.”
The Galaxy Note 7 was a disaster, of epic proportions, but things like this happen ALL the time in the automotive world, where mass recalls are commonplace. I do not see, for a second, any logic in killing off the Note brand. Next to Samsung’s Galaxy S series, the Note brand is the company’s biggest and brightest brands. In fact, for me, the Note is always more exciting than Samsung’s Galaxy S releases, which are usually considered its flagship products.
So why is Samsung making a new Plus model Galaxy S8? Simple: it wants to win back disgruntled Galaxy Note 7 users early on in 2017. How Samsung will differentiate the two models remains to be seen, but given the lack of interest in its Galaxy S6 EDGE+ handset it seems likely the larger, more costly phone will have to feature a couple of interesting USPs in order to encourage adoption.
Other notable features said to be inside the Galaxy S8 are Viv, Samsung’s new digital assistant technology, a dual-lens camera, new processor technology, improved RAM, Android Nougat, and improved optimisation for overall better performance and stronger battery life.
Here’s the official line on VIV from the people that made it:
“Viv is an artificial intelligence platform that enables developers to distribute their products through an intelligent, conversational interface. It’s the simplest way for the world to interact with devices, services and things everywhere. Viv is taught by the world, knows more than it is taught, and learns every day.”
You can check out a video demo of VIV in action below.
When will these phones launch? That’s the million dollar question. But given the damage the Galaxy Note 7 has caused to Samsung’s bottomline, the company will almost certainly push for an early release in order to quell the damage caused by the Galaxy Note 7 being taken out of contention in 2016.
Beyond this, Samsung has also confirmed that the Galaxy Note range will return in 2017. Between now and then we have the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus to look forward to, as well as new releases from LG, HTC and, potentially, Nokia….
What do you want to see inside the new Galaxy S8?
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