comscore Samsung Galaxy S8 could feature 6.2-inch display to appeal to Galaxy Note 7 owners: Report

Samsung Galaxy S8 could feature 6.2-inch display to appeal to Galaxy Note 7 owners: Report

The upcoming Samsung Galaxy S8 smartphone is expected to come in two variants with 5.5-inch display and 6.2-inch display. The larger variant is aimed at appealing to Galaxy Note 7-like phablet lovers.


In the aftermath of the Galaxy Note 7 battery fiasco, Samsung is reportedly going to boost the display size of its upcoming Galaxy S8 flagship smartphone to appeal to consumers who owned the vulnerable phablet and had to return it to the company as part of its global recall. The South Korea-based manufacturer has been embroiled in a massive controversy after its flagship Galaxy Note 7 face battery issues leading to combustion. As a result, Samsung had to officially kill the sales and production of the device. With a significant damage to reputation and sales, Samsung is betting its hope on the next Galaxy flagship smartphone — dubbed Galaxy S8. Also Read - Samsung Galaxy A03 with 48MP camera, 5,000mAh battery announced

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The Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge have been one of the most popular smartphones this year. The company had similar expectations for its Galaxy Note 7 as well. Now a lot of speculations are surrounding the upcoming Galaxy S8, which is hoped to restore Samsung s lost glory. According to a report on The Investor, the Galaxy S8 will come in a plus-sized variant especially targeted at those who loved their Galaxy Note 7 but had to return it. The purported smartphone will now come in two sizes of 5.5-inches and 6.2-inches. The larger variant, presumably higher-priced, will feature a new bezel-less screen. The predecessor Galaxy S7 features a 5.1-inch display and the Galaxy S7 Edge has a 5.7-inch display. While the display size will increase, Samsung could use edge-to-edge screen for both the variants to allow the overall size of the smartphones to remain similar to previous models. Also Read - Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra camera details tipped: All you need to know

With a change in display sizes, the smartphone maker is further expected to change the name of the upcoming smartphones. It is expected that Samsung will be calling them Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus, a move synonymous with the naming strategy followed by rival Apple for its iPhones. In terms of other design improvements, it is further speculated that in order to boost the display size, Samsung could also ditch the home button on the bottom. ALSO READ: Samsung Galaxy S8 could look a lot like Xiaomi Mi MIX with bezel-less display

Reports indicate that Samsung will begin testing the successor to the Galaxy S7 line up in January with an official release scheduled for March. The purported Galaxy S8 smartphone will come with an ultra HD display and come powered by Qualcomm s Snapdragon 830 SoC paired with 6GB of RAM while the premium variant could be powered by Samsung s Exynos 8895 SoC paired with up to 8GB RAM. Akin to the latest Apple iPhone 7 Plus, the Galaxy S8 too could bring in the dual-camera module in its premium variant, which is likely to be engineered by SEMCO. With a pair of 16-megapixel rear cameras and an 8-megapixel selfie shooter, the Galaxy S8 Plus could further pack a 4,200mAh battery, feature an iris scanner, wireless and rapid charging, and built-in mini projector.

The upcoming flagship smartphone is further expected to continue with the same water and dust resistant capabilities as the predecessor. The Galaxy S8 is also expected to come with S-Pen support and bring Apple s Siri-like Viv AI digital assistant. ALSO READ: Samsung Galaxy S8 could feature a 5.5-inch dual-edge curved 4K display, Exynos 8895 SoC, 6GB of RAM

Meanwhile, noted tipster, Evan Blass, has hinted that the new Samsung Galaxy S8 models will skip the chronological model numbers and will ship as SM-G950 and SM-G955. The Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge came with SM-G930 and SM-G935 model numbers. Other than a change in model numbers, Blass further revealed that there is another device in the making which carries a model number SM-N950. Now this makes us wonder if the mysterious device is indeed a new Note device, which hopefully Samsung will furnish with non-combusting batteries.

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  • Published Date: November 10, 2016 12:00 PM IST
  • Updated Date: November 10, 2016 12:46 PM IST

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