The rumor bandwagon is once again up and spinning for the Samsung Galaxy S8, with sources touting the phone’s display being as large as the infamous Galaxy Note 7 for one of the two models, with the second model sporting even larger display size.
The rumor, which originates straight out of South Korea, talks about Samsung looking to introduce the Galaxy S8 in two different screen sizes just like the current Galaxy S7/S7 Edge, but with the screen sizes increased to 5.7 and 6.2 inches. With these screen sizes in mind, it appears that the rumor may not be entirely off considering recent Samsung events.
With the Galaxy Note 7 having suffered an embarrassing series of withdrawal from the market following a number of self-combusting cases, there appears to be a belief amongst tech pundits that Samsung could be looking to drop the ‘Note’ line-up of phones altogether following an irreparable damage to the Note brand. Thus, a move by Samsung to offer a 5.7-inch Galaxy S8 would cater for Galaxy Note aspirants.
As for the 6.2-inch Galaxy S8, there is no doubt that Samsung would be looking to compensate for the Note 7 fiasco, and as such would like to offer something extra with the 6.2-inch model of Galaxy S8.
Of course, it will be interesting to see how consumers of the current Galaxy S lineup will react to a 5.7-inch or 6.2-inch Galaxy S8. While we would expect the phone size to be drastically increased, especially with the larger 6.2-inch model, Samsung has done well when it has come to screen-to-body ratio of its smartphones, and if the recent launch of the Xiaomi Mi Mix is anything to go by, Samsung could reveal an edge-to-edge display on the S8 lineup with almost zero bezel just like Xiaomi’s offering.
Speaking of displays, both the above mentioned Galaxy S8 models are expected to pack Edge displays, with resolution increased from 2K to 4K as Samsung is looking to further advance its VR experience. There are also rumors of the phone packing a dual-lens camera setup just like the iPhone 7 Plus, but it could be exclusive to the larger 6.2-inch model.
There’s also talk about Samsung pulling the 3.5mm headphone jack from the S8, while more ambitious rumors also suggest the embedding of a Home button / fingerprint scanner right into the display itself, just like what Apple is rumored to do with iPhone 8.
As for availability, Samsung reportedly isn’t rushing its next flagship lineup, which is to be expected given the Note 7 fiasco, and as such Galaxy S8 is rumored to launch in March 2017.