Samsung is expected to launch two Galaxy S8 versions next year, including a regular model and a phablet-sized Plus model. A new report claims the Galaxy S8 Plus will sport a massive 6-inch display that thrusts it right into tablet territory. Google’s Nexus 6 phone had a 6-inch screen that not many people liked. But Samsung’s 6-inch Galaxy S8 Plus might be more pocket-friendly thanks to that rumored all-screen design of the handset.
Samsung is said to be eliminating most of the top and bottom bezels on its next-generation Galaxy S phone, which would let it increase the display ratio of the phone to more than 90%. That means a 6-inch display may find a home in a reasonably sized phablet. We recently told you about a crazy “Beast Mode” feature rumored to be hitting next year’s Galaxy S8, and now this is another area where Samsung might outshine Apple in 2017.
Korean site Naver says that Samsung will be the first company to equip a flagship handset with a 6-inch display. That’s true if you ignore the Nexus 6 that launched in 2014. The report also says that Samsung considered launching the Galaxy S8 Plus with a stylus, but that’s not happening. Galaxy Note fans will have to wait for the second half of 2017 to get a built-in stylus.
Naver also says the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus will ship with a voice controlled assistant with advanced artificial intelligence. Some reports claimed recently that Google may prevent Samsung from adding AI to the Galaxy S8 since it would compete against Google Assistant.
The report also cites a recent Goldman Sachs note that said the Galaxy S8 will be up to 20% more expensive than the Galaxy S7.
Samsung may unveil the Galaxy S8 in late February at MWC 2017 in Spain, according to some reports. Meanwhile, other reports have said that the new flagship phone will be unveiled in April during a special Unpacked event.