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.
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: