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.
Galaxy S8 Release Date
An official Galaxy S8 release date is obviously months away, but based on their track record we have a good idea of what to expect. Each year since the original Galaxy S the release date has been earlier and earlier, with the Galaxy S7 being announced in February and released in March.
For 2017, the Samsung Galaxy S8 will likely be announced at the end of February a day ahead of Mobile World Congress, and released in March. This was exactly how it happened in 2016. There are even leaks from trusted sources saying this already.
Galaxy S8 Features
Rumors surrounding the Galaxy S8 are still few and far between, but more are surely coming soon. Before we begin talking about specs, here are some noteworthy features many users should be excited about.
The first solid report as of late comes from The Investor. Their sources claim the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus will come with a 5.7-inch and 6.2-inch display. Yes, that sounds huge. However, Samsung will employ a bezel-free design, with the front being almost entirely glass. The fingerprint scanner will be embedded inside the glass and will feature on-screen buttons. Keeping the same physical size as the Galaxy S7, but offering huge curved displays with nearly no bezel. It sounds incredible. Our phones won’t be bigger, but the screen certainly will be.
We’ve been hearing everything from a fingerprint and an Iris Eye scanner, 4k resolution display, improved virtual reality, dual cameras and even again the bezel-free design. Some reports believe Samsung will ditch the home button and integrate the fingerprint scanner into the display. We’ve heard this more than once. For an idea of this bezel-free phone with rounded edges, below is a real concept phone by SHARP. This is what Samsung could have in mind.
While the image above doesn’t seem realistic, that’s one of a few products that actually exists. Like the recent Xiaomi Mi Mix. Another report from The Investor quotes Samsung Display researchers talking about a bezel-free phone in 2017. Stating current Galaxy S7 devices have 80% screen and 20% bezel and body. The Galaxy S8 next year could be 90-95% all display. A true bezel-free design with curves not only on the sides, but the top and bottom too.