Samsung may have a larger “Galaxy S8 Plus” to show off when it unveils its new flagship smartphone in early 2017. A report on Friday suggests that it may launch a Galaxy S8 with the largest screen to ever grace the family. According to Naver, Samsung plans to launch one model with a massive 6-inch display.
One major caveat here, the news comes from Naver, and I’m not quite sure what kind of track record it has for Samsung rumors. I also haven’t heard much in the way of Samsung planning a larger version of the Galaxy S8, outside of the 5-inch and 5.5-inch versions that are already planned to succeed the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge, respectively. The site also said Samsung was considering adding support for an S Pen but ultimately bailed on that and will instead launch a new Galaxy Note later in 2017.
Still very much a rumor
SamMobile, which has a solid track record of reporting Samsung news, isn’t quite sure of what to make of the report. Neither am I. My guess, as was SamMobile‘s, is that Samsung is testing several different versions of the Galaxy S8 and this is one that seems to have bubbled up into the rumor mill. I’m not quite sure I buy it.
Samsung usually announces its Galaxy products during Mobile World Congress at the end of February, with launch either occurring immediately or quickly thereafter. This year, rumors suggest Samsung may wait until April to release the Galaxy S8. It’s possible we’ll still hear more during Mobile World Congress, but don’t expect anything before then.