With such a large display on the S8+, what does Samsung have planned for the Note 8?
We’ve spent quite a bit of time with Samsung’s Galaxy S8 and S8+ today, and the two new devices are probably the best phones that the Korean company has ever made. The S8+ is the most impressive of the two – despite having a display that’s 6.2-inches big, it has a footprint no larger than a 5.5-inch phone.
That begs the question though – what happens to the Galaxy Note series? The whole point of the Note devices when Samsung first introduced the original device back in 2011 was a phone with a big screen. With phones becoming bigger and bigger as time went on, the Note became a less attractive option for people looking for a big-screen phone.
With the Galaxy S8+, Samsung looks to have inadvertently cannibalized demand for their upcoming Note 8 (which is still coming, as far as we know). The Galaxy S8+’s 6.2-inch display is bigger than most other devices in the market today, bigger than the Korean company’s own gigantic A9 Pro. Sure it doesn’t have that fancy S-Pen stylus, but really, how many people who used a Galaxy Note really took advantage of that writing implement anyway?
Samsung could always go the bezel-less route with the Note 8, removing the last vestiges of the upper and lower bezels that’s still present on the S8+. A far bigger panel perhaps like the Mi Mix? A folding display? One thing’s sure – Samsung managed to thoroughly impress us with the Galaxy S8 and S8+ – they’ll really have to step up with the Note 8 if it has any chance of succeeding.