Now That There’s A Galaxy S8+, What Happens To The Note Series?

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.

John Nieves

John is a veteran technology and gadget journalist with more than 10 years of experience both in print and online. When not writing about technology, he frequently gets lost in the boonies playing soldier.

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One Comment

  1. I read somewhere that Samsung is developing a folding phone called Galaxy X. Well, in mathematics world, the X is something unknown. Is this the Note 8?

    Its not really surprising to see an AMOLED or OLED screen folded since they are made of organic materials and, hence, flexible.

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