Samsung could reveal not one but two Galaxy S8 models including a larger Galaxy S8+ variant with a 6.2-inch display size

Samsung is busy preparing their latest Galaxy S flagship grade smartphone, which is expected to be officially unveiled at the end of the first quarter of 2017. The latest leak shows that there will be two models, the Samsung Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8+. That is: ‘+’ and not ‘plus’ used at the end of the model number.

There will not be separate Edge models of the Galaxy S8, in fact all Galaxy S8 smartphones will feature the curved edge panels. Prolific Twitter tipster, Evan Blass, also known as @evleaks, posted what looks like an official Samsung image (included below) showing the new Galaxy S8+ model designation. Later in his Twitter stream, Blass clarified the sizes of the two rumored new smartphones. The Samsung Galaxy S8 is set to use a 5.8-inch display with a QHD resolution Super AMOLED panel. The Galaxy S8+ will use a slightly larger 6.2-inch Super AMOLED panel of the same resolution.

Since 2011, Samsung has unveiled a new Galaxy S smartphone in the early months of the year, later to be followed by the official unveiling of a Galaxy Note flagship device in the second half of the month. For 2017, it’s unclear if this cycle will continue because 2016’s Samsung Galaxy Note 7 flagship device was beset with battery problems, which culminated in the device first being recalled for replacement and subsequently removed from sale. However, Samsung is said to continue the Galaxy Note smartphone line despite the recent happenings. The failure of the Galaxy Note 7 is seen as the main reason why Samsung might up the display size of the Galaxy S8 to 5.8-inch from previous generation’s 5.1-inch size. Both devices are expected to be powered by the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset and Android Nougat.

Meanwhile, with Samsung set to announce the next generation Galaxy S flagship smartphones near the end of March, we can expect more leaks, rumors and renders of the upcoming devices to spill over the next few weeks.

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SOURCE [Evan Blass on Twitter]

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