There’s no denying that the current Galaxy Note was one of the most sought after smartphones ever, and is also one of the most hated. The hype surrounding the Galaxy Note 7 was quite impressive, almost as impressive as the heat it left behind. But coming up looks to be the new and improved Phablet with the newest rumors suggesting either a foldable concept, or dual screens.
The new Samsung Galaxy Note 8 rumors suggest we’ll see either one or the others as many believe the Korean manufacturer is looking to go big, or go home. Many believed Samsung would bury the Phablet which has become one of their most popular flagships, but with the controversy surrounding the Note 7 it’s easy to understand why.
The latest rumors suggest Sammy will be looking to launch not one, but two variants of the Galaxy Note 8. The first, which would be launched during the summer of 3017 would feature a true foldable display. After assessing market interest, a second variant which may or may not be called the Note 8 would launch with two independent screens with an OLED display.
Samsung has become no stranger with launching innovative handsets with the Galaxy Round which featured a curved display in 2013 and the Galaxy Note Edge in 201 which featured the edge controls. We’ve been hearing Sammy has been looking into a foldable concept, and all but confirmed the notion that it’s coming in a statement made a couple of years ago, but no timeframe as to when.
Flatter Isn’t Necessarily Better
Samsung is said to be slowly fazing the flat screens which has been seen in the current version of the S7 and Note 7. New rumors are coming in suggesting the flat displays will be replaced by a dual edged concept and will be seen across all 2017 flagships starting with the Galaxy S8 early 2017. Essentially, the S7 concept will be replaced with a single model featuring a dual edged screen available in 5.7 and 6.2-inches respectively.
There’s a lot of uncertainty how consumers will react to this as there has become quite a loyal following for the flat displays seen in the Galaxy S series. Despite the success of the Galaxy Edge concept, many analysts believe this will give other manufacturers such as LG, HTC, and Google more of a market share with consumers wanting the flat, over the curved edged display.
Samsung isn’t the only premium manufacturer looking to migrate from flat to curved in 2017. We’re also hearing that both Huawei, Vivo, Apple, LG, and Xiaomi are all looking at curved displays with upcoming flagships, although this has yet to be confirmed.
We do know that Sammy intends on bringing back the headphone jack while also debuting a 4K resolution display, dedicated button and AI assistant in the Galaxy S8.