When Samsung released the Galaxy S6 series of smartphones, the company thought that the smaller of the two devices will be more popular among consumers. But it was actually the other way around. Users preferred the Galaxy S6 Edge with its dual-curved screen, despite being more expensive. The same goes for the Galaxy S7 series, as the Edge variant of the high-end device reportedly accounted for around 70 percent of sales.

Based on this data, it’s no wonder that Samsung thinks that the bigger version of its upcoming flagship smartphones will again be more popular on the market this year. According to a report from Naver, the South Korean giant expects that the Galaxy S8 Plus will outperform the Galaxy S8 in terms of sales.

Although we won’t know if Samsung’s predictions are correct or not until we see the first sales results, there are some red flags that need to be addressed. Unlike in previous years, both of the upcoming Galaxy S8 devices will sport a curved screen. What’s more, they might share similar specs, which means that the only major difference between the two will be screen size.

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The Galaxy S8 is expected to come with a 5.8-inch screen while its bigger brother will feature a 6.2-inch screen. This means that the smaller of the two devices will have a bigger display that last year’s Galaxy S7 Edge. Although it is worth mentioning that the smartphone might still be more compact thanks to the smaller bezels around the screen.

Price will also come into play. Users will have to fork out at least an additional $100 if they will want to get their hands on the Plus variant of the Galaxy S8 series. Despite these concerns, Samsung still believes that the deciding factor will be the screen size of the device and that users will rather opt for the bigger Galaxy S8 Plus.

What’s your take on this? Would you buy the bigger and more expensive Galaxy S8 Plus despite the fact that its smaller brother will also sport a curved screen? Let us know your thoughts down below.

  • DaHitman

    “which means that the only major difference between the two will be screen size” – Battery is important to some

    • Stephen Matthew Crew

      It’s a marginal difference in screen size. For someone who works long hours, like myself, battery size is key.

  • RiTCHiE

    Lets hope the s8 will flop so they will add a home buttom on the s9 again.

    • Daggett Beaver |dBz|

      I want a capacitive home button on the front. I hate onscreen buttons.

  • Žarko Korać

    I will wait for S12 plus, because I *need* a 14″ phone.

  • Sohaib Baig

    Does samsung really not realize that people prefer the bigger phone for the bigger battery, not the oversized screen?

    • Daggett Beaver |dBz|

      Can you point me to the scientific survey that led you to that conclusion? I’d love to see the hard data. Nobody asked me, since I care about the large display.

    • Bonedatt

      Apparently they don’t. The number one reason I went with the S7 Edge over the S7 was the 3600mAh battery. Battery life over everything. Samsung isn’t alone in this stupid way of thinking.

  • Dennis Furlan

    This article gets a basic fact wrong. The S6 and S6 edge had the same screen size. In fact, because the curved edge reduces the bezel, the S6 edge was actually smaller than the S6.

  • Ricki

    prefer the bigger screen. Not caring about a curve in the phone.

  • The Doctor

    Good. That means they’ll have more available at launch.

    I won’t get it if it has the same battery size as the regular S8, though.

  • BornRight

    I will still go for the S8 because reduced bulk is important for me.

  • Scr-U-gle
    • Pranav

      what is this?

      • Scr-U-gle

        I took this picture outside Sambooms headquarters in Seoul, where there are continuing protests against Samboom murdering their employees.

  • Glenn Miaa

    i like compact phones, that’s why i got a S7, with those sizes to come, and those prices, i don’t think i’m gonna stick to Samsung, especially with still no android Nougat update (France)….
    Expect Android 8.0 on the S8 for march 2018… ?

  • Mark Smith

    I bought the S6 Edge for its looks not screen size or battery life, as I charge it every day anyway it only needs to survive 24 hours. Generally speaking a smartphone is a smartphone, they all do basically the same thing, the edge screen was the thing that set it apart from the crowd. If anything I’d like it to be smaller, if I need a larger screen for something I’ll break out the tablet… That’s why I bought one.

  • The One

    Ugh! I may be the minority, but the curved screen still feels like a gimmick to me and I would prefer a traditional flat screen. I also want a device to be truly capable of single hand usage. Current 5″+ displays are very difficult to reach all 4 corners without requiring some form of hand gymnastics (unless you’re 6′ or taller). Even with the smaller bezels, I don’t believe the new S8 will be small enough to be considered truly compact.

  • Stephen Matthew Crew

    Let’s think about the potential freebies that will be available at launch.

  • Stretch Dee

    I’m going for the bigger display. I can’t wait. I don’t care what the cost.

    • V-Phuc

      Me too. I want a 12.1″ screen phone. Nothing less for my next phone. BTW, I’d be happy with a 2000 mAh battery since I’d like my phone to be as thin as possible.

      • Happy

        With a wireless charger integrated in your coat. You slide the phone in your pocket and it starts charging.

  • The below doesn’t make sense, the S6 and S6 Edge were the same size.

    “When Samsung released the Galaxy S6 series of smartphones, the company thought that the smaller of the two devices will be more popular among consumers. But it was actually the other way around. Users preferred the Galaxy S6 Edge with its dual-curved screen, despite being more expensive.”.

  • E-Man

    I have the S7 because the S7 Edge was too long for my taste. The S7 is the best phone I’ve ever owned.

    • Ronald

      you haven’t owned many phones obviously

  • Ronald

    S8 ” Plus”…how original

  • Eddie Hicks

    I have the S7 Edge now but I’ll go with the smaller S8 because I really don’t want a phablet. If the small bezels on the Plus keep the footprint close in size to the edge, I may go for it assuming longer battery life. I would keep my S7 Edge for another year but I have an issue with overly sensitive screen on the edges. I hope that will not be an issue with the S8.

  • Choda Boy

    I do prefer a larger FLAT screen, but also prefer a larger battery. I sure hope the Note8 is a winner (for me).