Samsung Galaxy Note 7’s fiasco raised speculations on what it would mean for the Note brand. Samsung itself has confirmed that it will be working on a Galaxy Note 8, as it indicated in an upgrade programme announced for users in South Korea. Now noted tipster Evan Blass has tweeted out the model numbers for Samsung’s upcoming flagships for 2017.
According to Blass’ tweet, Samsung will skip SM-G94 model numbers in favour of SM-G950 for the Galaxy S8 series, while Note smartphone will bear model number SM-N950. “Samsung Galaxy S8 models are indeed skipping SM-G94* model numbers, will ship as SM-G950 & SM-G955. Know what else is in the works? SM-N950,” reads the tweet
Interestingly, Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 edge were launched with model numbers SM-G920 and G925 respectively. The Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, on the other hand bear model numbers SM-G930 and SM-G935 respectively. So the next logical step for the company would have been to launch S7’s successor (Galaxy S8) with model number G-940. But according to Evan’s tweet, Samsung is skipping model numbers.
Of course, the Galaxy S8 series will be launching first in 2017. According to leaks in Korean media, Samsung Galaxy S8 will come in 5.7-inch and 6.2-inch display variants. The bigger S8 variant will be bezel-less and won’t have a home button either. Samsung is expected to stick with only a curved screen for the S8, suggest reports.
Check out Evan’s tweet here:
Samsung Galaxy S8 models are indeed skipping SM-G94* model numbers, will ship as SM-G950 & SM-G955. Know what else is in the works? SM-N950.
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) November 9, 2016
Earlier Wall Street Journal had reported that Samsung will delay the Galaxy S8 launch to April, and not introduce the phone at the annual Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
The report also said Samsung is planning a dedicated button on the new device to launch its upcoming AI-powered virtual assistant on the smartphone. Samsung has confirmed it will add the new personal assistant on its flagship smartphone.