Reliable leakster Evan Blass has confirmed the model numbers of Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Edge flagship smartphones. The Galaxy S8 will carry the model number SM-G950, while the Galaxy S8 Edge will carry the model number SM-G955. This confirms an earlier report from SamMobile in September, which also revealed the “Project Dream” codename for the Galaxy S8.
Interestingly, Blass also mentioned in his tweet that Samsung is working on the SM-N950, which suggests that there will be a Galaxy Note 8 after all. After the Galaxy Note 7 was permanently discontinued, it was speculated that Samsung may choose to discontinue the Galaxy Note line entirely, focusing only on the Galaxy S flagships. However, if Blass is right, a Galaxy flagship with an S-Pen is definitely coming next year, although it remains to be seen if Samsung will stick with the “Note” branding for it.
Ex-owners of the Galaxy Note 7 won’t have to wait until the end of 2017 for a worthy replacement however, as Samsung is rumored to increase the display size from 5.1-inches to 5.7-inches on the Galaxy S8 and from 5.5-inch to 6.2” in the Galaxy S8’s case. The two smartphones are also rumored to sport a high screen-to-body ratio of about 90%, which means despite the increase in display size, they will not be much larger than their predecessors in terms of overall dimensions. Both models are expected to launch in April next year, owing to more stringent pre-release testing at Samsung after the Galaxy Note 7 fiasco.