According to a report posted by Forbes, Samsung apparently published a support page for the Galaxy S8 Plus on its official website for the Indian mobile market (the content of the page has since been removed). Although the South Korean phone maker has not confirmed it yet, the support page might be considered by some as a solid sign that Android fans can expect a Galaxy S8 as well as a bigger Galaxy S8 Plus to be launched later this year.
Before that support page became blank, it reportedly show the Galaxy S8 Plus’ model number -- SM-G955D. Some people have observed that by typing the first few characters of that model number into the support page’s search bar, the drop down menu automatically completes the entire model number.
As far as rumors go, there is no shortage of them regarding Samsung’s next flagship devices. Some of the speculation includes a plan by the tech giant to release two new Galaxy S smartphones that both feature display screens that are curved. Of the two flagship smartphones released by the company last year, only the Galaxy S7 Edge had a curved screen. Interestingly, the disastrous Galaxy Note 7 also was curved, although it was eventually discontinued.
Meanwhile, another rumor states that Samsung could be shipping 40 percent more Galaxy S8 devices than it did in the first batch of last year’s Galaxy S7 models, at least according to a report published by The Investor. When the Galaxy S7 devices first launched last year, Samsung shipped 12 million units. But for the Galaxy S8, the company is looking to ship 16 million units. On top of that, the South Korean mobile manufacturer also appears to have increased its Galaxy S8 sales target to 60 million units, which is significantly higher than the 48 million number of Galaxy S units sold.
Is Samsung trying to make up for something? Perhaps, especially when one considers that it was forced to stop selling the Galaxy Note 7 phablet last year. Or maybe, the company is really expecting more people to purchase its flagship devices this time around.
Also, there are reports that Samsung is planning to manufacture 160 million OLED display screens for the iPhone 8, as reported by the Korea Herald. The talk is that Samsung has struck a $4.3 billion deal with its fiercest rival, in order to supply the OLED displays needed for Apple’s upcoming smartphone offerings. The original agreement was for a hundred million displays, but the order has since been upgraded to include an additional 60 million screens. Samsung sure is pretty busy this year.
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