Fresh rumours emerged on Thursday in a tweet from the reliable gadgets leaker Evan Blass that suggest the Galaxy S8+ will have a huge 6.2-inch display, which reinforces previous rumours from The Guardian.
The S8+ is the larger of the two models Samsung is expected to announce during an event in March, separate of MWC, when the company usually announces its Galaxy S smartphones.
A 6.2-inch display is massive. Most large phones, like the iPhone 7 Plus, Galaxy S7 Edge, and Google Pixel XL have a 5.5-inch display, and some have 5.7-inch screens, like the LG V20, which is where most phone makers seem to draw the line.
If you want an idea of just how large a 6.2-inch display is, think back to the 2014 Motorola Nexus 6, which had a 6-inch display.
The Nexus 6’s large screen made for a comparatively huge device that was hard to use when holding the phone with one hand, which was mostly due to its width. The phone had a height of 6.3 inches and a width of 3.3 inches, which made it hard to reach on-screen items with your thumbs, especially those items located on the top corners of the screen.
The Galaxy S7 Edge, with a 5.5-inch screen, has a height of 6 inches and a width of 2.85 inches, which is more manageable for one-handed use.
Yet, while the Galaxy S8+ could have a huge 6.2-inch screen that’s bigger than the Nexus 6’s , the Galaxy S8+ may not be as hard to use as the Nexus 6.
The phone’s overall size is rumoured to be about the same size as the Galaxy S7 Edge. That’s because Samsung is rumoured to reduce the size of the top and bottom bezels on the Galaxy S8, which allows for a taller screen.
Indeed, the Galaxy S8 line is rumoured to have an aspect ratio of 18.5:9 instead of the usual 16:9 aspect ratio we’ve seen on previous Galaxy S devices, according to a recent Venture Beat report. That means the Galaxy S8 could have a taller screen instead of a wider one.
As such, the Galaxy S8’s dimensions wouldn’t make it as hard to use as the Nexus 6.
Other specs leaked in Blass’ tweet indicate that the Galaxy S8 will have similar ingredients that made the Galaxy S7 one of the best smartphones you can buy. Those ingredients include a class-leading 12-megapixel camera, wireless charging, and water-resistance.
As reliable as the sources are, any details about the upcoming Samsung flagship smartphone should be considered as rumours and not fact until Samsung makes the announcement. We’re expecting the company to announce the Galaxy S8 in March 29 — which is a rumour in and of itself.