Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge
We love Samsung's Galaxy S6 - the reinvention of its signature smartphone won us over with great looks and even more amazing performance, and the standard and Edge models (both shown) sat 1-2 on our best phone rankings for months.
But for its follow-up act, Samsung might try to split the difference and release the Galaxy S7 Edge in a new, different size from the standard Galaxy S7.
According to Reuters, citing a report from South Korea's Electronic Times newspaper today, Samsung plans to release a standard 5.2in model of the Galaxy S7 along with a 5.5in model of the Galaxy S7 Edge. Given how the curved screen of the Edge makes the phone look a lot sleeker, the difference between the phones shouldn't seem significant at a glance.
The report, based on information provided by unnamed sources, also claims that Samsung plans a pretty conservative production run for the first batch, ordering about 5 million total devices between the two. Although demand for the S6 Edge seemed larger than Samsung's initial stock, the report says Samsung plans to make about twice as many Galaxy S7 phones as Galaxy S7 Edge devices right out of the gate.
Strong as recent Samsung flagships have been, they're falling behind rival Apple's iPhones in sales. Will this move, and perhaps creating a little more eager demand from scarce supply, help close the gap again?
We should find out soon, as this report and others in recent months point to February 2016 as the launch target.