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With the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus, does Samsung still need the Note?

Samsung just announced its new Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus, and while the spotlight is on the company’s new flagships this week, the new S8 also asks the question: does Samsung need a Note 8?

The Galaxy Note has historically been Samsung’s biggest and most expensive smartphones, which typically justifies the extra price tag and stands out from the Galaxy S line in two main ways: the biggest and best screens, and Samsung’s S Pen stylus.

But the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus have essentially eliminated the “larger screen” incentive of the Note. The entire focus on the new models is the massive “infinity display” screens that cover what feels like the entire front of the phone. The smaller S8 already ties last year’s Note with a 5.7-inch screen, and the S8 Plus — at 6.2-inches — practically dwarfs it.

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