This yr’s Samsung Galaxy S23 Plus might be the final telephone within the vary, with rumours that Samsung is seeking to drop the Plus choice from subsequent yr’s line-up.
The Elec has issued a submit claiming that Samsung will solely launch two flagship telephones in early 2024: the Samsung Galaxy S24 and the Samsung Galaxy S24 Extremely. Lacking from that duo is the Samsung Galaxy S24 Plus, the super-sized model of the default Galaxy S24.
In response to the South Korean web site, this slimming all the way down to a twin launch displays the “polarisation within the flagship product market” (by way of machine translation) in addition to the “stagnation of your complete smartphone market.”
Drilling down into that somewhat additional, market analysis firm GfK has claimed that world smartphone gross sales have dropped properly beneath the excessive of 1.47 billion items in 2018, which was the yr after Samsung launched its first Plus mannequin. There have been simply 1.23 billion smartphones bought final yr.
One of many large sub-category losers in all this has been the Plus-sized telephone, as shopper both go for extra reasonably priced smaller flagships just like the Samsung Galaxy S22 and the iPhone 14, or luxurious super-sizers just like the Samsung Galaxy S22 Extremely and the iPhone 14 Professional Max.
The report claims that the Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus solely accounted for 17% of all Galaxy S22 gross sales final yr, in comparison with 38% for the Galaxy S22 and 45% for the Galaxy S22 Extremely.
It’s additionally claimed that Samsung is seeking to skinny out its entry-level A-series, doubtlessly dropping the Galaxy A2. Final month we reported on claims that Samsung was seeking to drop the Galaxy A74 and reintroduce the Fan Version vary with the Samsung Galaxy S22 FE, which would seem to again up that time a couple of polarised flagship telephone market.
Benefit from that Samsung Galaxy S23 Plus when it launches in February 1. It might be the final we see of the road, at the least for a few years.