It should come as no surprise that Bell and Virgin are calling it quits on the popular Samsung Galaxy S6 smartphone and giving it the End of Life (EOL) status. The device is pushing on two years old, which is like 50 in phone years, and the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge are now nearing their one-year anniversary while we are on the verge of the new Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus. Early in March 2016, Bell had already put the Galaxy S6 64GB and 128GB models on EOL status when the Galaxy S7 was announced. While it is inevitable to keep last year’s device around to offer at a discount, they eventually need to be cleared out for newer devices coming to Bell such as the 2017 Samsung Galaxy A5, which will also be coming to Telus and Rogers for $499.99 CAD off contract. The Galaxy A5 is certainly not the phone the S6 series represents, but an excellent addition to their line-up of phones. Soon the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge will be last year's models and take the place of the aging S6 series.
The Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge continue to sell well, especially since the Galaxy Note 7 was scrubbed last year after a couple of recalls. These models will continue to be a big part of Canada's smartphone picture as prices drop when the new and more expensive Galaxy S8 series debuts. The older models give customers a chance to get a still high-end device for a price that they can afford. Not everybody needs all the bells and whistles that the new models provide - they want solid performance, a great looking device, for a reasonable amount.
The rumors of a March 29 release of the new Galaxy S8 series promise us larger QHD Super AMOLED curved displays, with 5.7-inch being the smallest and 6.2-inch model the ‘Plus’ size. There should be onscreen buttons making way for smaller bezels, and a fingerprint sensor mounted on the back of the device to the right of the camera lens. Depending on what region you live in, you may get the Snapdragon 835 processor or Samsung’s Exynos 9810 processor. It looks like they will keep 4GB of RAM and expandable internal storage.