With Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge shipping with model numbers SM-G930 and SM-G935, respectively, many expected Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus to ship with model numbers SM-G940 and SM-G945, respectively.
However, this will not be the case thanks to some weird beliefs among the people of China, Korea and a larger part of the Asian continent. As it is, the regions do everything possible to stay away from anything associated with the number four. The locals believe that this number brings bad luck thanks to the fact that the local pronunciation of the number 4 resembles that of death. As a result, they tend to avoid any instances of using the number, especially in public places such as hotels (table and rooms’ numbers), buildings (floors) and so on.
Apparently, Samsung, being a company that is based in a region where this belief is as strong as ever, will be taking the same direction with the numbering of its upcoming Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus phones. According to the latest developments, the former will come with a model number SM-G9500 for the Chinese market and SM-G950X for the international market, where the X will be replaced by different letters depending on the region or carrier carrying the phone. On the other hand, the latter will come with model number SM-G9550 for the Chinese market and SM-G955X for the international market. Like the S8, the international variant of the S8 Plus will pick a different letter to replace the X in the leaked model number, depending on the region and carrier.
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— 萌萌的电教 (@mmddj_china) January 16, 2017
Although not confirmed, these are the same model numbers that leaked earlier this month when Samsung was rumored to be testing the Chinese and international variants of the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus. Back then, the international variant that appeared had letter “F” in replacing the “X” in the latest leaks, meaning that this was probably a European version, at least according to previous naming convention used by the tech giant. Those on Verizon should expect a V to take the place of X while Sprint users will see a P instead. For the unlocked variant, there should be a U replacing the X while AT&T models will get an A on the end of the model number, something like SM-G955A for the Galaxy S8 Plus.
For now, we have to take this leak with a grain of salt since it is not official just yet. We’ll keep following the matter and let you know all the latest developments, including the official release date of Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus.