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Samsung might stop making the Galaxy S25 Plus

Debate rages over whether Samsung will optimize the new series.

Samsung might stop making the Galaxy S25 Plus

Model numbers for the Samsung Galaxy S25 and S25 Ultra were recently revealed online, but the same cannot be said for the S25 Plus. 

The Android Headlines news site noticed the difference after examining the IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity) database. When tech companies create or develop new smartphones, they upload the model number to a database that's used to track lost or stolen devices. This is how people find out about the phone even before it's officially announced.

Android Headlines has spotted the SM-S931B/DS, which is likely intended for the standard Galaxy S25 models. The S25 Ultra comes in four names - SM-S938B for global, SM-S938U for the US, SM-S938N for Korea, and SM-S9380 - though it's unclear if the latest entry is country-specific. The absence of the S25 Plus IMEI number has led the publication to believe that perhaps Samsung will focus on just two models for the next generation.

They point out how “previous Plus models have struggled to meet sales expectations.” Customers don’t really like them since they seemingly prefer the two extremes: the base phone and the Ultra. Additionally, Samsung has experience in optimizing its product lines. Previously, four smartphones were released every year, but in 2021 we only saw three. 

They argue that dropping the S25 Plus for simplicity's sake might encourage more people to go for the S25 Ultra instead. It's a sound theory, to be sure, but they could be wrong. 

GalaxyClub, a Dutch news site specializing in Galaxy technology, claims that Samsung is sticking with the three phone lines and will indeed launch the S25 Plus in January of next year. The model number is SM-S936, and it's apparently being called the F2 internally (the Galaxy S25 is F1, and the S25 Ultra is F3). 

The website has the advantage of suspicion because "the next Samsung has a solid history." I don't know why Galaxy S25 Plus was not displayed in the IMEI database.

9To5Google believes that since the S25 series is still months away from launch, perhaps the company just didn't upload any information about it, though it's worth noting that the S25 Plus was omitted. 

The upcoming series also looks interesting, with other leaks claiming that it will have "major design changes" and a bigger battery compared to the S24 series. 

As with all leaks, take everything written here with a pinch of salt, and be sure to check out TechRadar's roundup of the best Samsung smartphones of 2024.