BREAKING: Samsung’s Galaxy S8 Plus just beats Middle East ‘gadget ban’

New 6.2-inch whopper is just within size restrictions: welcome to your new emergency laptop (oh, and it’s got curved edges)

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Samsung’s freshly announced massive smartphone – the Galaxy S8 Plus – is just within size requirements to beat the ban on big devices traveling from the Middle east to the UK and the US.

The 6.2-inch bezel-less display on the S8 Plus measures 159.5 x 73.4 x 8.1 mm, and weighs 173g, just within the limitations of 160x93x15 mm.

That officially makes it the biggest phone you can carry on flights from the Middle East, so in prime position to act as a mobile office in place of a tablet or laptop.

The ban affects on laptops, tablets, e-readers and cameras on flights from Egypt, Turkey, Jordan and Saudi Arabia to the UK and the US, though both countries also add a few other destinations. Those flying to the UK from Tunisia and Lebanon also need t be wary, as do those flying to the US from Morocco, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Kuwait).