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If the Galaxy S8 looks anything like this render, we're sold

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While the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge are two of the best looking smartphones ever created, we're expecting next year to usher in a new design era for handsets.

Why? Because from all the evidence we've seen via rumours, patents, and renders, both Apple and Samsung are preparing to unveil smartphones with displays that cover the entire front of the devices.

This week we've already had a patent from Apple which shows how the firm is looking at ways of integrating light sensors into a device's screen, but now a new render has us excited to see whether Samsung can beat Apple to the punch with the Galaxy S8.

The video below, which comes from Android blog Techdroider, shows a Galaxy S8 render based on rumors that the phone will have an edge-to-edge screen and no home button.

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And while this is just a render, we're hoping Samsung will produce a handset that takes at least some of its cues from such a design.

The South Korean firm will be looking to make a big impact with its next flagship, following the disaster that has been the Note 7 and its explosive tendencies.

Some of the likeliest Galaxy S8 features include Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 830 chip or Samsung’s Exynos 8995, both of which are unannounced, as well as a 4K display and the new edge-to-edge screen.

However some analysts have suggested Samsung will bring the launch of the S8 forward to make up for financial losses from the Note 7 debacle, which means some of the more dramatic design changes may not make it to the new handset.

Still, we're hoping Sammy has managed to figure out how to add the edge-to-edge display to the S8, as this latest render has us excited for a big design overhaul.

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Let us know what you think of the video in the comments.

John Gass

October 12, 2016, 7:40 pm

I moved from an LG G3 to a Samsung S7 Edge and, whilst I'm mainly very pleased with the Samsung, there are two things which are still constant niggles, even after several months use.

The first is that I much preferred the volume and power buttons being on the back. Perhaps it's because I'm left-handed that the Samsung's side-mounted buttons either don't fall to hand, or I find I'm pressing them by mistake.

But the big thing I just don't get is this fad for curved screens. I chose the Edge becuse of the larger display and bigger battery, but I did expect to find the curved screen useful - after all, why else would Samsung do it and reviewers praise it? But, despite trying all its available uses, all I see is text that's falling off the edge of the display when double-tapped to set it to fit the screen width. And the little tab on the curved edge of the screen that accesses user-defined panels and apps? I use it occasionally but it would work equally well on a flat screen. Perhaps Samsung consider it less intrusive on a curved screen because the edges become less visible and less utilised? If so, I think my point is confirmed.

Also, the curved display makes secure and effective case design far more difficult, given how narrow the phone's sides are. And now we're to get screens that wrap around all four sides? Based on my current experience, cases won't be useable unless maybe glued to the back of the phone.

Remember how all the reviwers loved curved screen TVs when they were first launched? Yet now most seem to have changed their minds. Just because manufacturers can do something, it doesn't mean they should.

toboev

October 14, 2016, 2:14 pm

The whole curved edge thing is just bling in search of a reason, but there is none. Like you say, no function or feature that appears on the curved edge depends on or is even enhanced by the curvature. They could all operate just as well or better on a flat screen. Well, maybe except the coloured notifications you are supposed to be able to see bleeding from under an inverted phone on the meeting-room table (yeah, right).

If they would just come out and say it; "I think it looks nice", I could understand. But all this cr@p about its higher purpose?

Frostbite

October 31, 2016, 12:53 pm

But will it include the hand warmer feature?

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