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Galaxy S8 could see Samsung scrap flat screens forever

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Samsung could finally scrap flat screens across its entire flagship Galaxy S- range of smartphones.

A senior Samsung executive has hinted that future Samsung Galaxy smartphones may only be available with curved, dual-edge displays, just like the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge. The decision would see flat screens abandoned entirely, and would help set Samsung phones apart from their more traditional rivals.

Speaking to the Korea Herald, Samsung Mobile boss Koh Dong-jin said:

“Samsung has considered that it would make the edge display as the identity of the Galaxy S smartphone lineup if the company can provide consumers differentiated user experience through software and user-friendly functions (for the curved screen)."

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The move wouldn’t exactly be unprecedented. After all, the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 was – for the first time – only available in the ‘Edge’ design, suggesting an increased fondness for the aesthetic at Samsung HQ. This could mean that the Samsung Galaxy S8 could be the first Galaxy S- phone to ship without a flat-screen model.

“Samsung will not likely get rid of the flat-screen Galaxy S smartphone model right away, but if the market response is positive with the Note 7, it would surely serve as a cue for Samsung to focus only on the Edge model,” said a market analyst, speaking to the Herald.

The general consensus among technology reviewers seems to be that just as with curved televisions, although the Edge display certainly looks nice, its worth from a functionality standpoint is questionable.

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