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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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Do you think Samsung should stick to the Edge design? Let us know in the comments.

Kulti Vator

August 8, 2016, 7:24 pm

I've owned an S7 Edge since March and can confirm it's a really nice bit of kit. However, my feeling is that the curved screen is little more than a gimmick at this point in time.

The few bits of functionality Samsung offer that make use of the curved screen 'edges' lack imagination and practicality. The killer application for the curved screen remains missing in action.

The great battery life and GearVR functionality have proved to be far more appealing features over the longer term.


August 9, 2016, 7:29 am

Earlier this year, I had a BB Priv with a similar screen and found absolutely no use for it whatsoever. What it did do was make it more vulnerable to damage, as the screen is more likely to get smacked if you dropped it.

John Smith

August 10, 2016, 3:49 pm

The purpose of the curved display is to allow phones to be narrower, yet still have the same screen real estate, so it isn't really a gimmick. What people appreciate about the S7 Edge is that it has a 5.5 inch screen, yet it is impressively narrow, much narrower that the iPhone 6S Plus.

The reason for a move towards curved displays is so to gradually switch over to foldable and truly flexible displays. Consumers need to get used to it, and Samsung needs to test the water, moving over in one go would be far too risky. Production lines also need to be geared towards making these future displays, and that isn't a simple job.

Kulti Vator

August 10, 2016, 7:47 pm

Agreed... mostly... but Samsung marketed the original S6 Edge as being curved to solve all kinds of issues related to using a phone in a social or work setting - a lot of hype and not a lot of innovation in reality.

The 'Edge Panels' functionality is perhaps more impressive, but sadly you can't set up multiple panel zones to trigger different panels and instead have to cycle through all the panels you've got enabled by repeatedly dragging across a single trigger zone.

The S7 Edge should have refined & developed these capabilities further, but quite honestly it feels like more focus is needed for the curved screen to live up to the hype.

Terrific phone - but the curved screen doesn't really add much benefit over the standard S7's flat screen, other than a distinctive look and a nice feel (when it's not protected by a case).

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