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You got cropped! Galaxy S8 and S8+ video display grief comes in stages, here's why

0. phoneArena 20 Apr 2017, 09:23 posted on

Most TV series you'd watch on, say, Netflix, as well as the YouTube content, are meant for 16:9 displays - those get letterboxed on the Galaxy S8 and S8+. You lose about 18-24% of the 5.8" and 6.2" screens' real estate, depending on the video app, if you watch the vids in the default "fit to screen" regime. You'd have to manually add third party apps to the compatibility mode list in Display settings, so that the full screen toggle appears in, say, Netflix. Even when you toggle compatibility mode, a 16:9 video will still be letterboxed or cropped top and bottom, depending on the app...

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posted on 20 Apr 2017, 12:13 1

52. piyath (Posts: 772; Member since: 23 Mar 2012)


Seems like S8 is the most flawed smartphone recently unveiled and Samsung is the most flawed company. Fingerprint scanner, facial recognition, slow iris scanner, low battery life, red color tint in display, low grade speaker and now video cropping. Oh not to mention the special capability for S-PLODE at any given time....lol

posted on 20 Apr 2017, 13:08 2

66. sissy246 (Posts: 3370; Member since: 04 Mar 2015)


Damn I feel bad for your mom and dad.

posted on 20 Apr 2017, 12:32 1

55. omnitech (Posts: 470; Member since: 28 Sep 2016)


Let me reiterate.

At least a 5.5 inch display phone with the size of a 5 inch phone.

Most of the time a 5.8 inch display phone in the size of a 5 inch phone.

Why are people complaining? Only people that should complain are isheep and Samsung haters. Truly neutral people have nothing to complain about.

posted on 20 Apr 2017, 12:52

58. ebilcake (Posts: 875; Member since: 16 Jul 2016)


Galaxy S8+ is a 5.5" phone if you're using 16:9 content

Not sure about the Galaxy S8, guessing similar to the Galaxy S7.

It's good marketing, look at these huge displays on these small phones but leave out the fact the display ratios are different so they're not directly comparable anymore.

Not that the average consumer would understand even if you told them, Samsung certainly know their customers. :-)

posted on 20 Apr 2017, 21:50

99. Guaire (Posts: 638; Member since: 15 Oct 2014)


@omnitech
Zuk Edge, LG G3, Sharp Aquos Crystal X.

I didn`t complain, just correcting a mistake.

It is what it is, speaking truth should not hurt. Design wise it is one of the most beautiful smartphone ever IMO. It will be a huge success IMO again.

Your way of definition is oversimplification like a "5.8 inch display" and "size of a 5 inch phone". The diagonal is only meaningful within same aspect ratio. This is a complex matter with many aspects.

The screen of 5.8" S8 -if I remember correctly- is as tall as a 6" (16:9), but only wide as a 5.2" (16:9) and its surface area is nearly equal to 5.5" (16:9) and the phone itself is narrower than most 5 inchers. You can say it is narrow as 4.7" iPhone, but taller than most 5 inchers save other bezel championship contenders like HTC and Sony.

That width is quiet an accomplishment actually. Only ZTE Nubia Z9 can be rival to it.

posted on 20 Apr 2017, 12:55 5

60. darkkjedii (Posts: 23401; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Since 2:1 is soon to become the new standard, this won't matter for long.

posted on 20 Apr 2017, 13:02 3

63. ebilcake (Posts: 875; Member since: 16 Jul 2016)


Took 16:9 around 15 years for it to be adopted by the industry.

Started around 1990 and some TV shows were making the change as late as 2005.

Something to consider, new standards take time.

posted on 20 Apr 2017, 14:26 3

74. Sakeem (Posts: 578; Member since: 05 Sep 2012)


I don't think it will take that long. 1990 technology compared to today's technology???? Hopefully it will be sooner rather than later.

posted on 20 Apr 2017, 15:45 1

84. Feanor (Posts: 827; Member since: 20 Jun 2012)


Let's see. Because of narrow screen width, content on an S8 is same size as on any other 5.2" phone and content on S8+ is same size as on any 5.5" phone. The only thing that remains is really a screen which is so tall, that operating the upper parts of the display needs always two hands, despite the minimal bezels, and that for content size of a smaller phone. It's not all about the future 2:1 ratio (which also may not become standard any time soon).
Basically this bizarre ratio negates all the ergonomic benefits of a bezeless body.

posted on 20 Apr 2017, 15:50

86. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 12983; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


You should be speaking this out to yoru fellow friends.

When phones and tablets all supported 4:3, 16:9 came and everythign was letterbox until devices and tv's had a resolution high enough to support it.

Remember DVD's are 720p, so when you played DVD content on a screen twice the size, it was letterbox.

I mean take a new TV today and turn on regular TV (Not cable or Satalite) and they are HD channels. They dont support 16:9, so when you watch its letterbox.

Samsung phone is simply doing the same. But PA desperate to put a nexgative spin on it.

Yet never brought this up Apple. WHo's devices are nealy all 4:3 only and when you play 1080p or higher content get letterbox, especially because Apple didnt support standard resolutions until they went 1080p with the iPhone 6.

Even the iPad today, does not support 16:9 content natively. It all has bars on the top and bottom. And it looks bad especially on the 12" iPad.

So while PA is calling the kettle black, iOS devices have the same issue, but even moreso because Apple uses unconventional resolutions.

posted on 20 Apr 2017, 13:10 2

68. sissy246 (Posts: 3370; Member since: 04 Mar 2015)


Won't bother a lot of us. Ok really don't see it much different then watching a wide screen movie n my 70in TV. BFD I am not seeing it on all 70ins of my TV, just the way it is.

posted on 20 Apr 2017, 14:21 5

72. joeytaylor (Posts: 831; Member since: 28 Feb 2015)


Fake News!!!!!

posted on 20 Apr 2017, 15:06 1

75. Nopers (Posts: 362; Member since: 01 Jun 2015)


They should've made it slightly wider, I have no trouble holding my 7+ and that's much wider. Just goes to show Samsung is all about numbers.

posted on 20 Apr 2017, 15:56 4

89. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 12983; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


No. It shows you "technically" stupid.

The screen isnt to wide for 16:9 content. Samsung chose to use an aspect ration that isnt 16:9.

The screen ratio could have been 16:9 and todays content will fit evenly.

It isnt the screen size that is the issue alone. Its th efact the display is not 16:9.

JUst like if you play 720p content on a 16:9 display you still get black bars.

If you watch HDTV provided free OTA, it will have black bars on the side because flatscreen TVs are all 16:9 if their resolution is above 720p

If you buy a 720p TV and you watch a 1080p movie, or a Blue-ray movie, they will be wider with black bars on the top and bottom. Just like on the iPad.

But this was never claimed as an issue on TV's and ipads...just only with Samsung because PA writers are dysfuctional lame-brain Apple sellouts..

posted on 20 Apr 2017, 16:12 2

91. kiko007 (Posts: 4765; Member since: 17 Feb 2016)


"No. It shows you "technically" stupid"

Did you just call someone else stupid while simultaneously making a colossal grammatical error, again?

posted on 20 Apr 2017, 17:57 1

95. Plasticsh1t (Posts: 1633; Member since: 01 Sep 2014)


Hews forgat hau to englash bcuz of hiz lwaging keyboiird.

posted on 21 Apr 2017, 12:03

113. ebilcake (Posts: 875; Member since: 16 Jul 2016)


What the hell are you talking about? 720p is 16:9.

If the content is 16:9 there will be no black bars on a 16:9 display.

720p and 1080p are same ratio.

posted on 20 Apr 2017, 15:54 3

88. jeroome86 (Posts: 1824; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)


It will all work out in time. Nothing to see here.

posted on 20 Apr 2017, 17:55

94. SleeperOne (Posts: 360; Member since: 25 Feb 2017)


This. Remember when watching movies on your phone was a chore? Times have changed, and we now do it all the time. This is no different than accepting the fact that most flagship smart phones do not have an easily replaceable battery.

posted on 20 Apr 2017, 19:47

97. phljcnth (Posts: 496; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


This is like complaining about watching 16:9 content on a 4:3 display tablet, or 21:9 video on a 16:9 screen. Gee, PhoneArena, you whine a lot about anything Samsung!

posted on 20 Apr 2017, 21:59

100. smacsteve (Posts: 71; Member since: 16 May 2012)


The point of this new aspect ratio isn't to create some new video standard. It's to give users more screen real-estate in their palm and be able to do even side-by-side windows for more productivity. The new movie/video 2;1 will come if it's a success, which obviously is too soon to tell.

posted on 20 Apr 2017, 22:19

101. MrElectrifyer (Posts: 3678; Member since: 21 Oct 2014)


Daniel Presstitute and its crew are in full force with their double standards this week...a non-crappIe OEM must be doing really good.

posted on 20 Apr 2017, 22:43

102. ChafedBanana (Posts: 393; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)


When I first played with an S8+ a few weeks ago I was bothered by this new 18.5:1 ratio. Was immediately not a fan and completely turned off by the phone. What a shame this whole ratio thing is. Sticking with Note 5. I can see the Note 8 having this same skinny crap ratio.

posted on 4 days ago, 11:05

114. Trex95 (Posts: 1054; Member since: 03 Mar 2013)


S8 and S8 plus remind me of skinny jeans lol.

posted on 4 days ago, 11:11

115. Trex95 (Posts: 1054; Member since: 03 Mar 2013)


All these 18:9 2.1 aspect ratio hype not going to be useful unless Google developed there apps to 18:9 aspect ratio to match S8 and G6. This the different between Android and Apple when Apple make there upcoming iPhones with 18:9 they'll developed all apps to run on there iPhones with the new aspect ratio same.

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