Report: There will be no flat screen version of the Samsung Galaxy S8

Report: There will be no flat screen version of the Samsung Galaxy S8
According to a report in the Korea Herald, there will be only dual curved-edge screens on the Samsung Galaxy S8, which is expected to be available in two variants next year. One version will carry a 5.7-inch screen, while the other will feature a 6.2-inch display. And this will be a bezel-less display with a screen-to-body ratio above 90%. That would compare with the 91.3% ratio on the Xiaomi Mi MIX.

Over the last two years, Samsung offered a flat-screen version of its flagship phone, and a model with a dual-curved edge screen. Samsung's decision not to offer a flat-screen flagship has some analysts worried. Choo Dae-young, an analyst at Korea Institute for Industrial Economics & Trade, said that there isn't high-demand for curved-edge screens since they often lead to inadvertent touches. In addition, he added that bezel-less displays are less functional on a smartphone than on a larger television screen.

Another analyst, NH Investment & Securities' Peter Lee, said that Samsung needs to get its foldable devices on the market. Just last week we told you that Samsung might be introducing such a phone at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas next month. The phone, which could be launched later in 2017, would include a center hinge allowing users to have the screens facing outward. This would allow the phone to have a screen in front, and another in back. Or, the screens could be turned so that they are facing each other. This would protect the glass panels from breaking when the unit is in transit. With the third and last option, both screens could be opened and combined into one tablet-sized display.


Samsung is reportedly offering the foldable phone just to gauge how much demand there is for such a device, and to see how the public responds to the features. Once this is analyzed, Samsung will take foldable phones to the next level by launching one of two designs it is working on. These include an "in-foldable" model or an "out-foldable" model.

The Samsung Galaxy S8 is expected to be introduced on February 26th in Barcelona during a Samsung Galaxy Unpacked event. The unveiling will take place the day before MWC 2017 is officially open.

source: KoreaHerald via BGR

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56 Comments

1. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

I'm good with edge/bezel-less phones as long as the palm rejection is good.

26. Klinton

Posts: 1408; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

Mark my words. No 6.2'' GS8! Period. More like 5.7'' and 5.2'' versions.

32. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

Yep. It won't be a 6+ device. More like 5.5-5.7 inch. Smaller one would be like 5.1/5.2.

34. sissy246

Posts: 6950; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Well it's all rumers but I think this would be more like it. I think the smaller will still have a flat screen. I think if one does go bigger it will be the note 8.

35. Landon

Posts: 1229; Member since: May 07, 2015

If I measure a 6.2" screen on my Note 5, it does fit and leaves .1" on each end...and the Note 5 is similar in dimensions to the S7 edge...so I can believe the 5.5" and 6.2" claims since they're using the same footprint as the S7 and S7 edge but making them bezel-less displays (allegedly).

47. Gasteasoro

Posts: 25; Member since: Apr 02, 2014

I might be mistaken, but I remember reading somewhere that Sammy would be killing the "note" series name because of the N7 fiasco. So I wouldn't expect a "note 8" phone. Rather another phone, with the same concept, but under a new name maybe? Samsung pencil perhaps? hahaha

49. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Yes...you are mistaken. Facts says there will be a Note 8.

53. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

http://www.knowyourmobile.com/mobile-phones/samsung-galaxy-note-7/23824/samsung-galaxy-note-8-brand-saved-2017-specs-price-rumours-release-date Anyways, we aren't even talking about the Note. We are talkign about Samsung's flagship model///the Galaxy S. How about we just talk about that?!

48. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Maybe 5.3 & 5.8?! That would be nicer!

27. techbuttcheex

Posts: 202; Member since: Jul 25, 2015

Palm rejection on the S7 Edge has issues. I get interference all the time/unintended dual touch functions.

31. Klinton

Posts: 1408; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

Note7 have the problem solved. BTW the edges of the GS8 will be more like Note7. Not so curved.

55. techbuttcheex

Posts: 202; Member since: Jul 25, 2015

Note 7 blows up. Btw I dont want to blow up when I tuch my phone

2. jasrockett

Posts: 116; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

6.2", say what. The Note series has been painfully stuck at 5.7" for 4 years. I'm not saying it's not possible but really...

10. Fellwalker

Posts: 518; Member since: Apr 04, 2014

5.7 is already a stretch on my note 4; 6.2 it's what would be painful ;)

28. babyk

Posts: 379; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

Exactly!

29. babyk

Posts: 379; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

Exactly!

13. Macready

Posts: 1797; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

True, but if they lose 3 mm on each side of the screen and a combined cm of the top/bottom bezels, a dual edge 6.2 inch phone would get about the measurements of a 5.7 Note 4.

20. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

^^ Exactly that. The 6.2-inch edge-to-edge S8 will be about the same size of the 5.7-inch Note 4... So, the 6.2" S8 wouldn't be unbearable to handle, as long as the palm rejection is flawless.

3. ctdog4748

Posts: 797; Member since: Mar 05, 2016

Curved screen is a gimmick that people use once and forget about, right up there with split screen and pop up floating video players. Like any of that has any real world use. Make a flat screen phone that works really smooth and fast, think Note 5 minus some of the Touchwiz gimmicks that I just mentioned, and that phone would be a workhorse winner.

7. hurrycanger

Posts: 1754; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

To me, curve screen is darn good when paired with a good design that fits well in the hand. I'm in love with the edges on the s6 edge and s7 edge. They look great and feel great. After using this, flat display phones feel kinda meh to me. Phones with slightly curved glass are good, but not quite there.

16. Macready

Posts: 1797; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

This indeed. Some are missing out.

11. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Wow, you're calling something that was made for aesthetics purposes a gimmick? You really are an idiot.

24. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

* A Stupid Idiot

38. gersont1000

Posts: 473; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

He just made the list! (If you don't get the reference, never mind).

52. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Shytelist!

17. Macready

Posts: 1797; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

Until you hold a iPhone 7 Plus with the same size screen and notice how much benefit the much smaller width of the S7 Edge has in the hand and pockets , thanks to the dual edge design, asside from esthetic reasons.

18. Finalflash

Posts: 4062; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Of course they are, just until Apple do it. Curved screen is a gimmick until Apple does it, where it will be the best thing since sliced bread. Multi-window and floating windows are useless until Apple releases it on iPhones in 2020.

19. Bjray

Posts: 199; Member since: May 29, 2014

I actually prefer a slight curve to the screen. Feels more "neutral" / ergonomic to me. Split screen isn't gimmick just needs a proper sized screen. I don't like using it on the S7 edge for instance, too cramped. 5.7" should be the minimum and 6"+ is perfect. It's the true power user mode. I agree with pop-up players. Used once and never again. Smartphones are just too small.

50. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

It is a design change to make the aesthetics of the device look better. From a sheep whose brand lives on such for years, now that their looks suck...now all of a sudden its a gimmick? What are you goign to say when the next iPhone looks like the S6 Edge? I think you're just jealous because you don't have it. As per usual for Apple idiots.

51. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I think the problem is, you are looking at the features, Samsung shoved into the edge screen. You arent lookign at what its native feature is. Which is to make the device look good. Which is what it does perfectly, even with ot without the edge features. You are simply tryign to gloss over the fact. The fcat is, the looks is what the edge if for. As Samsung said, they didnt want to do it without a purpose. I have things set up on the edge, but a rarely use them because I forget they are there. The edge features are not gimmicky, but i do find them useless. But you are so shyte stupid, you act like this is the only feature of the edge glass. The main feature is pure aesthetics. The features are a bonus, useless or not. Amazing how you talk shyte, about a phone you don't even own, won't ver own. Such a hypocrite!

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