Results: no flat screen variant of the Galaxy S8. What do you think about that?

Results: no flat screen variant of the Galaxy S8. What do you think about that?
The Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are out and looking pretty. Super-slim bezels, glass-on-metal build, all the bells and whistles you'd expect from Samsung. This year around, the company put all of its eggs in the "edge" basket and produced both phones with curved screens — there is no "regular" flat screen shape for the Galaxy S8.

Unfortunately, this means that you can't go for a “cheaper” version of the new Sammy phones — prices usually start from $750 for the regular S8, while last year's Galaxy S7 had a $650 price-tag. But money aside, fact is that some people just want a flat display — be it for visual purposes, for easier screen protector fitting, for handling purposes, or any mix of those reasons. But, apparently, those people are a minority — at least that's what Samsung's decision with the S8 has us thinking.

So, we asked you — does the lack of a "flat" Galaxy S8 bother you? Here's how that poll went:

No flat screen Galaxy S8: yay or nay?

I'm fine with it - curved screens are awesome!
36.9%
I would've been fine with it if they didn't inflate the price
19.26%
Not cool at all - I want my screen flat, please!
43.84%

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  • Display 5.8" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2350 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(30h talk time)

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59 Comments

1. torr310

Posts: 1672; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

I'd go for the flat screen, but the battery size of the S8 bothers me more.

4. abdoualgeria

Posts: 928; Member since: Jul 27, 2015

S8 will probably match the s7 in battery life even with its large display .... its mosly due to its more efficient screen and 10 nm soc , especially the exynos varient ( ps : s8+ has greater battery life than the s7e with 3600 mah and smaller display )

9. Cat97

Posts: 1924; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Yeah, but the S8 will match the S7 in battery life while being the height of the S7 Edge. People upgrading from S7 Edge don't have a choice of good battery life except if they are willing to pick up the S8+ which is much larger than the S7 Edge and also has a smaller battery. Not cool :(

11. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

"and also has a smaller battery." By100mAh... So it isn't that big of an issue. .

16. willard12 unregistered

" People upgrading from S7 Edge don't have a choice......." There is another choice. Buy something else.

33. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 969; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

That's right, there's always iPhone.

38. tedkord

Posts: 17413; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

True. He didn't specify good choices.

41. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

LMFAO... Made my day. ^^

55. Chuck007

Posts: 1411; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

Got to agree with you here. While Apple has an ecosystem going on for their own products Galaxy phones are all android and people won't have any problems moving to another brand with the same OS.

57. cheetah2k

Posts: 2271; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

as a long term Samsung fan, they've lost me with the S8

19. geordie8t1

Posts: 306; Member since: Nov 16, 2015

the S8 battery tests a few days ago had the S8 performing better then the S7 in every test, about 15% across the board i think, with smaller batteries as well so i wouldn't be worried about performance

20. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

wont trust PA battery test will wait for GSM arena one before saying its good or not.

26. Rydsmith unregistered

The S8+ is almost the exact same size as the S7 Edge. How about actually using them before talking out of your ass?

2. abdoualgeria

Posts: 928; Member since: Jul 27, 2015

Samsung bitćhslapped the competitors #FULLPOINT

3. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

its got a sharp/sexy look. The curve is what separates it from the pack as much as the screen to body ratio. Wish it had a bigger battery and dual/better camera on the S8+ to justify the price difference better.

5. Xperia14

Posts: 1208; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

I personally like it, as the edges are not that agressive compared with the S7 edge. Makes is very comfortable to hold and gives it a nice futuristic look.

6. darkkjedii

Posts: 31300; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Samsung should've had a flatscreen option. That's taking away choice, plain and simple. They could've just made them in a limited amount. Dick move Samsung.

18. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I agree. I wish Samsung would go back to the blocky, angular design of the Note 4.

28. darkkjedii

Posts: 31300; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

@Mxy. I actually much more prefer this new streamlined look bro. It's much sexier to me.

39. tedkord

Posts: 17413; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Looking forward to the Note 8 (hopefully without the stupid fingerprint placement). It was always amazing to set the Note 7 down next to a smaller phone. It looked so big by comparison, but just seemed to shrink in hand. I'd imagine it's even more pronounced here.

21. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

I dont particulary like Samsung as proven by my past comments. But i would had got the S8 if its had a flat version.

29. Rydsmith unregistered

Yeah such a dick move to not want to setup am entirely different OM system, assembly line, support channel, and staff for a limited amount. Especially when the edge variant outsold the flat variant by a substantial margin. Such a dick move not to want to piss away money.

7. 23nikki1 unregistered

I don't see a point why people are obsessed with bigger battery. Sure I want better battery life but whining about bigger battery doesn't make sense. S7 edge has a good battery life (more than 4 hr SOT) and s8+ will be better. And for people complaining about price, s7 edge had price tag of $700+ for a 5.5 in screen. S8 has better specs and larger screen for $750. So think about it. As for me, the only think I don't like about s8 is the fingerprint scanner but I'm fine with it considering that it's a tradeoff for a good display.

14. Guaire

Posts: 890; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

Other things being equal larger screen = more power consumption. Displaymate's S8 shoot out concludes it consumes equal power at same area and same brightness with S7. But it has a bigger screen so it consumes more power. http://displaymate.com/Galaxy_S8_ShootOut_01.htm Other things being equal bigger battery = better battery life. Even if it gonna have a good battery life -which is doubtful yet- it would be even better with bigger battery. Both S8 and S8+ is a tiny bit thicker and significantly taller than S7 and S7E counterparts, so they had larger room inside for larger batteries. Probably after the Note 7 incident, Samsung wanted to be err on the side of caution. S8 will display the contents like images, videos and texts smaller than S7 Edge. Actually surface area wise it only slightly larger than S7E and slightly smaller than Note 7.

25. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

You wrong at max brightness the s8 and s7 run at the same power even with the bigger screen size, the thing is the max brightness of the s8 is Way higher at 1000nts and when it runs at the same nits it runs at about 10% less power I.e. At 200nits it runs 10% less power even at the bigger size screen

31. tedkord

Posts: 17413; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

People need to stop saying this. Bigger screen means more power draw in a display with a backlight, like LCD. Display size is irrelevant in AMOLED. Pixels light individually, so whether it's 4" or 6", if it's got the same number of pixels (with all else being equal), it'll have the same rough power draw.

40. Guaire

Posts: 890; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

Actually a well known display expert measured them and released the results. Check the link above. S8's display draws more power at same brightness.

44. tedkord

Posts: 17413; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

As I said, all else being equal. It's a different display. Size has zero to do with it.

45. Guaire

Posts: 890; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

At the same size and same brightness power draw is equal. Obviously size matters. Check the link.

47. tedkord

Posts: 17413; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

It doesn't. The S7 Edge and S7 drew roughly the same power. The increase in the S8 is from more pixels, not from the physical size of the screen. There are always slight variations from panel to panel, but a 4" QHD will draw roughly the same power as a 6" with the same pixel count.

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