Samsung boasts about Galaxy S8's innovative design, Infinity Display, Bixby, and more


Samsung is breaking new ground with the Galaxy S8 and S8+ and it won't miss the opportunity to tell us all about how its flashy new flagships were designed, in and out. In a lengthy blog post, and we do mean lengthy, Samsung earlier today outlined all the major design features of the Galaxy S8/S8+ – from the handsets' industrial design, to their user interfaces and iconography, to how Bixby was conceived with mobile in mind, but destined to function on a grander scale.

The new Galaxy phones offer ample material for discussion, as they could very well be the harbingers of a new era for smartphone design – an era of small bezels, big displays, and relatively compact devices.

With the Galaxy S8/S8+, Samsung is moving away from the current-standard screen aspect ratio of 16:9, in order to minimize bezels and maximize available space. The beautiful new “Infinity Display” that graces the fronts of both devices has an odd (but promising) aspect ratio of 18.5:9, which makes it is considerably taller than a standard 16:9 display, and allows the panel to utilize the available space more efficiently. LG is doing something similar with the G6, although the latter's “FullVision” display is a tad shorter than Samsung's offering and has an aspect ratio of 18:9 (or 2:1).

But we digress. If you want to know more about Samsung's “Infinity Display” and LG's “FullVision” display, and how they could change the smartphone industry (and also why you should keep your expectations in check), take a look at these articles:


And if you are interested in learning more about all the trinkets of the Galaxy S8's design — from its body, to its screen, to the wallpapers included on it — follow the source link at the end of the article for a comprehensive overview coming from Samsung itself.

Also, don't miss out on our S8-themed wallpaper and icon collections that will give you a taste of Samsung's revamped UI on your current Android phone:

source: Samsung

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19 Comments

1. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Ofc they would. But that screen ratio, what are Koreans thinking about now? The idea is good, I would like to try some but not right now. Not unless most of todays media offer 18:9, I'd like to watch my videos without cropping, letterboxing, and screenfitted. Dont get me wrong, 18:9 is good but too early to tell.

2. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

I think it's not as bad as people make it to be. 18:9 is not becoming standard anytime soon, and even if it does, legacy media content isn't going anywhere. But but but....., with AMOLED screens, letterboxing isn't as big of a concern as the perfect blacks blend with the black bezel and you feel like it's a regular phone with regular bezel in worst case. But apart from the videos, rest of the content scales up beautifully. And considering that a lot of our time on phone is spent typing, it's much better than 16:9. It's just my viewpoint, and you are fully welcome to disagree. But I think it was necessary to give us a bit of pain for fitting such big screen in a small body, for the greater good and future. Then again, I applauded Apple's decision to include all type-C ports on macbook too. So there's that :)

3. Xperia14

Posts: 1208; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

I agree with you about viewing media content, but operating a tall 18,5:9 screen would be harder. A narrow screen might be easier to hold, but it will be more dificult to reach the notification center and that's something you use a lot.

4. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

That's also the reason I dislike that tall ratio. It's a work out to reach the notification bar. A fair solution will be a dedicated nav bar button like LG's, or gestures for the home button.

5. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

There are gestures to bring the notification shade down. There's one on the fingerprint scanner, and you can map these things in launchers as well with a down swipe on empty area. If you don't like either, triple press on the home button and the whole screen shrinks down with one handed mode. You can swipe down easily. BTW, the S8 is not that tall at all. It's about the same height as a regular pixel. It's the S8+ which is very tall. But you know what you are getting into when you get 6.2" screen.

10. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

That's easy, when you're on the homescreen. How about when you're not? Plus remapping or custom fingerprint gestures requires root when its not officially supported. Plus if you put effort on the fingerprint gesture to pull notifications on the S8, why not on the screen itself knowing the position of its fps. And one handed mode kinda defeats the purpose of having a relatively large/tall screen. Why not get a smaller phone in the first place? I experienced this on the T2 Ultra and it's not that good.

13. ShadowSnypa786

Posts: 573; Member since: Jan 06, 2017

No a 1 handed mode doesnt defeat the purpose of having a large screen. im fine with a big display for viewing media and messaging. But its all about the choice some people do want a big display to play games on or watch videos but they have small hands so its beneficial to them.

15. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

Even when you are not on homescreen, you can use the other methods. The fingerprint gesture is baked in, no root required. It's a lot easier to reach the fps with your index finger than the notification with your thumb. So your point is moot. And everyone said it's not that hard to reach the fps, it's the position besides camera that's bad. One handed mode is just to reach the notification. I'm not saying you have to use it all the time. Just use one handed mode, pull notification down and then go to fullscreen mode when you are done. It doesn't defeat the purpose anyway. Sony phones have terrible implementation of pretty much everything. Saying you used it on a T2 ultra doesn't mean s**t.

16. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

If that so then it's good. Im with you there with the fps position, maybe a case with a divider or ridge could help eliminate unintentional swipes in the camera.

6. CincyGuy

Posts: 31; Member since: Oct 19, 2015

If touchwiz doesn't have the option to swipe down the notification shade from anywhere on the screen, most launchers do and are easy apps to install. Have used that option on nova launcher for over a year and it works like a charm.

18. whqhdrbs

Posts: 36; Member since: Feb 12, 2017

even with my phone(regular ratio) I use my both hands to reach the notification center

7. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

18.5 : 9 is just ridiculous. And when it is curved from either sides, It is even more ridiculous. Too tall, too small width to view media and text content and harder to reach the top. The fingerprint scanner placement is also damn ridiculous....lol Facial recognition is a total JOKE. Eyeris scanner is slow AF and damn inconvenient. Same old camera which was on S7. So weak pathetic speaker. Only 4GB RAM. Asking price $750. WTF is this???????????? LOLZZZZ.. Only 3000mAh battery and who knows whether this is explosion proof or not....?? Nobody. LG G6 with uncurved 18:9 is the best design.

8. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

LG G6 is only $650 and it has the better DUAL camera setup, better speaker, bigger 3300mAh battery, best LCD display with perfectly balanced 18:9 screen which is not curved, best fingerprint placement, no tons of gimmicky features or bloatware, clean and simple UI...! CPU difference is only 10% between SD821 and 835.

11. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

The battery might be bigger but the processor and screen are less efficient. The camera will definitely be worse, i could understand if they used two IMX286 or IMX386 but the IMX258 just isn't the right choice.

14. ShadowSnypa786

Posts: 573; Member since: Jan 06, 2017

Thank god theres someone here who makes sense :D

19. whqhdrbs

Posts: 36; Member since: Feb 12, 2017

I watched a video on Youtube and battery life of s8 is actually quiet good and the presenter was kinda surprised but the better one was s8+

9. Bankz

Posts: 2543; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Damn, stop making sense, will you?

12. GhostV6

Posts: 10; Member since: Apr 04, 2017

With Samsung Galaxy S8 you Swipe up to open notification drawer

17. darkkjedii

Posts: 31034; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

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