Samsung explains “Infinity Display” on the Galaxy S8 and S8+


Unlike previous Galaxy S flagships, the S8 and S8+ pack unique displays that have been trademarked by Samsung early this month. The so-called “Infinity Display” include some innovative features that go beyond just different resolution and size.

First off, let's just mention that both Galaxy S8 and S8+ feature displays with WQHD+ resolution of 2960 x 1440 pixels (18.5:9 ratio). It's the same Univisium standard used by LG in the G6, but Samsung made some other improvements to its Infinity Display.

The Galaxy S8 display takes up more than 80% of the phone's front screen, and it's about 18% larger than the display of the previous Galaxy S7 model.

Samsung managed to unify all buttons by integrating them into the display itself, which allows for seamless interactions. Although the home, recent and back key arrangement remains the same, the button can now be triggered by touching the display.

What was once one of the trait features of the Galaxy S series, the physical Home button is now installed under the display. The key has been specially designed to mimic a regular physical button, so expect it to function and respond to pressure just like the latter would.

Furthermore, the recent and back keys can now be customized in different colors and should work just like standard soft keys. Samsung also managed to shrink the upper bezel even if added an iris scanner to the already standard front-facing camera and the full array of sensors.



The awkward Infinity Display's aspect ratio allows users to see and do more from the screen. Thanks to the 18.5:9 ratio, the Galaxy S8's display enables users to view more images and feeds on social media, as well as read more text in an email.

On top of that, the display has been optimized for improved multi-window usability, so you'll be able to type a text message on the phone's full keyboard while watching a YouTube clip at the same time.

The new Snap Window feature included in the Galaxy S8 is supposed to further enhance multitasking by allowing users to pin a particular area from a recent app to the top of the screen, and keep using the space below it to do they stuff.

Another interesting feature that Galaxy S8 users will benefit from is Gentle Notifications, which uses Edge Lightning and a small toast pop-up message instead of large notifications.

Last but not least, Samsung has added Corning Gorilla Glass 5 coating for both Galaxy S8 and S8+ displays for the much needed extra protection.

source: Samsung

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Galaxy S8
  • 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)
Galaxy S8+
  • Display 6.2" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2450 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3500 mAh(24h 3G talk time)

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49 Comments

1. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Ahh. A new marketing word. Infinity Dispay.

8. Klinton

Posts: 1409; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

Except it's not just nonsense BS word like ''Retina''(that have lowest ppi on the market)

11. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

In fact it is also nonsense BS marketing word. Don't sugar coat it. In fact the 4th paragraph clearly made positive adjectives but in all it's 2011 tech. The 5th paragraph; force touch. The 6th paragraph, OEMs did that before especially LG. The rest are self explainable and not anywhere new in the market.

14. Klinton

Posts: 1409; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

It's still screen that no one match on design and tech. It's Samsung's innovation. So Samsung has more point here, than Apple.

18. belovedson

Posts: 1061; Member since: Nov 30, 2010

its always marketing. whether its apple or samsung. the point of the matter is. this screen is a big deal especially when considering the body to screen ratio, plus sized battery, all the sensors, and straight sick looking design. this is a design apple hasn't come close to touching. the iphone 7+ screen is much to small compared to body size.

40. sniper1087

Posts: 537; Member since: Dec 31, 2011

What about battery, there is nothing special about it. The display was already good on, so I dont think is much of an improvement, in fact may hinder experience, because letterboxing on videos is going to show for a while until app developers get on board with the change.

31. Highside

Posts: 197; Member since: Jan 31, 2017

Should be called INFINITELY PRONE TO SHATTER. The S5/Note 4 were strong and had removable batteries. Back when Samsung didn't treat their customers like the stupid sheep they've become.

38. SupermanayrB

Posts: 1188; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

iPhone displays still shattered easier than the curved displays on the S6 & S7 combined.

39. vincelongman

Posts: 5746; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Infinity Dispay isn't even a new marketing word Dell's been using it for their XPS line for the past ~2 years

43. Dr.Android

Posts: 23; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

They need to use marketing names or else they'll fall behind in sales. Stupid as people are, they fall for this stuff.

49. Highside

Posts: 197; Member since: Jan 31, 2017

Should be called INFINITELY PRONE TO SHATTERING. Fragile Glass Rear = FAIL No Removable Battery = FAIL Price = LOL My S5 and Note4 had removable batteries, were durable, and water resistant, with a reasonable price. Samsung, and now LG, are dead to me until they stop treating their customers like moronic sheep.

2. androiduser

Posts: 513; Member since: Jun 18, 2014

Not even one person has mentioned anything about the speaker :(

6. Spyro

Posts: 334; Member since: Mar 29, 2017

The Galaxy S8 and S8+ has a new Stereo speaker setup with the earpiece acting as a full speaker. The iPhone 7 had that too yet it received more coverage. It's not important unless it's Apple.

10. Klinton

Posts: 1409; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

Well, they didn't mention the split-screen one year after Samsung introduced it. And didn't count it as a feature until Google take it from Samsung and put it on the OS. And didn't mention the great Note's 'one-hand' mode many years , not until Apple introduced their BS-one-hand mode on iPhone Plus. So nothing surprising here.

19. belovedson

Posts: 1061; Member since: Nov 30, 2010

wait a minute. dual speakers like the nexus 6!!!! ugh the only thing left is the locked bootloader and root... something tells me its going to take more than a hammer to loosen the knox wrapped around the os

3. AlikMalix unregistered

So just a bigger screen, than...

5. Spyro

Posts: 334; Member since: Mar 29, 2017

To put to perspective, it's an S7 with different screen, body, some internals, and a new button dedicated to Bixby. It'll certainly appeal to a lot of people. The design is very sleek. Otherwise, it's less of a must have upgrade and more of a collector's phone.

12. AlikMalix unregistered

Than why is it hailed as the god-phone to some of the "fans" here? Note 7 had was put on the same pedistool - and it fell crashing. To me it still runs android, for photos the camera might be good, but for video - iPhone is better and has been ahead since 5s. The screen is nice - but a resource and battery hog, my iPhone screen is sharp. But like I said, it still runs android and it cannot deliver the experience I want On a mobile device because it's not part of the iOS ecosystem - which is curated, maintained, and suported by leaps and bounds better than android. I mean what empowers our devices are the apps and what it can do outside of itself, not the resolution (as long as it's sharp). I want the SoC to be future proof for at least few years - which every iPhone with 64 bit is. And I want the UI and the direction of that device and ecosystem to be predictable. None of which is delivered by android as well as iOS device and ecosystem. So it's a pretty phone that runs android with a few extra apps from Samsung.

15. Spyro

Posts: 334; Member since: Mar 29, 2017

Because God knows how many trolls are in this site. This site is full of them. Best to ignore them.

16. John-Knotts

Posts: 380; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

Damn this phone is gorgeous!

17. alexkim92

Posts: 21; Member since: Mar 29, 2017

I have to agree with you that iPhones offer a seamless user experience within the iOS ecosystem. But that is the very part that I don't like about Apple and its ecosystem. It's so exclusive and restricted in that it limits customer's experience up to a confined boundary set by the company. It's very troubling if you think about it.

23. alexkim92

Posts: 21; Member since: Mar 29, 2017

And I'm not even going to bother commenting about his comparisons between Galaxy's and iPhone's camera and screen. I get it you don't like android.

28. ColinW

Posts: 413; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

The Note 7 was the best phone last year, it was a shame about the battery. iPhones still have the same problem, but their phones are inferior. The cameras in the S7 were not just good but the best. Its video is excellent too. The screen is superb, yet it outlasts the low-resolution iPhones. So even if it is a battery hog, that is irrelevant. If it needed a huge phone to house a big battery to manage the screen it may matter, but it is smaller and lighter than the iPhone so it must be brilliant design. The iPhone on the other hand has low-res screens, but smaller batteries, slow charging times, less life and yet are bigger and heavier. As for the rest if you are happy with IOS fine. However, most prefer the fuller featured, more open and powerful Android OS which if you compare objectively is ahead of IOS not leaps and bounds ahead. The S8 is not just a pretty phone, its beautiful, class leading with the worlds best mobile OS. It will also be the template that Apple will copy for the IP8, while the 7s and plus will fall even further behind Android.

29. mrochester

Posts: 1035; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

Android has always been out making pretty phones that attract shallow-consumers as the operating system and ecosystem have very little going for them unlike iOS. And it works. The amount of people fawning over the S8 because it looks 'cool' and 'pretty' is amazing. They are usually the very same people who berate iPhone users for buying iPhones because they want a certain 'look'. They project their own shallowness on others without realising that the vast majority of iPhones users buy iPhones for their utility, ecosystem and ease of use, not because of the way they look. The continued success of the iPhone despite all these 'cool' looking Android phones is testament to that.

34. ColinW

Posts: 413; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

People buy Android phones for a lot more reasons than you suggest. It has far more utility than limited iPhones and IOS which is always copying and trying to catching up with Android. There is far less choice and it's Apples way or no way which is not good. As for ecosystem, the same applies to Googles, it is far less limiting and open, has better a Cloud foundation (which is essential to an ecosystem) and uses more universal apps. Replace ease of use with less function and you will be correct. Apples products are popular because it does have a cool image and an Apple logo, not because they are better.

47. alexkim92

Posts: 21; Member since: Mar 29, 2017

What?! "the vast majority of iPhones users buy iPhones ... not because of the way they look"??? Do you know that the majority of users are those who take selfies so that people know that they used an iPhone to take those selfies? They want to show off their socioeconomic status that they belong and use those that are used by the celebrities and hypes that we contribute to. Every consumer electronic is like that. But especially Apple. People use their Macbooks, iPhones, and iPads in Starbucks drinking coffee to show that you're some sort of a "hip" person. The continued success of the iPhone is because Apple abuses the very vice of people - vanity to sell. In your logic, what Samsung is doing here is exactly what Apple has been doing for the entirety of their existence.

46. sgodsell

Posts: 7533; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

It's idiots like yourself that come here to troll, and praise your iPhone. Yet at the end of the day you still can't do half decent VR on any iPhone. Forget the low resolution iPhone's like the iPhone 7. Yet Apple continues to sell a flagship priced iPhone 7 which has been the lowest resolution flagship on the market for quite some time. Apple and even people like you said that VR is a gimmick. Yet Samsung has over 5 million Gear VR units now in the world with tons of apps to take advantage of the display and fast hardware. I laugh at benchmark tests, especially when they say an iPhone 7 is faster than every other smartphone. Yet every other smartphone is now pushing almost 4 times the number of pixels (S8 now more than 4 times) than an iPhone 7. Yet the iPhone isn't anywhere near 4 times as fast as a smartphone that has a QHD display. AlikMalix you talk about your library of apps. Yet I would take a small library of VR apps over most of the iPhone's library of apps. Especially when those VR apps can really change your perspective on what's really out there. For instance just give me "Need for speed VR" and that game blows away every other driving game on mobile. When you put your smartphone in your VR headset and run that game. Then you can't go back to playing​ 2D or 3D games on a touch screen. The VR experience blows your mind. Yet if you own an iPhone, then you would never know this, because you are controlled, and too limited by the hardware that Apple has offered you.

20. belovedson

Posts: 1061; Member since: Nov 30, 2010

this is less of an upgrade? umm are seeing the same phone i am? the screen to body ratio plus the battery size is unreal.

22. Spyro

Posts: 334; Member since: Mar 29, 2017

My point is that if you have an S7, there is no point in upgrading unless you want to dedicate yourself to it. The screen is also kind of gimmicky to me IMO and battery isn't a step up from the S7. Some people are actually concerned of how the battery life will fare because the screen looks like it could drain the battery easily.

24. alexkim92

Posts: 21; Member since: Mar 29, 2017

I think Samsung went safe with the battery because of Note 7. They could have packed a bigger battery if they wanted to. They just didn't want the same thing to happen again.

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