Should Samsung re-introduce flat-screen flagships?

Should Samsung re-introduce flat-screen flagships?
Back in the day, Samsung always had two variants for its top-tier phones — a “regular” one and an “edge” one. The latter had that cool-looking double-curved screen, while the “normal” flagships would have a very traditional flat screen, with a full frame around it.

Since the Note 7, Samsung went more aggressive with the curvy design and eliminated the choice entirely — if you are getting a top-tier Sammy smartphone, it's going to have a curved screen, there are just no more flat variants.

And that's an understandable choice — the Edge models were always much more popular than the regular ones. They give you that signature Samsung look, which really sets the phone apart from the competition. And it's cool and futuristic.

At least it was, two generations of phones ago. Now, it's kind of normal to see yet another screen with a dual curve. And since the aesthetics are no longer that much of a novelty, the fact that Edge screen (ahem, Infinity display) phones are a bit harder to hold is becoming more and more of an annoyance. So, we wonder — do we all still absolutely love Edge screens (Infinity displays, oops!), or are we willing to take on a flatter design by Sammy again?

A high-class Samsung phone with a flat screen - yay or nay?

A flat-screened Note would be great!
24.82%
A normal Galaxy S flagship, please...
17.58%
Nah, the curves are absolutely cool!
29.12%
I am over the curves, limit them to only one device and return the rest to normal, please
28.48%

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69 Comments

1. SyCo87

Posts: 325; Member since: Sep 19, 2013

I love the curved-screen and all, but finding a screen-protector that lasts has been impossible so far.

10. Bankz

Posts: 2550; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

No, because their curved screens are a work of art. especially on the GS8.

54. iurisimo

Posts: 10; Member since: Apr 10, 2017

this art is impractical, it cannot be properly protected and if it breaks it cost half of the phone price to fix it. Sorry but im %100 for flat screens!

57. kent-gaga

Posts: 609; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

if it's art, it should hang on the wall and not in pockets, actually

24. bucknassty

Posts: 1365; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

i usually use the spigen one, but it makes the screen look crappy. if you find a great glass one let me know.

36. babyk

Posts: 379; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

tech amor

28. luis.aag90

Posts: 278; Member since: Aug 12, 2014

Agreed, I ended up with a wet application film screen that has fared well for the last 3 months

37. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

Same guurl, saaaame. when I do find one, it's having trouble fitting with a case one :(

45. Cat97

Posts: 1969; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

There is only one screen protector that works on curved glass reasonably well: the Dome Glass protector with UV application. But it's very expensive and there are some application failures. But at least it doesn't suck and tries to behave just like a normal tempered glass protector does on a flat screen.

49. imlegitcusimthasht

Posts: 306; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

lensun. unbreakable. check it on yt

58. MisterX

Posts: 59; Member since: Jul 02, 2015

The Zagg screen protector is the best.. been using it for 3 years on my S6 Edge. Dropped the phone so many times and nothing happens, except for a few dead pixels one time but no cracks. I go to the mall and some Asian guy applies it for me, easily. Always go for the HD screen protector.

66. geordie8t1

Posts: 307; Member since: Nov 16, 2015

Ebay, glass screen protector, $10/£6 get clear model not the version with coloured top and bottoms, they work perfect and protect way better then a plastic film protector, i have had 3 seperate galaxies fitted with these and they have saved 2 of my screens, and yes they are the curved versions, note 8, s8 and s9 plus

2. torr310

Posts: 1690; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

curved screen is like a date looking beautiful but you can't sleep with.

47. Klinton

Posts: 1409; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

You will not only sleep with, but you will fall in love. All nowaday's smartphones are big, so the curves make them much easier to hold and operate onehanded. The beauty is just an additional extra. BTW, I bet on, that all who voted against the curved Note, have never tried it with S Pen. Just ignorant's negative buzz! The Note curves are so minimal , so no problem for the S Pen. Not at all. All today's flagship phones, MUST be little curved!

59. cocoy

Posts: 464; Member since: Oct 30, 2015

I've tried it but I find it annoying looking on that curve screen that's why I chose the Galaxy Tab S3. It also has stylus, call and message capabilities for an LTE version.

3. TechSceptic

Posts: 1156; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

No, why should they? There is a billion flat-screen devices out there, if you want that. The curved screen/glass was invented and introduced to the smartphone market by Samsung. It's a core part of their design language, so they definitely shouldn't remove it. It's one of the things that makes their designs beautiful and unique.

26. bucknassty

Posts: 1365; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

i think the note should return to a flat screen... it has something unique with the s-Pen. if they can get the screen all the way to the edge that will be cool

32. TechSceptic

Posts: 1156; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

Ah, a fair point. You're right, it makes sense for the Note to be essentially flat, at least the screen part, as it is tied to the S-pen, which is kind of hindered by a curved screen. It would also be a cool way to differentiate the Galaxy Note from the Galaxy S-series. I'm actually not against a flatter Note. All of their smartphones which doesn't use an S-pen should still sport their signature curved screen though, imo.

41. bucknassty

Posts: 1365; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

i agree, the curve is unique and nice

4. Sunbae-min

Posts: 135; Member since: Mar 25, 2018

I don't even know how can you come up with such a poll? Samsung is a leader in tech, you can't ask them to stop innovating, bring more new things to the world, YOU CAN'T ! coz you're not there one to responsible for R&D spending. Samsung won't play with flat screen anymore coz it's very outdated for 2018. It's been there for decades and your want the world's largest conglomerate to stuck with such a boring technology like Sony? Nah, this is a foolish decision.

14. Cat97

Posts: 1969; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Innovation means creating useful things that respond to a need, curved screens in smartphones are not innovation. If they wanted curved screens for compactness, then why did they elongate their phones to remote-control sizes...defeats the purpose.

22. Sunbae-min

Posts: 135; Member since: Mar 25, 2018

Maybe you should look back what you said. Innovation means introduce sth new, new idea or method that isn't existing before. Samsung is the world's first developer of curved OLED screen and introduced its practice in the Note 4 Edge. The curved practice is gonna inspire the idea of foldable gadgets which will be made available soon by Samsung too. Your hate on Samsung is too obvious, but failed!

27. Well-Manicured-Man

Posts: 707; Member since: Jun 16, 2015

You are only right to a certain extent. Something new is only one part of the definition of innovation. The other part is that people want the new thing. This means that if you come up with something new but hardly anybody wants it, the new thing is not an innovation. I owned a galaxy s8 for 4 months. It is a great phone with great display quality but I went to iPhone X lately due to issues resulting from the curved screen. I always created accidental inputs on the screen due to the curves. Furthermore when you looked on the screen you could often see color shifting along the left and right edge or you see some kind of slight shadow under the glass of the left and right edge. If Samsung goes back to flat screens I would consider Samsung again.

60. MisterX

Posts: 59; Member since: Jul 02, 2015

I don't like the curved screen for innovation, I like it for the design and the level of comfort I get while holding it. I'm sure everyone else who buys Samsung galaxy phones buy them because they are unique.. If you don't like it there are plenty of companies that make flat screen phones so stop bickering!

21. Nimbus

Posts: 442; Member since: Apr 02, 2018

Supernova don't assume sony left with boring technology it is developing microled for future uses & oled for apple n inscreen fingerprint scanner for M+LCD panel & LCD panels and even camera sensor for huawaei pro camera & other OEMS.

25. Sunbae-min

Posts: 135; Member since: Mar 25, 2018

Blah blah blah keep making excuse for your beloved, but poor weak Sony. What is it's role in display competition so far today? Sony even losing market share to some small Chinese companies, let alone it can go toes to toe with giant like Samsung or LG. Let face it Sony OLED is purely crap that's why it won't publicly attract other OEM to use it in their smartphone display, it's simply put no doubt.

29. Nimbus

Posts: 442; Member since: Apr 02, 2018

I will post a link to give u evidence on what i said is true but PA is not allowing me right now bcoz new member its only valid after 7 day membership here.i will post u later after a week.

69. fuccbois

Posts: 4; Member since: May 10, 2017

And yet, crapsung still copies Sony. There's no real innovation with crapsung, all they do is copy, advertise and copy. The end.

5. LikeMyself

Posts: 631; Member since: Sep 23, 2013

I think the curved display is what attracts customers & it's better now with lesser glare. They should make an official tempered glass screen protector for these curved devices though.

6. ajebulon

Posts: 10; Member since: Dec 21, 2017

Curve display should only exist when it uses sapphire or anything else strong enough to prevent scratch and micro-abrasion. It's been a hell trying to find a good full cover screen protector

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