So, there's no flat screen variant of the Galaxy S8. What do you think about that?

So, there's no flat screen variant of the Galaxy S8. What do you think about that?
The Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are out and they are as pretty as expected! Shiny and futuristic, the phones sport edge screens and minimal bezels around them. Yes, we said “phones” in plural — while for the past 3 years, going back to the Note 4 and Note Edge, Samsung has always given us the option to get an “ordinary”, flat screen model, or shell out an extra $100 for a dual-curved edge display, the option is now gone.

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.

What say you, readers? Is the lack of a flat Galaxy S8 a turn-off for you?

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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79 Comments

1. superguy

Posts: 415; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

I hate the curved glass on my wife's S7 Edge. It's a nonstarter for me. Much prefer the flat screen of the S7.

18. Cat97

Posts: 1774; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

However, annoyingly, the S7 screen is "curved" enough to not accept a proper screen protector. Only cases with embedded screen protectors work reasonably well with it.

51. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

That's simply false. I bought 9H protectors that cover 100% of the screen. Just because you don;t know how to shop and you are not tech literate, doesn;t mean the phone ha sfault. YOU ARE THE FAULT Any of these items will work perfect https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_c_1_10?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=s7+edge+9h+glass+screen+protector&sprefix=S7+edge+9h%2Caps%2C187&crid=292JKFVQMOQMJ Your claim is false. You claim is BS. You really need to factually educate yourself.

58. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Techie we tested over 12 different brand of tempered glass screen protector for S7 edge they all failled miserably. Some only stick on the side so the middle seem to float. Some dont stick well on the side. Some are simply crap. I work in a cellshop specialized for business and we install over 50-100 screen protector a day and we have under 1% faillure rate ( imperfection ) so the phone design was crap. S8 do have a more managable curve so we shall see if we can get some good tempered glass for it before judging. Still i take a flat phone any day over a useless curve. i dont need to loost part of the screen to a curve thats serve no purpose beside look and design. PS: same thing apply for cases the thin case for S7 edge dont protect as well as the same model of case for flat S7 thats proven.

65. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1009; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

The issue with the Screen Protectors has nothing to do with the Edge Screens but the glass companies that can't figure out how to make a fully adhesive piece of tempered glass for the edge. How can they place a solid coat of adhesive on a flat panel glass yet only place it along the edges of the curved glass? Doesn't seem like rocket science. And Everyone gets that you work in a Cellshop, So do I but I don't have to mention it in every single article I comment on. And as for the Flat vs Curve, good for your opinion, however the Edge variants have proven to sell better than the flat variants so that's what Samsung wants to sell. If you don't like it, there's no need to complain, just buy a flat phone like the Pixel

72. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Rampage_Taco We where able to get some with adesive on edge and middle and its was still not very good and had a tendency of comming off at the edges. If its not rocket science maybe you should go work for them and show them your superior intellect? Do you know they have engineer working on this right? As for the fact i work in a Cellshop its completely valid to give from where you have the experience on something many do the same thing so i do as i please. As for edge versus flat http://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/samsung-2016-galaxy-s7-edge-sales/ 11.8 million for flat versus 13 million for curve show there is a need for both model because if we wana talk about how many total device sold Samsung sell much more lower end than flagship so why not stop selling flagship? No flat model was a mistake and they will loose part of those million thats got the flat S7 and want a flat screen phone. I would even get one myself ( the normal S8 not the S8+ its too big ) if its was flat screen because i was impressed at how smooth the phone is compared to last year model. Yes i will buy a flat phone this year ( maybe two as i pay them half price anyway ) but i will wait see what others will bring to the table. The G6 is tempting ( but i wana see final version camera shot first ) S8 was tempting but edge screen is a no deal for me. you guys need to take a chill pill and accept others ppl choice and preference.

82. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1009; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

Marorun, Manufacturing a jet propulsion system using highly combustible fuel is far more difficult that forming 9H glass and a thin layer of adhesive. Not saying I can do it but The edge screens have been around for a few years now so someone is slacking in development. And as for the Cellshop I get your experience working there has you working around phones all day, but that doesn't make you an expert on what others like. People clearly like the Edge models, they have the alternate choices to purchase a low end, older model, or different OEM if they choose that they don't want to have a curved display. The reason I said anything at all is because of the handful of people on here who don't personally like the curve think because they dislike it, that everyone should hate the edge as well. As for flat phones I would wait to see what the Pixel 2 or V30 looks like before jumping on the G6, from early tests it seems the 835 definitely helps with battery performance. Sorry if I upset you

66. Clars123

Posts: 1075; Member since: Mar 16, 2015

YOU need to calm the f**k down and quit berating everyone who remotely expresses some form of negative opinion about Samsung devices. If they dont like the curve they dont like the curve. Sheeesh! I like Samsung too, but what you do all over the site is just plain stupid and annoying to look at.

71. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Ok... what have we got here? Profanity is full in this comment section, PA!

69. llk171

Posts: 95; Member since: Mar 31, 2013

This coming from the guy who claim and Ipad pro lags is pretty hilarious.

85. tedkord

Posts: 17133; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I've no idea about the Pro, but I've got an Air 2 that lags.

81. ebilcake

Posts: 1219; Member since: Jul 16, 2016

Meh - I hate glass protectors, they never fit quite right and feel wrong, I've tried a few and installation is never as straight forward as the instructions indicate. The standard screen protectors are bad enough to install even with flat screens, with curved screens it's a nightmare. In a pack of five I might get two installed to a good standard on a flat screen, with curved display... actually I don't even want to try. Yes, it's possible to install them correctly with good results but how many will you have to go through to achieve that goal? Quite a lot and it hurts even more when you buy the expensive kind. I like my phones naked, anything that ruins to feel of them is unwelcome so personally I don't mind a slight curve. However the Samsung curve is too much, the reflections are annoying.

84. Cat97

Posts: 1774; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

If you have an S7 Edge and purchased screen protectors for it, then you know the truth and yet choose to lie. Everyone knows that there is no good tempered glass screen protector for the S7 Edge which works as well as one for a flat screen phone. Of course, there are tons of crap ones that you can try for 2 days and then throw them out in the garbage bin after they fail miserably.

87. Mittal

Posts: 494; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

And you need to calm down... deep breaths deep breaths

96. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 960; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

9H lol ok. Anyway, I've tried roughly 8 different brands of tempered glass screen protector for my S7 Edge, and all of them were trash. Most only have adhesive around the very edge, leaving a weird gap between the phone glass and screen protector, plus using a case always interferes with the thin adhesive on the edge of the protector, causing the protector to just pop off. Or, the protector doesn't cover all of the glass, causing a halo effect where the edge of the protector doesn't adhere to the screen. But you knew that because you're so tech literate.

26. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1009; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

TO be air the newer Edge screens starting with the Note 7 are much nicer than those found on the s7 and s6 edge variants

36. southernzombie

Posts: 352; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

after looking at the S8 in person the curved edges don't seem to be nearly as steep as they were on previous edge phones. they are still there and I would prefer perfectly flat but I don't dislike it as much on the 8 as I did the 6 and 7.

95. MySchizoBuddy

Posts: 159; Member since: Aug 23, 2011

you already have a flat s8. It's called Lg G6

3. kiko007

Posts: 7491; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Flat, curved, round, doesn't matter really.

8. You_Dont_Say

Posts: 431; Member since: Jan 26, 2015

The poll proves you wrong. Many would say it matters.

12. maherk

Posts: 6715; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Sales numbers are what really matters, and if the Edge variant wasn't a success, you would've seen Samsung ditching it by now, and Huawei and other Chinese OEMs not selling curved screen variants of their flagships for higher price.

24. Rydsmith unregistered

Edge variant actually outsold the flat one by a substantial margin. Sometimes I wonder if people here live in a bubble and think that the "tech enthusist" site like this is the end all be a of opinions.

75. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

did edge sales outweight flat sales by 10 to 1? http://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/samsung-2016-galaxy-s7-edge-sales/ first half of 2016 the difference was not by much ( 11.8 m to 13 m ) Samsung will loose clients just because of thats and i already have clients thats decided to go for LG G6 because of thats and they had Samsung since the S3 if not before but they dont want a curved screen. If you like the curved one good for you. Just dont bash on ppl who say they would have liked a flat one.

50. abdoualgeria

Posts: 928; Member since: Jul 27, 2015

Sells proves it matters ....

57. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

The poll proves that its not as much of a big deal as you're trying ot make it out to be.

70. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

kiko007 Flat, curved, round ect do not matter okay. So you say all men and women should not have preference for body size? you say we should all drive same car model? Typical apple user who think we all have identical need and preference.

5. RoryBreaker

Posts: 197; Member since: Oct 11, 2015

The curved edge screen is about as good an idea as that curved phone LG made a few years back...I hope Samsung stops forcing it on their customers very soon!

60. monoke

Posts: 1145; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

I kind of equate it to the curved TV that now seems to be phasing out. Would I want the top/lower screen on my TV to be convex curved slightly? Hell no. Why would I want to look at images n videos all distorted with damn reflections? Lol.

76. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

They can continue to make it edged screen but they need to bring back a flat screen model.

6. darkkjedii

Posts: 30836; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Should've had the option.

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