So, what if there is no flat-screen Galaxy S8? Would you be on board with an edge-only model?


The Galaxy S8's unveiling may have been delayed, but it's still not too far off — only about 2 months left, according to reports. Naturally, we are getting rumors, leaks, renders, alleged pictures, and whatnot each and every day. And we can't help but notice that there's very little talk about a “regular” Galaxy S8 — one that doesn't have a curved or super-massive screen.

Of course, it could not be getting much limelight just because it's a more “boring”, orthodox model, compared to the futuristic, almost borderless edge screens of its curved counterparts. But considering that, a few months ago, Samsung canceled a flat-screen variant of the Note 7 and chose to go with a curved model only, it's not impossible that the company might do the same with its upcoming flagship.

Earlier rumors talked of a Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8 edge, and Galaxy S8 Plus. What if there is no regular S8, but just an “edge” and the new Plus? While the curved models do look undeniably cooler, they are also undeniably more expensive (an edge adds around $100 on top of the regular model's price). There's also the fact that some people just prefer the more "orthodox" devices, especially when it comes time to put screen protectors and cases on them.

That said, how would you feel if there's no "flat" Galaxy S8?

How would you feel if there is no flat-screened Galaxy S8?

Doesn't matter, the edge models are much more awesome anyway
37.51%
It's not a dealbreaker, I wasn't sure whether I prefer flat or curve anyway
11.73%
It'd be fine if the starting price matches the starting price of the Galaxy S7 on launch
20.01%
I would get up and scream a Darth Vader-esque "Nooooooooooo!"
30.75%



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59 Comments

1. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1060; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

The real question is will it have an Edge more similar to the Note 7 or the s7 Edge. The Note 7's Edge was more appealing and less out there then the previous edge phones.

13. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Well.. "I would get up and scream a Darth Vader-esque "Nooooooooooo!" isn't exactly what I've in mind... But, since its the only option that works for me, I voted for it...! Why do you think I use a 'regular', 'uncurved' and 'boring' S6 instead of an Edgy Edge...? First thing is the price difference, and second thing is that you don't necessarily get a 'superior' product by dishing out more cash, quite the opposite, IMHO... In any case, I'd sure love to see a "Non-Edgy" variant with a small 5-5.2" Screen with perhpas less RAM as 8 Gigs is just too bloody much...! I'd be more than happy with just 6 Gigs, maybe even 4...! Might as well call it The "Mini"...! Revive the old name...! Something to compete with the likes of iPhone SE... Oh well... Only time will tell, eh? G'Day!

18. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1060; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

Well it seems that your main flaw in the edge is it comes with the premium Retail so wouldn't the option about pricing it like the s7 make more sense? But the idea of an s8 Mini would be nice, but I think Samsung would just advise buyers who want a smaller device to go with the A or J series. As in reference to the RAM 8GB is beyond what is needed. 6GB would should power the Pro and Note models while the regular model should be powered by 4GB

29. RoryBreaker

Posts: 219; Member since: Oct 11, 2015

This stupidity coming from Samsung leaves me looking pretty seriously at the LG G6. I WANT THE OPTION OF A FLAT SCREEN!

35. dennisfurlan

Posts: 28; Member since: Jun 22, 2015

Sales of the Note 7, which only had a curved-edge version, were excellent — until disaster struck. And that's a functional phone. So, from that, I guess Samsung concluded that it could attract and impress more people with the curved design than turn people, such as yourself, off.

54. McLTE

Posts: 922; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Samsung really did a FANTASTIC job designing the lines of the N7. I'm not really into the curved screen thing at all, but the way they pulled off the rounding on the N7 - I'm sold. It was so comfortable to use, I really hope the S8 has similar lines.

39. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

You're right, you don't get a superior device. Its the same device with a different option. Its like cars and trim levels. My work truck I had, was a 4 Cylinder. That's all I needed. It got 1 mile per gallon better mileage vs the V6 option, and I didn't see any need to pay an extra $3500 for a V6 and another $3000 to have 19" allow wheels. I was perfect fine with a V4 and 16" alloy wheels. But then the dealer called me asking to buy my car back 3 years later and offered Kelly Blue Book for it. On top of that I received $7000 in incentives. So I stepped up from my SXT and went for the next trim level up. Since I save $7000 with all the incentives, that was perfect because, it covered the cost of going V6, it covered the cost of 19" wheels and I got the truck brand new for 2017 for the same price I paid for a slightly lesser trim model 3 years ago. But with the phone, for me the extra $100 for a curved display wasn't a big deal. What is superior though is the looks. The flat S6/7 are boring. Even though the curve is useless other than looks, that's enough for me. After all, better looks always cost extra money with ALL PRODUCT categories. After all a Big Mac is nothing more than a Double Cheeseburger with Thousand Island Dressing and Lettuce. Right? Yet it cost 3 times as much. You don't have to pay extra. But why rain on someone else parade if they choose it. I think the flat has a boring design as flat phones have been out or years and I concept. Also since carriers don't subsidize, I always get my phones on lease, so I have the option to swap 3 times a year...thank you T-Mobile. So I get to own 3 for the cost of one. Since I have to pay for the cost just like you, I may as well get the best available option, not just making due. But that's just me!

2. galaxy-gear

Posts: 119; Member since: Sep 30, 2016

Flat screen has become a thing of the past! I used a curved screen

15. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

yeah right... and other manufacturer start following curved screen trend

19. libra89

Posts: 2281; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

I really hope not.

41. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Apple has. Let's see, who was the first OEM to introduce a phone with the 2.5D curved glass? It wasn't Apple. But they did move to it with the iPhone 6 which was a good move. Now for the 7S or 8, they will go curved similar to the S6 Edge. You next iPhone as an example could be this -http://www.iphonehacks.com/2014/04/iphone-6-renderings-curved-glass-display.html If it was such a "bad" idea, why are so many OEM's using it? Even Chinese OEM's are using it. Why? Because the overall flat design is boring and it is simply a tweak. I do agree with anyone who says, every OEM should still offer a flat option. So if Samsung was a car company, Samsung has 50 cars available. Some cars will have a curved display, some cars wont. The car you may want, may only come in a curved display model. So what is your option? CHOOSE ANOTHER MODEL. Samsung has pegged that its 2 top selling models are now going to carry its signature style and is their premium models and those models will only come curved. Don't want curves? It means you don't want a premium models. Its just like shopping for a car. You go to a showroom and you tell the dealer what you are looking for and they match what is the best available option. Unless you pay the manufacturer for a custom option, you have to take what is available and dealers make very little changes to those available options. Curved or flat? For me it depends on what the phone looks like. Not all phones where the curve look all that well. I think the S7 following the Note 5's design was a good idea for the back of the phone making it easier to hold and more comfortable. Something the S6 didn't have until the edge model. For me the S6 Edge is the best looking device period and is 2nd only to my Note 7 and I agree with above where someone said the Note 7 curve is less drastic and is cooler. But I likes the sharp edges S6 Edge better vs the S7. Even though the S7 Edge is nice, the S6 Edge to me is a much better option and has 128GB onboard which is a huge plus for me because I don't have to use an sdcard.

24. nedimko_wot

Posts: 115; Member since: Oct 01, 2016

i had note edge but it fell on curved side it was done since then i dont buy curved phones and i feel that i need those fetures that come with curved screens

32. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

no thanks. i like my phone well protected and curved screen phone cases dont protect well.

3. kerginaldo17 unregistered

Ir will be similar to Note7

4. ahmadkun

Posts: 587; Member since: May 02, 2016

you said that .. the edge models are much more awesome anyway

5. Klinton

Posts: 1409; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

If once ppl try edge screen like Note7 they will never go back. It's different edge than GS7. Best large-phone design for one-hand use

31. RoryBreaker

Posts: 219; Member since: Oct 11, 2015

Not a chance! I protect my very expensive phone with a case. Curved screens are horrible for cases, I don't care how "Cool" some people feel they are!

56. Klinton

Posts: 1409; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

Even the cases, let you take use of the practical design using it one handed/ Best design for large phones. Period.(if small edges like on Note7) Flat screen is from the past.

6. SupermanayrB

Posts: 1188; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

Forced into the S7E since the Note 7 kept trippin so, duh.

7. sissy246

Posts: 7117; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Won't stop me from getting the note 8. I will just have to get use to holding my phone a different way then I do now is all.

16. torr310

Posts: 1659; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Just like Apple's AntennaGate -- You are holding it wrong! LOL That's ironic... both Apple fans and Samsung fans are similar in the end.

21. sissy246

Posts: 7117; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

LOL good one LOL

8. j_grouchy

Posts: 177; Member since: Nov 08, 2016

Problem is the difficulty in finding/providing screen protection for the curved screens. I typically have a tempered glass protection on mine and I imagine it would be tough to make one work.

53. wakecrash

Posts: 10; Member since: Dec 04, 2014

With the new gorilla glass your not gonna need to place a screen protector on the next galaxy models.

9. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3106; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Edge screen is a gimmick. Flat screen all the way.

12. dennisfurlan

Posts: 28; Member since: Jun 22, 2015

It's not a gimmick. It's a genuine design feature. Liking it or not is a different issue.

17. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

yeah right... flat screen is even more useless than something that they call "gimmick"

30. phonearenarocks

Posts: 606; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

Cant agree more

22. sissy246

Posts: 7117; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

He won't be saying that when all makers fallow Samsung .

33. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Before all maker make edge screen only they be making foldable one and i will use those. I dont want crap fragile edge display.

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