The OLED iPhone 8 curves may be smaller than Samsung’s, 5.2" viewable area tipped

The OLED iPhone 8 curves may be smaller than Samsung’s, 5.2
All the rumors that Apple is experimenting with a new touch control paradigm for the sides of the rumored OLED iPhone 8 with curved display may have been referring to various prototypes Apple always has in its labs, according to Nikkei sources from the supply chain. The insiders claim that the iPhone 8 will have an OLED screen with a 5.2" viewable area that will be ever so slightly curved on all sides, purely for aesthetic purposes, with no new touch functions introduced for the sloping sections, let alone news tickers like on the first Note edge. This screen size is close to the 5.15" diagonal tipped by famed Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo as well.

In fact, the source claims that the bendy panels atop of the iPhone 8 will be curved even less than what Samsung did with phones like the S7 edge. Samsung itself restricted the curve amount and angle on the Note 7 compared to the S7 edge, and is expected to do the same with the S8, relegating the sloping edges mostly to beauty duties, rather than a tangible functionality. Apple is tipped to follow suit, and may also slap a slightly curved glass back panel that will be supplied by its traditional partners Biel Crystal and Lens Technology. This corroborates yesterday's rumor that Biel will provide Apple with "thermoformed" glass backs for the iPhone 8, too. 

The Nikkei source reiterates once again that a lot of the commotion around the eventual OLED iPhone 8 is still in flux in Apple's labs, which in its turn coincides with what Macotakara claimed the other day. The Japanese tipped that Apple is still toying around with many prototype ideas, but in the end what it will come up with may not be as drastic as rumored, or that the iPhone 8 with OLED screen may only be announced in September, but released at a later date. Plenty of time for Apple to clear it up, and we'll keep our eyes peeled for any new developments. One point is for sure, though - an OLED iPhone 8 would be pretty expensive.

source: Nikkei via 9to5Mac

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19 Comments

1. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1806; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

Man I miss the first note edge curved screen... You could actually put stuff on that curve and interact with them... Oh the memories... Oh this is a iphone article.... My fault...

3. SleeperOne

Posts: 370; Member since: Feb 25, 2017

It's hard to disagree with your point though, edges have went the way of 3D unfortunately.

4. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1025; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

You can still interact with the current Edge screens with select app, the People's Edge, Apps Edge, etc. The main difference is the Note Edge was built into the display, and the new edge is just a side tray which could easily be programed into a flat panel display. I for one like the Peoples edge since I leave my phone face down at work and I can see the screen illuminate when I receive messages or calls from specific contacts. However since the Nougat Update, they removed the color coded Peoples Edge

5. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1806; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

Oh I still use all my edge functions but there's nothing like that note edge...

8. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1025; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

I really wasn't one for large phones when the Note Edge was out, I decided to give the Note 7 a try and now I hate smaller devices. I'm using the s7 Edge for now but I'm missing the smoother feel of the Note 7

10. Chanmaxi

Posts: 20; Member since: Jan 19, 2017

I'm still using my good ol' Note Edge running Android 6.0.1 it does everything I want it to even though it's not as fluid and smooth as the newer models.

6. Khyron

Posts: 397; Member since: Sep 28, 2015

ohh I remeber the days when isheep claimed about the realistic and the superior quality of retina lcd 750p iphone's screen

18. submar

Posts: 713; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

And all of a sudden edge isn't a gimmick anymore, cause apple uses it.

9. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Well there is app you can get with the S7 edge and have load of app on the side. The app also work with flat screen.

13. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

oh right.. I remember that phone... I want it but it's too overpriced.. and even after S6 released, note edge price is barely dropped... then I get S6edge

2. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1025; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

SO the iPhone 8 will be like the galaxy s7?

12. omnitech

Posts: 1131; Member since: Sep 28, 2016

Yeah they will just use the left over GS7 displays. Do you really think Apple would buy premium 5.8 bezeless displays for their sheep when they know full well and iPhone 7 with an OLED screen would sell just as much?

19. steodoreben

Posts: 379; Member since: Sep 26, 2013

@omnitech LOL. Apple will use Samsung's outdated left over OLED panels and overcharge it for their "new" "innovation".

7. torr310

Posts: 1633; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

I disabled all the edge functions on my S7 Edge. I got it only because of the larger screen and battery. It's not comfortable to hold and have to to extreme careful to damage the screen (since there is no perfect matched temper glass screen protector in the market).

11. omnitech

Posts: 1131; Member since: Sep 28, 2016

Looks like I am right. A bezeless 5.2 inch phone would be much smaller than the iPhone 7. Heck a bezelicious pixel is barely larger than an iPhone 7 and that has a 5.1 inch display. So looks like my theory that the iPhone 8 is just going to be an iPhone 7s with a slightly larger OLED display is correct. Lol

14. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

You would be wrong sir. It's 5.2 inches of usable space. You forgot the touchbar. The total will be 5.8 inches according to rumors. With that said, that screen can still fit onto the body of a 4.7 inch iPhone with no bezels.

17. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Not the way Apple designs phones it won't. lol.

15. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Except, Samsung added a function which I am sure they will keep. Lots of people like the edge features because it gives them quick access to things without having multiple home-screen, needing to visit the app-tray, or in the case of iOS, scrolling so may home screens when you forget there is a search function.

16. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

So if the entire display is 5.8" and only 5.2 is usable, does that mean this other area which I assume is goign to be an onscreen button, is actually still a physical button hidden underneath and the screen sits above it? That's lame. Why not just drop the hold physical button concept and just use onscreen buttons? I mean I could care less if it copies Android. But why waste time making the screen larger, if 100% of the screen isn't even usable? So what happens when you watch a movie? Will the movie only be playing on the 5.2" of the 5.8" display? If so that would be very dumb and I wont but that. It would be different if they said it was 5.8 and 5.5 is usable because the onscreen buttons are actually physical buttons under the display and because they are at the very bottom, it still leaves more screen usable for the user and the buttons disappear and movies for example take up the whole screen. Please Apple, dont do anything stupid. Even though I hate onscreen buttons, I rather that be because when they are not needed they can disappear and you have 100% of the screen to use. If a physical button is hidden under the screen, that part of the screen will not be active to the user and that would be dumb!

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