This might not come as a surprise, but according to a new report from the Korea Herald, Samsung could ditch the traditional flat display on the Galaxy S8 and all future Galaxy S handsets, instead opting for the dual-curved edge screen.
After Samsung launched its first dual-curved edge smartphone in 2015, the Galaxy S6 Edge, the demand for a phone with that type of a display has skyrocketed. Not only are Galaxy S7 Edge units continuing to fly off the shelves, the new design has been so successful that Samsung decided to ditch the traditional flat display entirely on the Galaxy Note 7 and stick with that dual-curved edge screen.
After seeing so much success with this design, Samsung is hinting at completely ditching the flat display style in future Galaxy S devices, putting more focus on the curved display.
“Samsung has considered that it would make the edge display as the identity of the Galaxy S smartphone lineup,” said the head of Samsung’s mobile division, Dong-jin Koh.
It’s possible that we could see next year’s Galaxy S8 launch in the traditional variant as well as a curved display variant, but then again, the trend is seemingly headed towards the curved display only.
Samsung last year launched the Galaxy S6 Edge+ and Galaxy Note 5 (one device with the curved display and the other with a flat). This year, instead of offering another Edge phone, Samsung went exclusively for the curved display on this year’s Note 7. It’s not a far-fetched idea to see that same trend happen with next year’s Galaxy S8.
On the other hand a market watcher told the Korea Herald that “Samsung will not likely get rid of the flat-screen Galaxy S smartphone model right away, but if the market response is positive with the Note 7, it would surely serve as a cue for Samsung to focus only on the Edge model.”
We’re certainly quite away from a launch, but it’ll be interesting to see what Samsung ends up going with on the Galaxy S8 and all future flagships. One thing’s for certain: the trend is definitely leaning towards exclusively the curved display.