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Samsung may stop making flat screen Galaxy phones and go full 'edge' - oh boy

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We have bad news for those of you who don't like Samsung's curved-screen "edge" Galaxy phones: Samsung is thinking about making all of its future Galaxy phones curved-screen "edge" Galaxy phones.


Comments made last week by an executive with the Korean company seem to hint that a standard flat-display version of the Galaxy S may not be a consumer option moving forward - maybe as soon as the Galaxy S8.

"Samsung has considered that it would make the 'edge' display as the identity of the Galaxy S smartphone lineup if the company can provide consumers differentiated user experience through software and user-friendly functions [for the curved screen]," said Head of Samsung Mobile Koh Dong-jin, reports the Korea Herald.

Samsung released the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge earlier this year, but if Koh is actually tipping the company's hand here, next year's Galaxy S8 could look more like the recently released Galaxy Note 7, which comes exclusively in a curved-screen version but without the "edge" moniker.

Edge or nah?

Even if you don't mind the look of Samsung's "edge" phones, an all-curved future for the Galaxy S may bring concerns.


For one, though Samsung's new Note 7 is launching at about the same price as its flat-screened predecessor (the Note 5), the last two years of dual Galaxy S releases had the "edge" variants at around $100 more (with a slightly larger screen) than the flat versions. So, we have to wonder whether a new curved Galaxy S would fall in line with the cheaper S pricing, or come at the premium of the former S edge?

And another thing: The "edge" versions of Samsung's Galaxy phones have been known to perform worse as virtual reality screens. Testers point out that, in the case of the S7 vs S7 edge, Samsung's curved screen causes minor light noise on the top/bottom of the Gear VR display and, due to having a lower pixel density than the flat screen, shows slightly duller VR images.

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Of course, Samsung's "edge" phones do offer some unique software that its flat phones don't, so all of those niceties would come standard in an all-curved Galaxy future.


Nitpicking aside, the prognosis for anti-curve Samsung fans isn't looking great. Maybe start looking into what straight-as-a-board phones LG or HTC have to offer?


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