It is being rumored that Samsung will release two flagship smartphones in Q1 2017 and that both will feature screens that are curved on both sides. The South Korean smartphone giant is expected to release two versions of the Galaxy, one with a 5.7-inch display and the other with a 6.2-inch display. However, experts believe that it’s too soon for the company to wave goodbye to flat screens.
The Galaxy S8 is expected to have a screen-to-body ratio of over 90 percent. Despite radical changes in the design, experts have expressed doubts whether customers would be happy to wave flat screens goodbye. Samsung adopted curved screens into its smartphones to distinguish the design of its products from other vendors, but the Chinese firms are catching up fast.
Choo Dae-young, an analyst of the electronics industry at Korea Institute for Industrial Economics & Trade, said, “There appears to be no high demand for dual-edge screens because some still find them inconvenient because they mistakenly touch the sides of the smartphones. The utility of a bezel-less display does not seem that much higher for small, portable smartphones compared to televisions.”
Samsung is seemingly developing two foldable smartphones, one with a display that can be folded inwards and the other with a display that can be folded outwards. These phones can be used as tablets when they’re unfolded. Practically speaking, such foldable devices can be pretty useful. On the other hand, Apple seems to be adopting curved (and also OLED) displays for its 2017 iPhones.