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Samsung hints at ditching flat displays for Galaxy S8

Samsung’s existing Galaxy S7 series could be its last with flat displays. The South Korean company has hinted that flat glass could be dropped entirely for the Galaxy S8 refresh next year as it makes curved devices its focus.

Curved displays were considered a bit of a gimmick when Samsung first introduced one with the Galaxy Note Edge in 2014, but they have since become much more popular than even Samsung originally anticipated.

Last year’s Galaxy S6 edge was met with incredibly strong demand, forcing Samsung to open up a new factory just to keep up with orders, while this year’s Galaxy S7 edge has also proved to be even more popular that the flat Galaxy S7.

Samsung has already taken the decision to cut flat glass from the Galaxy Note lineup, so the upcoming Galaxy Note 7 is available with a curved display only. Now the same could happen to the Galaxy S8 series next year.

“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 Koh Dong-jin, head of Samsung’s mobile business, during an interview in New York.

It’s thought Samsung’s final decision could rest on the success of the Galaxy Note 7. If the device sells well without a flat option, then Samsung may have no qualms about dropping the flat model from the Galaxy S series next year.

However, if Galaxy Note sales fall as a result of those curves, Samsung’s plans could change.

Killian Bell

Killian Bell is a 20-something technology journalist based in a tiny town in England. He has an obsession with that little company in Cupertino...