Samsung likes curves: will it be the only option for the Galaxy S8?
With the Galaxy S6 two variants appeared on the market, one with a curved screen, and another more conventional. That move seemed risky at the time - dizzy with many versions - but Samsung is gradually doing well, as the accounts say, and also as can be seen in the new devices that it has been launching since then.
If we take a look at the numbers that the Korean company gave us in the presentation of the Note 7, we could interpret that the curve was beginning to be necessary: 60% of the Galaxy S6 that were sold corresponded to the “normal” model, while 40% were "Edge". Those data should be repeated or improved on the S7, a fact that seemed complicated considering that the curve had to be paid a lot more expensive.There are still no concrete figures but that the Galaxy S7 Edge is becoming a more popular model than its "flat" variant.
Another point to put on the table are Samsung's priorities. The Koreans have not been shy in stating that they first wanted to aesthetically improve their terminals, above the functionality that a curved screen can provide. I think this has been achieved, and we can confirm it with the design of the Note 7. Will everything bet on the new design?
The next step we will see in the Galaxy S, where the curve will not be so much an option as a sign of identity. It is a way of presenting differentiation thanks to its technology, something that many competitors will not be able to easily replicate, despite the fact that in this market everything ends up being copied.
"Samsung is considering that the curved screen has to be a sign of identity in the Galaxy S" Dong-jin Koh, head of the mobile division
The third important aspect to fulfill is that of production. It is of little use that you have a special point if you cannot offer it on a large scale, or at least the one needed in a phone with these characteristics. It seems that this is more controlled in the Samsung factories, and they will be able to prioritize in the curved models, so it is possible that the next Galaxy does not have a flat version.
Note 7 is the touchstone
Clearly it will be the Galaxy Note 7 that helps make the decision, since it is the first one that is not called Edge and offers the default curve. With the new Note they went on to take all the design ideas developed on the Edge, and if the general public assumes the changes to be positive, they will be "conservative" and take them to a Galaxy S8 next year.