Samsung has enough faith in its Edge screen technology to only make a curved version of the Galaxy Note 7 without a flat screen alternative, and it may soon be the same for the flagship S range.
Samsung Mobile President Dong-jin Koh told The Korea Herald, "Samsung has considered that it would make the edge display the identity of the Galaxy S smartphone lineup." Reading between the lines this sounds like Samsung may be about to ditch its flat smartphones for good, at least at the top end.
Koh also noted that Samsung needs to provide different user experiences through the features and the software of the Edge screen before it can become the sole version of the flagship brand.
The Edge screen is mostly for aesthetics on the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, but it seems Samsung is ready to improve the functionality for future releases.
Close to the edge
If Samsung feels the Galaxy Note 7 sells well enough with its Edge screen tech, it may spell the end of the flat display for the Galaxy S8.
Koh also told The Korea Times Samsung won’t be rushing the release of Project Valley, the firm’s heavily rumored foldable phone, citing similar reasons.
"We need more time to provide meaningful innovations and convenience considering the current status of technology" he explained. "We need serious changes in software and user experience to build foldable smartphones and this will certainly take time."
Koh also noted how he expects the release of bendable devices is going to have a "ripple effect in the industry".
It seems Samsung won’t be ready to release its foldable phone before the end of 2016, but it can only be good news if the company is holding off to ensure the technology is actually useful for those who buy it.