Samsung has hinted that its future Galaxy S-series handset line might drop the option of a 'flat' screen, in favor of a singular focus on its dual-curved 'edge' displays.
Last year's Galaxy S6 was the first to offer a variant featuring a display that curves into both the left and right edges of the handset. Samsung stuck to the same formula when it launched its Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge in February.
But the Galaxy S8, and future S-series devices beyond that, might not be available with the classic flat display option. As The Korea Times reports, Samsung mobile chief Koh Dong-jin said recently:
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].
A further hint at the possibility of an edge-only future for the Galaxy S range came last week, when Samsung unveiled its Galaxy Note7. The new stylus-toting handset is only available with a dual-curved screen, but doesn't carry the 'edge' branding of the company's other devices with the same type of display - perhaps an indication that this is the new standard for its flagships.
Additionally, Samsung said earlier this year that demand for the S7 edge was higher than for the flat-screen model. So will all this mean that the Galaxy S8 goes all-in on the curves? It's looking increasingly likely - but we'll have to wait and see.
Meanwhile, Samsung is also rumored to be working on two new handsets with foldable displays, which could make their first public appearance at Mobile World Congress 2017.