Interesting rumours have emerged that next year’s flagship Samsung smartphones could feature large, bezel-less displays. The latest speculation has come out of Samsung’s homeland South Korea, with the company said to be looking at releasing 5.7- and 6.2-inch variants of the Samsung Galaxy S8.
Although there is no information yet to support the story, there would be a degree of logic in Samsung deciding to pursue this type of strategy.
Samsung would not be the first to produce a bezel-less smartphone.
In 2014 there was the Sharp Aquos Crystal, and the Japanese company released a successor last year. Then, more recently, we have seen the Xiaomi Mi Mix, with its 6.4-inch bezel-less display.
So, if the Samsung Galaxy S8 were to feature a bezel-less screen, it would not require a revolutionary technological breakthrough.
At the same time, bezel-less smartphones are largely unheard of amongst mainstream consumers in Europe and North America, so it is certainly a concept that would generate plenty of headlines.
And executives at Samsung may feel under pressure to produce something that captures consumers’ imagination, after the difficulties the company experienced with the Samsung Galaxy Note7.
It is also worth remembering that this year’s Samsung Galaxy S7 was very much an evolution of its predecessor, and like other technology companies, Samsung tends to introduce big changes to its flagship smartphones biannually.
Bezel-less screens offer the obvious advantage of allowing for an increase in display size without making the overall footprint of a device any larger.
It is easy to see why this route seems very sound (on some levels, at least). Samsung Galaxy Note7 customers could be attracted by the large screen size, but at the same time, those who prefer smaller handsets would not be disenfranchised.
At the current time, though, Android Wafer considers these reports to be highly speculative.
Such a move would be a big change for Samsung, given its last three (non-Note) flagship smartphones have all offered a 5.1-inch screen on the base model.
In addition, there is a big difference between a company like Sharp of Xiaomi releasing devices with limited regional availability, and Samsung launching mass market handsets across the globe.
Samsung could potentially face big challenges when it comes to producing sufficient yields, in order to meet demand.
This is an issue that affected the company last year when it introduced the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, but was then unable to produce enough units to keep up with demand. It was a scenario that ultimately had a negative impact on Samsung’s bottom line, something the company can ill afford after its difficulties with the Note series this year.