Analysts don’t see curved-screen Galaxy S8 driving demand

The rumor mill tells us not to look for too many axes when it comes to the Galaxy S8. Both 5.7-inch and 6.2-inch versions of Samsung’s spring 2017 flagship should feature dual-curved screens with lots of screen and little bezel.

But Korean financial analysts are expressing doubts on whether or not the lack of a flat screen or finger maneuverability will really get consumers excited.

“There appears to be no high demand for dual-edge screens because some still find them inconvenient because they mistakenly touch the sides of the smartphones,” said Korea Institute for Industrial Economics & Trade analyst Choo Dae-young. “The utility of a bezel-less display does not seem that much higher for small, portable smartphones compared to televisions.”

Foldable smartphones may come from Samsung to better improve usage efficiency.

Alas, it might not be about cross between dexterity and utility, but about eye-catching design — and you can bet that money is being spent to refine it. The Galaxy S8 is also being considered the comeback phone for Samsung as it offers deep discounts for former Note 7 owners relieved of their phones by a recall.

We’d love for you to chime in on whether you’d prefer a phone with intense focus on the screen or something a little more palmable. Our Twitter poll on the subject is on through December 13 at 5am Eastern.

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Jules Wang
Jules Wang is News Editor for Pocketnow and one of the hosts of the Pocketnow Weekly Podcast. He came onto the team in 2014 as an intern editing and producing videos and the podcast while he was studying journalism at Emerson College. He graduated the year after and entered into his current position at Pocketnow, full-time.