Samsung Galaxy S8 Edge: what we want to see

Posted on 29 November, 2016

The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge is for our money the best phone you can buy right now, coupling the sheer power of the Samsung Galaxy S7 with a bigger battery, a more eye-catching design and genuinely useful edge screen features.

But there’s no such thing as a perfect phone, so there are still improvements which we’d like to see and will hopefully get with the Samsung Galaxy S8 Edge.

With that in mind we’ve created a wish list for Samsung’s next curvy flagship, along with rumors and predictions of what it might include and when we might see it.

The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge was unveiled at MWC 2016 and there’s a good chance that the Samsung Galaxy S8 Edge will be announced at next year’s event.

In fact, it’s now been rumored that Samsung’s next flagships will be announced on February 26 - the day before MWC 2017 starts.

That said, we’ve also heard that development of the S8 series has been delayed by two weeks while Samsung investigates the causes of the Note 7’s overheating issues, though it’s not clear how much of an effect this delay would have on the announcement and release of the phone.

Since then there’s also been talk that the phone has been delayed until April, so a delay is looking ever more likely.

TechRadar’s take: The Galaxy S7 Edge was announced the day before MWC, so it’s a date that makes a lot of sense. Though don’t expect to be able to buy it for at least a couple of weeks after that.

Samsung Galaxy S8 Edge news and rumors

You can look to the Samsung Galaxy S8 for an idea of what we’re likely to see with the S8 Edge, since other than the obligatory curves and possibly some differences in screen and battery sizes the two phones are likely to be
more or less identical.

A number of rumors are already emerging for that phone and beyond that we can take some guesses at what we might see in the S8 Edge, all of which you’ll find below, split into sections.


Hottest leaks:
Samsung has shown off a 5.5-inch 4K display and if it wasn’t for the lack of curves this would seem an obvious fit for the Galaxy S8 Edge. 5.5 inches is how big the S7 Edge is and a 4K resolution is the next logical step after the QHD screens we’re seeing now.

Samsung Galaxy S8 Edge screen

  • A 5.5-inch curved screen
  • A 4K resolution
  • A built-in fingerprint scanner

Samsung has shown off a 5.5-inch 4K display and if it wasn’t for the lack of curves this would seem an obvious fit for the Galaxy S8 Edge. 5.5 inches is how big the S7 Edge is and a 4K resolution is the next logical step after the
QHD screens we’re seeing now.

The display has a pixel density of 806 pixels per inch, so

it’s incredibly sharp and while it hasn’t specifically been linked to
either the S8 or the S8 Edge, Chinese sources speaking to WCCF Tech reckon a 4K display of some kind will hit Samsung’s next flagship.

That might sound like overkill, but it could be just what the next generation of smartphones need to really make the most of VR.

More recently we’ve heard rumors of a 5.5-inch curved panel, possibly with a 4K display, so that jump in resolution could well be happening.

Another possible change is having the fingerprint scanner built into the screen, as has been rumored on Weibo.
This would allow Samsung to remove the home button, potentially shrinking the overall handset size or growing the screen without increasing the dimensions.

This rumor has gained ground, with a Samsung employee claiming that the company will launch a phone with a 90% screen-to-body ratio in 2017 - a feat which would basically require the removal of the home button.

It’s also possible that the screen could grow, with one rumor suggesting Samsung will launch 5.7 and 6.2-inch versions of the S8 - at least one of which would probably be attached to the S8 Edge, though we’re sceptical of this, as it would impinge on the Note range.

TechRadar’s take:
We’re sure to get a curved screen of at least 5.5 inches, and a jump to 4K resolution, while far from guaranteed, would help with VR. Don’t count on seeing the fingerprint scanner built in, but it’s possible.