Samsung Galaxy S8 Edge: what we want to see





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 predictions of when we might see it.

Cut to the chase

  • What is it? Samsung's next curvy flagship
  • When is it out? Probably not until early 2017
  • What will it cost? More than almost any other phone

Samsung Galaxy S8 Edge release date

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.
MWC 2017 is set to take place between February 27 and March 2, so we've likely got a long time to wait.

What we want to see

1. A lower price

As amazing as the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge is it's also amazingly expensive, retailing for around £640 (US$750, AU$1,249). That makes it one of the most expensive phones on the planet, outside the extravagance of the Vertu range.
It's understandable that it costs so much. After all it's big, powerful, feature packed and has a premium design. But given that you could get a reasonably powerful PC or a high-end TV for the same money it can seem a bit much. It's always going to be a premium range, but hopefully for the Galaxy S8 Edge Samsung can rein in the price just a little.

2. A better fingerprint scanner

S7 Edge
Samsung has vastly improved its fingerprint scanners since the Galaxy S5, but they're still not perfect. With the Galaxy S7 Edge it's not uncommon for the scanner to fail on your first attempt and it's also limited in what it can do.
Yes, you can use it to secure your phone, but it would be nice if the Samsung Galaxy S8 let you lock individual apps too.

3. Game Launcher improvements

Samsung introduced its Game Launcher with the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge. It's a handy tool which groups all your games together in a special folder and gives you extra options like allowing you to mute notifications while playing, lock the recent and back buttons and record footage.
But it needs a bit of polishing. For one thing the Game Tools icon which gives you access to these options is permanently displayed on the screen. So while you can use it to prevent accidental presses of the back button, you could end up accidentally pressing the Game Tools button just as often.
It's also missing some features. For example, while you can record footage you can't live stream it, which is a big thing in the world of eSports. So it's good, but it could be better.

4. More storage space

S7 Edge
The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge has a respectable 32GB of built in storage. But while that's a reasonable amount it can easily be filled up if you stick your music collection or a handful of big games on the phone.
There's always a microSD card slot for more breathing room, but that requires both buying a card and relying on the typically slower speeds offered by them. So hopefully the Samsung Galaxy S8 Edge will have beefier built in storage, at least for those who want it.

5. Better battery life

The Galaxy S7 Edge actually has pretty good battery life and it's a definite upgrade on theSamsung Galaxy S6 Edge, but it's still far from the best around. If you're buying a phone like this you're likely to use it heavily, so the longer it can last the better.
With that in mind we hope the Samsung Galaxy S8 Edge will offer a true two days of life at an absolute minimum. If it can stretch even further than that then all the better.

6. An improved always-on display

S7 Edge
Speaking of battery life, one of the big features of the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge is its always-on display. Yet while it can potentially save battery by not firing up the CPU every time you want to check the time, it uses around 0.8% of the phone's juice per hour in itself.
So we'd like to see it get more efficient for the Samsung Galaxy S8 Edge. While we're on we'd also like it to be a bit more useful, as currently it doesn't support notifications for all apps.

7. Powerful speakers

Galaxy S7 Edge
The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge has hi-res audio support, along with the ability to upscale lower res tracks and even tune the sounds based on your own hearing. But the one piece of the audio puzzle its missing are great built-in speakers.
Which isn't to say they're bad, as it can pump out a reasonable amount of sound. But the single speaker grille on the bottom of the phone can't match the likes of the HTC One M9 for quality and the positioning means it's also too easily obscured when holding the phone.
So hopefully the Samsung Galaxy S8 Edge will have more speakers with more power and a better, ideally front-firing position.

8. A refined design

Galaxy S7 Edge
The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge is one of the best looking phones we've ever had the pleasure of using, but it's not perfect.
For one thing the glass on the back is a fingerprint magnet, which can quickly make your shiny phone look dirty. We'd also like it if the glass felt more premium and less like plastic and if the camera didn't protrude, though only if it can still be protected.
Samsung is sure to further refine the design for the Galaxy S8 Edge, so hopefully we'll see some of these changes.

9. Full waterproofing

Galaxy S7 Edge
One of the best features of the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge is its water resistance. It gives you peace of mind that you can use it in the rain or the bath and that if a drink gets spilled on it the phone will still work afterwards.
That's all great, but with the Samsung Galaxy S8 Edge we'd like it to go a step further and offer true waterproofing. The S7 Edge already has a brilliant camera and being able to take it scuba diving to snap photos under the sea would be great. It's a feature that might not get used much, but one which would further set it apart from the crowd.

10. A better front-facing camera

Speaking of the camera, while the rear snapper on the Galaxy S7 Edge is enormously impressive, the front-facing one is rather more average. It's just 5MP and doesn't have an LED flash (though the screen can be lit up as one).
Samsung definitely chose the right camera to focus on, but it would be nice to see the front-facing one catch up, especially as even mid-rangers offer similar specs.

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