Mar 14, 2017 03:30 AM EDT
Apple iPhone 8 isn't going to follow Samsung's lead for a curved display. Reports indicate that several advanced features like facial scanning and fast charging are still present. However, the Cupertino tech giant decided to scrap the curved OLED and will go with traditional flat 2.5D glass design.
The new iPhone 8 will launch with streamlined features, including a slimmer bezel and front panel without the iconic Home button. According to MacRumors, Apple is going to be very similar to upcoming Samsung Galaxy S8 in terms of 16:9 aspect ratio, longer OLED display, among others but not with a curved display. It is also possible that Apple is going to deploy an unbreakable screen design similar to LG G6.
So what made iPhone 8 scrap the curved screen design? Raymond Soneira of DisplayMate believes that cost is the primary reason. The glass substrate being used in flat displays are considerably cheaper compared to plastic substrate of curved displays. Glass also ensures higher volume in terms of production because they are easier to manufacture.
Soneira stressed that glass substrate has become the standard to achieve better OLED display compared to traditional LCD since 2010. Further, OLED are known for its power efficiency. Also, OLED is much better than LCD when it comes to weight, color accuracy, and responsiveness - Apple iPhone 8 is not yet ready to ditch these qualities.
Another claim for flat display came from KGI Securities' notorious leaker Ming-Chi Kuo. He said that if there is any curved area within the front display panel, it could be just the edges of iPhone 8. Other models like iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus also sport the same feature. Comparably, Samsung Galaxy Series has dual curved edges.
So where did the idea of curved iPhone 8 came in the first place? Observers believe that it was based on assumption when people saw fan-made renditions over the internet. Apple fans may have immediately thought of curved screen because OLED is known for its flexible properties.
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