Samsung Galaxy S8 Screen-to-Body Ratio Could Surpass 90 Percent With Near Bezel-Less Design

Is there anything sexier on a smartphone than an edge-to-edge display? Anyone who thinks otherwise should check out Xiaomi's Mi MIX or the spattering of other phones with nary a bezel to be found. There aren't a ton of phones that can boast an edge-to-edge display, though word on the web is that the field will expand by at least one more next year, and specifically with Samsung's Galaxy S8.

This runs contrary to a previous rumor that the Galaxy S8 might only come with a curved edge display. That would be surprising since Samsung needs to sell as many Galaxy S8 phones as possible after the Galaxy Note 7 debacle. Only offering a curved edge model would be counterproductive to that goal, though offering an edge-to-edge display could be the spark Samsung needs.

Samsung Display

"Samsung Display would roll out a full-screen display whose display area ratio reaches more than 90 percent next year," said Park Won-sang, a principal engineer at Samsung Display, during the iMiD 2016 display exhibition in Seoul last week.

The engineer added that Samsung may even extend the display area ratio to 99 percent in the years ahead, which would mean virtually the entire front of the phone would be the screen. In case you're wondering, most of today's smartphones utilize a display area ratio of around 80 percent.

Xiaomi Mi MIX

As a point of reference, Xiaomi's aforementioned Mi MIX uses a 91.3 percent screen-to-body ratio. There's barely any bezel on the sides and top, while the bottom bezel isn't all that chunky.

We have to admit, edge-to-edge displays look pretty sweet. They're also functional. One thing Park Won-sang noted is that edgeless displays are better suited for VR as they allow a more immersive experience in devices like the Gear VR.