The Galaxy S7 Edge is one of the hottest smartphones on the market. Samsung stepped up its game from the Galaxy S6 Edge and reintroduced memory expansion and included water resistance with the S7 Edge. Its successor, the Galaxy S8 Edge, will no doubt make some improvements on the line. Here's everything we want to see with the Galaxy S8 Edge.
Samsung Galaxy S8: what we want to see
More 'Edge panels'
With the curved display, the Galaxy Edge line is able to have additional 'Edge panels' added to the edge of the screen. Some panels for the Galaxy S7 Edge are Trends from Twitter, the CNN Panel and RSS Panel for Edge. Read more about these in our list of the best panels for the Galaxy S7 Edge.
The Galaxy S7 Edge does not take advantage of the capabilities the curved screen provides. There are only a few panels and most don't hold their water. When the Galaxy S8 Edge comes out we'd like to see a bigger selection with more versatility.
There are a couple of ways Samsung could go about making this happen. They could partner with another company and make some of the panels pre-loaded into the device. That way Samsung could oversee a unique feature that would be included into its device. We would also like to see a notification 'Edge panel' with news integrated.
A change in design
While the Galaxy S6 Edge was a revolutionary device, the Galaxy S7 Edge made some design improvements over its predecessor. The Galaxy S7 Edge is a bit bigger than the S6 Edge, which made it better to watch videos but worse to carry in your pocket. It also brought back the microSD card slot and gave customers the choice for expandable memory.
We would like to see the Galaxy S8 Edge make better use of the top and bottom of the front of the device and add more display there. We would also like to see the device shrunk down back to the S6 Edge size. That way, the device will maintain its display quality without being too bulky. It could mitigate accidental manipulations of the screen with the same technology the S7 Edge uses for its sides.
We like the back of the Galaxy S7 Edge. The Gorilla Glass 4 is strong and prevents against cracks. But it's not quite as strong as it could be.. We would like to see a full metal body or a ceramic back in the Galaxy S8 Edge.
Samsung did not integrate USB Type-C into the S7 Edge and we were disappointed. To streamline any port connectivity Samsung provided a micro USB adapter so you can connect it to any micro USB port. But this is an extra step that could be avoided with USB Type-C.
We would like to see Samsung adopt USB Type-C into the S8 Edge. It seems well over due as we were already unhappy about the S7 Edge not having it. That way the device will be more well-rounded and cohesive.
Return of the removable battery
The removable battery is a point of contention since the Galaxy S6 Edge. And when Samsung didn't include it into the S7 Edge more controversy ensued. The company tried to make up for it with a big battery, 3,600 mAh. But that did not satisfy everyone.
The battery is one of the limitations on the longevity of any smartphone. There are only a certain number of charges and once the limit is hit the device is done for. That is, unless you have a device with a removable battery. Then you can replace it with a new one and it's like having a newer device.
We would like to see the return of the removable battery in the Galaxy S8 Edge. Samsung listened to customers in the debate over the microSD card slot for the S7 Edge and it should do it again in 2017. We know there is a lot of controversy surrounding the removable battery and not everyone agrees so check out our page on the pros and cons of removable batteries.
What else would you like to see in the Galaxy S8 Edge? Let us know in the comments.