Samsung's Galaxy S8 could be mostly screen

A recent Korean report suggests that the front of the next Samsung Galaxy phone will be almost entirely dedicated to the display.

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The upcoming Samsung Galaxy S8 could have a whole lot of display, at least according to a report published Monday.

The report in The Investor based in South Korea comes after the iMiD 2016 Display Exhibition that took place in Seoul last week. According to the report, Park Won-sang, an engineer for Samsung's display manufacturing unit, said that the front of next year's phone will be over 90 percent screen. The average display area ratio (which is the percentage of the front of the phone taken up by the screen) of current smartphones is around 80 percent, according to The Investor. If this rumor is true, it would mean that the S8 could feature even more screen than earlier versions of the device. It is unknown how Samsung's famous curved displays would count for this percentage.

But Samsung isn't planning on stopping at 90 percent. According to the same engineer, Samsung could aim for a device that is up to 99 percent screen. This reflects an ongoing trend to make smartphones mostly screen. Recently we got to see the Xiaomi Mi Mix, a phone that is almost entirely screen. Regardless of whether this Galaxy S8 rumor is true, it wouldn't be surprising to see more phones come out next year with higher display area ratios.

The Investor report also adds a few other speculations about what to expect from the upcoming Galaxy S phone. This includes an OLED display, and a bezel-less body. Although the Galaxy S8 has not yet been officially announced, these new rumors fall in line with previous rumors that suggest a full-screen display. Additionally, the existence of a full-screen display on the S8 corresponds with the idea that it would get rid of the home button and feature a fingerprint sensor under the display.

However, until Samsung unveils its next Galaxy S phone, these rumors should be taken with a grain of salt. Samsung did not immediately respond to CNET's request for comment.