Some owners of the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8 Plus recently took online to complain about their new Samsung-made devices exhibiting issues related to image bleeding, a phenomenon that replicates certain elements on a display panel due to the screen not being illuminated correctly. The issues involving Samsung’s latest Android flagship duo have been confirmed as manifesting in the form of duplicate black lines on many screens that are predominantly white, according to a number of Reddit users. While screen bleeding has the potential to significantly deteriorate the overall user experience of a device, smartphone makers don’t consider the phenomenon itself a manufacturing defect. The issue is a common anomaly of organic light-emitting diode (OLED) panels and is frequently exhibited by panels created with low-temperature polycrystalline silicon. The Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 Edge, and many other OLED-equipped smartphones released by Samsung in the past have suffered from the same issue to a limited degree, with industry experts claiming that the problem will only be resolved once Samsung starts manufacturing OLED panels with indium gallium zinc oxide instead of low-temperature polycrystalline silicon.
It’s currently unclear how many units of the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8 Plus are affected by screen bleeding, though the number likely isn’t high seeing how reports of the issue only started emerging almost two full weeks after Samsung’s new pair of high-end smartphones hit the market. Furthermore, many owners of the units that are exhibiting screen bleeding may not even notice the anomaly seeing how the phenomenon is manifested in a rather subtle manner, as evidenced by the screenshot below.
Regardless, complaints about screen bleeding mark the second screen-related issue with the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8 Plus. Some of Samsung’s new handsets are also experiencing problems with reddish displays that the South Korean consumer electronics manufacturer already started fixing with a software patch, though initial reports suggest that not all of those issues have been resolved with the update. Regardless, none of those anomalies are expected to significantly affect the commercial performance of the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8 Plus that are said to become one of the best-selling smartphones in 2017.