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Samsung Galaxy S8 display rumored to carry 4K resolution and support for VR

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Samsung Galaxy S8 display rumored to carry 4K resolution and support for VR
The Samsung Galaxy S8 is still more than four months away from getting unveiled, but that hasn't prevented analysts from trying to figure out what the manufacturer is up to. One thought is that Samsung will turn to a UHD resolution display for the Galaxy S8. That works out to 2160 x 3840. The current resolution found on QHD screens used on high end models like the Samsung Galaxy S7 is 1440 x 2560.

Samsung has a good reason to bump up the resolution on the Galaxy S8's screen. The company wants the display to support VR right out of the box. But there is a high price to pay in terms of battery drain. Consider that those who installed the Oculus VR app on their Galaxy S7 are learning the meaning of the phrase "power hog." One owner of the handset said that after loading the app on his phone, the battery lost 70% of its charge in just three hours.

As you probably recall, Sony already had a UHD resolution on the Sony Xperia Z5 Premium. However, the 2160 x 3840 resolution was available on photos and video shot with the phone's own camera. Everything else was viewed in 1080 x 1920 FHD.

The Samsung Galaxy S8 is now rumored to come to market sans a 3.5mm earphone jack. The USB-Type C port can handle audio just as the Lightning port can on iOS devices. We should also see Gorilla Glass 5 protection on the next flagship model, which could be unveiled at MWC 2017. The trade show will run from February 27th to March 2nd 2017, in Barcelona.

source: SlashGear

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posted on 30 Sep 2016, 16:47 13

1. xondk (Posts: 1795; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


Eh if they remove minijack I predict that it will sell sub par like galaxy S6, then next iteration will return it and sell better.

posted on 30 Sep 2016, 16:49 10

2. Bankz (Posts: 1010; Member since: 08 Apr 2016)


Battery life BE GONE!!!

posted on 30 Sep 2016, 17:37 23

15. MrElectrifyer (Posts: 3592; Member since: 21 Oct 2014)


Even with its higher res display, the S7 Edge still easily outlasts the humongous iPhone with midrange quality display ( https://youtu.be/1YFXN4SQtKY ), who knows what innovative tech Samsung has put in these higher quality displays...

posted on 30 Sep 2016, 17:57 11

21. Bankz (Posts: 1010; Member since: 08 Apr 2016)


Flawed logic. The ip7+ has 2900 mah battery and the s7edge has what, a 3,600 mah battery, so is it really rocket science who wins? Or does the s7 edge lasting longer make the ip7+ have a bad battery life? Pls grow up.

Btw, I like how you fail to mention how the note series have failed miserably vs the plus models of the iphones despite having larger mah batteries than them (iphones)

posted on 30 Sep 2016, 18:06

23. Bankz (Posts: 1010; Member since: 08 Apr 2016)


Btw, I really doubt the s7 edge outlasts the ip7 tbh.. Plus I could also bring up youtube vids that shows the 6s+ outlasting the s7 edge too. So..

posted on 30 Sep 2016, 18:09 18

24. Macready (Posts: 1320; Member since: 08 Dec 2014)


The Note series don't fail in this department. In many battery tests, the Exynos variants (GSMArena, Tweakers, etc) have outlasted the respective iPhone Plus models of those years, despite having a slightly larger display, having to calculate 34% more pixels and running a less efficient screen technology for browsing (AMOLED).

posted on 30 Sep 2016, 18:10 7

26. Macready (Posts: 1320; Member since: 08 Dec 2014)


It does, even if you play around with those sliders to get to your type of use.
http://www.gsmarena.com/battery-test.php3

posted on 30 Sep 2016, 18:23 4

31. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 3165; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


So, throw in a 4K display and a GPU that can drive that thing while at the same time produce playable gaming frame rates and the battery life from this generation of galaxy phones will in fact begone lol.

We all know the S8's 4K display will in fact be like the QHD display found on the Note 7, you will be able to change the resolution and it will have the added feature of not allowing 4K when gaming. It will probably have some adaptive feature to switch resolution automatically depending on the remaining battery life and what you are doing so rest easy battery life crisis aborted lol.

posted on 30 Sep 2016, 18:35 15

34. MrElectrifyer (Posts: 3592; Member since: 21 Oct 2014)


The iP7+ has low quality display to compensate for that lower capacity battery, yet it still falls behind. Point is, your thought of higher quality = worse battery life is merely shortsighted...

As for the Note 7, not sure what you're talking about, but reviewers disagree with you, it's just slightly behind the S7 Edge ( https://goo.gl/mNTt6t | https://goo.gl/xuUjcp ), and still remains ahead of the 6s+ ( https://goo.gl/WI8x6m ), not sure of the 7+ yet...

posted on 30 Sep 2016, 18:47 1

35. MrElectrifyer (Posts: 3592; Member since: 21 Oct 2014)


Not necessarily with a more power efficient display and GPU, which we keep gettong as technology keeps progressing. But even if that's the case, as you said, it'll be optional for those who don't care about VR on a Smartphone...

posted on 30 Sep 2016, 19:00 2

40. Nopers (Posts: 334; Member since: 01 Jun 2015)


The iPhone plus models render at 2208x1242 and on top of that LCD displays are worse on battery life.

posted on 30 Sep 2016, 19:04 1

41. bigsimpd (Posts: 116; Member since: 13 Jan 2012)


Exactly bro lol but hey they will have the best specs you have ever heard of with just a lil lag.

posted on 30 Sep 2016, 19:13 4

43. MrElectrifyer (Posts: 3592; Member since: 21 Oct 2014)


The GPU is still only displaying it at 1080p in the end, and that's what we're talking about here.

As for LCD, that's the point I'm making; higher quality doesn't necessarily equal worse battery life as bankz was shortsightedly implying. When you take into account display and GPU/CPU power efficiency, you could possibly get better battery life from a higher quality display like the S7 Edge does compared to the iPhone.

posted on 30 Sep 2016, 20:28 1

45. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 12343; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


The Note is a niche device. It doesn't fail compared to the iPhone, because it was designed to battle the iPhone.

The S is the phone Samsung made to go head to head with an iPhone.

So before you question logic, check yours too.

posted on 30 Sep 2016, 20:32 1

46. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 12343; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


Wake up. Samsung has introduced the ability to change the resolution. You don't have to keep it at 4k all the time.

You could drop it to 1440 or 1080. Also by default it likely would be set to 1440, and you can switch, like after you record a 4k video.

posted on 30 Sep 2016, 20:34 2

47. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 3165; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


I literally said everything you just did and more in my post #31, did you even f**king read it lol the first part was a joke.

posted on 30 Sep 2016, 20:38 1

48. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 3165; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


Well if you have been paying attention you would notice the speed of progress is slowing down, not by a whole lot but enough to notice. So maybe what you said you sentence #1 is correct or maybe not, either way they will do what I said, in some form or fashion.

Lol look at Techie bellow us who only read paragraph one of my post #31.

posted on 30 Sep 2016, 20:41

49. Hoggington (Posts: 344; Member since: 23 Feb 2016)


Totes worth it.

posted on 30 Sep 2016, 21:00

53. KParks23 (Posts: 668; Member since: 13 Oct 2010)


Everytime I think next year will be the year of battery life they pull something like this lol -_-

posted on 30 Sep 2016, 21:14 1

56. MrElectrifyer (Posts: 3592; Member since: 21 Oct 2014)


"So maybe what you said you sentence #1 is correct or maybe not"

Same applies to the thought of "Battery life BE GONE", it's all speculation for now until the real device lands.

"either way they will do what I said, in some form or fashion."

Agreed, they surely will give options, just like they currently have it...

posted on 30 Sep 2016, 22:49 6

59. omnitech (Posts: 259; Member since: 28 Sep 2016)


Nothing flawed about that logic. If the Note 7 had a 1080p screen and ran something as sissy as IOS 10, it would last like 5 days on a single charge. Good thing Samsung didn't b i t c h out or cheap out and gave us QHD and something more varied like Android.

posted on 30 Sep 2016, 22:54 2

60. omnitech (Posts: 259; Member since: 28 Sep 2016)


Well if anyone has the skills and budget to run a 4k display without poor battery life it's Samsung.

Although the Note fiasco might have cost them so much $$$$$ that they might have to hold off on the 4k display until the GS9.

posted on 01 Oct 2016, 00:53

62. Switch00 (Posts: 519; Member since: 04 Sep 2013)


Remember guys, what apple does, samsung follows. No 3.5mm jack, no physical home button, antenna stripes, colour options, aluminum housing, device itself, no dedicated camera button, fingerscanner, ... I wonder why they added exploding battery, iphone dont have it???

posted on 01 Oct 2016, 00:58 1

63. Ruturaj (Posts: 1472; Member since: 16 Oct 2014)


I will make it easy for you s7 edge is smaller than iphone 7 in ALL dimensions, costs cheaper. If you are not sacrificing anything for bigger battery why are you crying?

posted on 01 Oct 2016, 07:05

71. tedkord (Posts: 13039; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Not really flawed. The iPhone has larger dimensions and could have fit a larger battery in. They chose not to, preferring thinness to battery life.

posted on 01 Oct 2016, 07:13 2

72. tedkord (Posts: 13039; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


http://goo.gl/ZvvADG

posted on 01 Oct 2016, 08:44 1

74. Trex95 (Posts: 1008; Member since: 03 Mar 2013)


iPhone 7 plus has the best display on any phone even better than S7 edge or note 7 check display mate.

posted on 01 Oct 2016, 09:07 3

75. bigdawg23 (Posts: 462; Member since: 25 May 2011)


I have a IPhone 6 Plus and Galaxy Note 4 both on Verizon with mostly the same apps(work and personal phone). I can clear a day no issue with my iPhone 6 Plus and make 9-10 hours on my Note 4. Now the quick charge help a lot.

In all my past iPhones it always was match with a Mophie Juice Pack. Never bought one for my 6 Plus.

posted on 01 Oct 2016, 12:50

78. MrElectrifyer (Posts: 3592; Member since: 21 Oct 2014)


No they don't. They have best LCD display on a Smartphone, not best display overall, consider fully reading your reference next time:

"LCDs are a great cutting edge high performance display technology for Tablets to TVs, but for small handheld Smartphones, OLED displays provide a number of significant advantages over LCDs including: being much thinner, much lighter, with a much smaller bezel providing a near rimless design, they can be made flexible and into curved screens, plus they have a very fast response time, better viewing angles, and an always-on display mode. Many of OLED's performance advantages result from the fact that LCDs are dependent on transmitting the varying characteristics of their White LED backlight – but for OLEDs the sub-pixels are directly electrically powered to emit light, which can provide better color accuracy, image contrast accuracy, and screen uniformity."

posted on 03 Oct 2016, 14:48

80. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 12343; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


I don't know why people keep bring up what the iPhone renders images at. It doesn't matter. No matter what image you put on that screen, it still isn't going to show anything beyond the actual hardware resolution.

Mentioning iPhone render resolution is just a waste of breathe.

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