Galaxy S8 aka Project Dream may already be in the works with a VR-ready 4K display

Samsung's new 5.5

Samsung's new 5.5" 4K display destined for VR applications and maybe for the Galaxy S8


Remember the next stage in Google's virtual reality efforts for Android, called Daydream? Google announced the project at its latest I/O conference back in May, and said that compatible phones and controllers that meet the Daydream standards will be available as soon as this fall. To be compatible with Daydream, a device needs not only the necessary VR software, but there is also a hardware component to it, like a suite of sensors that must be present.

Funny enough, the tech blogosphere over in China is awash with a rumor that Samsung has just started the development of its next Galaxy S8 flagship to be unveiled around MWC 2017 time next February. The name of the Galaxy S8 undertaking? Project Dream. That's right, the speculation is that the S8 will sport a 4K display, and the Dream name may hint at Google's Daydream VR certification standard, explaining the high-res display tip.

That's not some far-fetched speculation, too - it's the second time we are hearing that the S8 will sport a 4K display panel, and Samsung even demonstrated a 5.5" UHD one at the Society of Information Displays (SID) expo not long ago, which you can see above. There, it also showed a so-called Bio Blue screen tech that doesn't emit as much blue light as Samsung's current panels, meaning colors that are less cold - a perennial accusation for all of Samsung's AMOLED screens. 

It's not clear of Samsung will use precisely Bio Blue, and exactly that demo 5.5" panel in the S8, but at least it showed the world that it's working hard on VR-ready 4K resolution panels, so this latest Galaxy S8 rumor might have some legs to it. Samsung is no stranger to VR as the next frontier, too - it has its Gear VR kit available, and is planning plenty of VR publicity stunts at various events, like bringing its Gear 360 VR camera at this year's Lollapalooza festival, and the Rio Olympics. All that VR itch and content has to be scratched somehow, and next year might be the big VR commercial push of Samsung with the S8 - a 4K display and a 10nm chipset should suffice for the casual virtual reality aficionado anyway.


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15 Comments

1. Bankz

Posts: 2491; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Relax, the project lucky isn't even six months old yet.

2. kenaldinho4444

Posts: 66; Member since: Jun 05, 2015

Imagine a first-person shooter on this baby..

3. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

brainlag and vomit everywhere?

4. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

fine, as long as its processor and battery can keep up for normal daily usage.. still prefer dedicated VR headset with internal display and sensors (kinda like mobile powered oculus rift)

5. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

That's basically what the gear vr holder does, has all the extra things you need to track properly gearvr currently works quite well and accurately, resolution is an issue, but yeah, pushing 4k is an entirely different thing, we will see I guess, but even modern computers have issues with this still even with latest graphic cards, still need sli and such for stable 4k, and 4k with 90hz? ow. But of course each year we get closer and price falls.

11. Macready

Posts: 1811; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

4K in VR mode, 1440P/1080P choice in regular use mode, that would be ideal and likely have little or no influence on battery usage for daily use (if 4K AMOLED screens indeed have the same fill factor, as per recent claims).

15. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

1080p on 4k screen can be perfectly scaled since all it need is show 4 pixels on 4k as one pixel on 1080p, but thats only for LCD.. superAMOLED have diamond subpixels arrangement it cant look as smooth as 1080p on 4k screen like LCD but lets just wait how it turn out, maybe they have solution *wink*

6. Macready

Posts: 1811; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

"There, it also showed a so-called Bio Blue screen tech that doesn't emit as much blue light as Samsung's current panels, meaning colors that are less cold - a perennial accusation for all of Samsung's AMOLED screens. " Utter nonsense. The Samsung screens are arguably the least bluish in the industry when set to basic and even in the default mode, they are much less blue than say the G5 and Z5 models. Bio Blue is about where the peaks in the blue spectrum are and current AMOLED already does better than LCD here: http://www.oled-info.com/files/SDC-bio-blue-poster-img_assist-364x439.JPG

7. BradyCrack

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 29, 2015

So? Why not make it better?

9. UglyFrank

Posts: 2190; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

He's not saying that, he's saying PA are giving incorrect information

8. BradyCrack

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 29, 2015

Go for it!

10. wando77

Posts: 1166; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

Phonearena should correct the article

14. kevin91202

Posts: 640; Member since: Jun 08, 2014

That's like asking PA to write an article without grammatical and spelling errors--it's not going to happen.

12. torr310

Posts: 1625; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

I wish it has the user-switchable screen resolution. That way I will be content running at 1080p for the most of time and getting the excellent battery life!

13. joevsyou

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

google should drop focus on the nexus and focus all on samsung flagship as much as their own.

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