Rumor from the supply chain says the Samsung Galaxy S8 will feature 2K screen, no home button

Rumor from the supply chain says the Samsung Galaxy S8 will feature 2K screen, no home button
Following the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 fiasco, all eyes will be on the Samsung Galaxy S8 to see if the company was able to iron out the problems with explosions that plagued the Galaxy Note 7. Not wanting to take any chances, the latest rumor from the supply chain (via weibo) is that Samsung will outfit the Samsung Galaxy S8 with a 2K resolution screen when it is unveiled on February 26th.

This rumor contradicts earlier reports that called for Sammy to turn to a 2160 x 3840 UHD resolution screen to make VR look great on the phone. As we pointed out before, using a screen with such a high resolution would put a terrific strain on the battery, and could force Samsung to sharply hike the battery capacity on the handset. In light of the Galaxy Note 7 issue, which could have been battery related, it seems wise for the company to stick to a 1440 x 2560 resolution screen if just for one more year.

The supply chain also reports that no component vendors received orders for parts that would be used for a home button. This would seem to indicate that the phone could have an all-glass front with Qualcomm's ultrasonic fingerprint scanner embedded under the front glass. It sounds similar to the all-screen look on what is allegedly Meizu's new phone. Meizu's device allegedly carries a very high (close to 100%?) screen-to-body ratio. It also happens to be a look that Apple is reportedly going to employ for its tenth anniversary Apple iPhone in 2017.

As usual with a rumor like this, we suggest that you take it with a grain of salt.


source: weibo via AndroidPure

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33 Comments

1. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

hopefully they didnt follow that gimmicky "capacitive button with feedback that feels like physical button, they said..." maybe they remove it to gain more screen-to-body ratio... (hopefully they also remove samsung logo for that same reason)

2. shaineql

Posts: 522; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

No 4k no buy

3. shaineql

Posts: 522; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Is what people will spam

20. wando77

Posts: 1167; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

Snap. They already lost a gear s3 sale for removing the lte from the uk frontier. 4k screen is only reason for me to upgrade now for vr

22. nokia12

Posts: 610; Member since: Nov 19, 2013

Noooooo.... If samsung doesn't bring 4k screen , then no other phone manufacturer will... that means 4k screen price will remain high.. and that means No progress in VR in 2017... this is most disappointing

24. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2318; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Sony is still going to offer a 4K screen on their phone, but I don't think that you will find any type of VR gaming run on 4K resolution. Mobile GPUs, outside of probably the Tegra X1 by nVidia, are not equipped to handle 4K gaming or VR experience. They may be able to show 4K media, but that doesn't take up the same kind of resources as actual gaming or a VR experience.

34. nokia12

Posts: 610; Member since: Nov 19, 2013

Yeah i know but VR theatre/cinema for movies and netflix in mobiles is a very cool and useful experience .. it doesn't take up much resources and at the same time it is a very enjoyable only held by current gen low resolution screens .. Vr Gaming in mobiles is not practical right now.. Samsung not bringing 4k screen in phones is indirectly going to slow down progress of Vive and Rift as well..

4. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

I wont really call that tech a gimmick, have you tried the Retina Macbook's touchpad? Its vibration feedback is so good you'll think it's magic. I haven't tried iPhone 7's though, they say it is a bit different, but very close.

5. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

I would prefer a 1080p screen over 5.1" honestly, but QHD is a lot better than 4k. Cheaper phone, better battery life and fewer frame drops in the UI.

9. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Then why not go for 720p and even 480p, since you so much care about fewer fame drops. smh Besides, increasing screen resolution doesn't necessariy translate into worse battery life. From Galaxy Note 3 -> Galaxy Note 4 is an example of that.

12. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

Because 720p screens look like s**t. 1080p looks really fine, QHD doesn't look that much better than 1080p and QHD to 4k is basically no difference at less than 10 inches. Also driving 1080p is really easy on today's hardware. Not to mention that almost all the content on internet or otherwise is 1080p. Most of youtube videos and software is designed to be viewed on 1080p and hence it makes perfect sense for that resolution to be used. Note 3 to note 4 was a monstrous leap in processing power due to Exynos 5433. Not to mention that android SoCs meant something in note 4 days and they got faster with each generation. Now they are not getting that much faster each generation and getting updated every 6 months. 1080p: 2M pixels 1440p: 3.7M pixels 2160p: 8.3M pixels. As you can clearly see, 1080p to 1440p is not nearly as much of a leap is from QHD to 4k. That's why 4k will destroy battery. I am against this move and if Xperia Z ultra( or whatever the name was ) has taught us, no one cares about 4k screens.

26. Xperia14

Posts: 1206; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

I agree. I would rather have better performance than an increase in resolution that you can't see. But with Samsung's pentile matrix 1440p is OK I guess.

27. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

I'm pretty sure that if they reduce the resolution to 1080p, they would use RGB stripe.

28. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

I get your point. However, I've always thought the rumoured 4K screen is primarily meant for VR Though I'm wondering on how effecitient it's implemention would be on the Galaxy S8. Or it could be how Sony did it on the Xperia Z5 Premium, which will restrict it to VR alone, then the UI rendered at Full HD, since rendering the UI at Quad HD won't scale proprely on a native 4K panel.

31. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

First of all, I am really against the idea of compromising or paying more for my phone for a feature less than 1% smartphone users care about. I am excited about VR but Gear VR sucks donkey balls compared to Vive or Oculus rift. So if I am to buy a VR headset, I would rather buy a vive. No matter what the implementation is, it will increase the price of the phone by at least 100$ which is really unacceptable. Not to mention the battery drains or performance hit which may or may not happen. About the Z5 premium, it was a real failure. It basically had a 1080p screen and charged us for 4k screen. You will never get to use the 4k resolution on Z5 premium because you will enjoy a movie more on a 1080p monitor than 4k smartphone.

6. Ticklemyfancy

Posts: 214; Member since: Oct 09, 2016

*Off topic* I had a wild idea . Procure a note 7 somehow and keep it in a vacuum sealed container for one or two decades , sell it at an auction as it is a rare piece after 20-25 years earn thousands(or millions) of dollars !

7. Sim0n

Posts: 3; Member since: Sep 21, 2016

I want a galaxy flagship with a 4000 mAh battery, that's the feature that i want from Samsung. Work on that Samsung, not some bulls**t 4k screen, 4000mAh in 5.1 inch, just like the Remi's, that is what i want the most from a Samsung flagship!

33. Phonedingo

Posts: 399; Member since: Aug 16, 2014

The s7 active has all of those things.

8. lpratas

Posts: 398; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

These guys of PhoneArena continue to insist in the same talking about the explosions of Galaxy Note 7 when they write about future Samsung smartphones in this case when they talk about the Galaxy S8. It seems that they haven't nothing more to talk than the explosions problem. It's someway for bash Samsung and to cause desinterest and demotivation in the people for they not buy future Samsung smartphones. And is always the same guy, Alan F.

14. Bankz

Posts: 2516; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

And why does it bother you so much. He's just doing his job!

17. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

yeah right... bashing note7 is his job

21. lpratas

Posts: 398; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

You don't see that Alan F and others come always with the same talking of Galaxy Note fiasco in all news related with Samsung? They are obsessed with Samsung, bashing constantly them with the same talking. I don't know if is Apple that pay them or they feel need to bash Samsung to help Apple in the their sales, like they need it. They see Apple threated in their sales and their profits then the PhoneArena guys don't stop of bash Samsung.

10. lpratas

Posts: 398; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

In the old days it was also, John V.

11. lpratas

Posts: 398; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

Correction: always, no, nor always but almost every times is Alan F. There are others, like Daniel P but these is the worst.

13. Chuck007

Posts: 1410; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

So Sony's flagship will have a higher resolution than Samsung's? That'll be surprising to say the least.

15. Bankz

Posts: 2516; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

I already forsee next years flagship as stale as f_ck. All they'll bring is just minor form factor improvements and not much else tbh.. Just use your f**king brains guys. Bring on the fabled microsoft surface phone and I'm on bored. A solid shout-out to the Moto Z also for being innovative in a sea of stale feeling slabs

16. Clars123

Posts: 1076; Member since: Mar 16, 2015

Look at you pretending to have a subjective opinion

18. emmawilliam834

Posts: 241; Member since: Feb 09, 2016

According to PA the S8's digital assistant will be open to developers, thus always being able to integrate new features and interact with third-party services http://www.phonearena.com/news/Samsung-Galaxy-S8-will-feature-new-digital-assistant_id87482 The company has now provided a few other details that give us an idea of what this assistant might be capable of.http://techpathy.com/galaxy-s8s-digital-assistant-details/

19. monoke

Posts: 1153; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

Give me a bezeless flat screen design like that Meizu or the Mi Mix without capacitive keys. I'm ready to embrace the next phase of phone design. Buying iphone 7 or pixel now would just be bad timing i think when these all screen look will just make make em look straight ancient!

23. thegeneral7010

Posts: 437; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

All those years they have waited for apple to remove their physical home button then they decided to follow

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