Samsung Galaxy S8 to boast a larger 4K display for VR, says report

Samsung Galaxy S8 to boast a larger 4K display for VR, says report
While mobile industry leaders continually seek to innovate, it's becoming increasingly difficult for companies to maintain excitement with yearly upgrades. Even Samsung's Galaxy S7, which is considered one of the strongest competitors currently available, is more of a refinement job on its predecessor than a radical array of new features. Apparently, though, the next-in-line—Samsung's Galaxy S8 flagship likely due in early 2017—will push the display resolution up to 4K while the size will increase to 5.5 inches. 

Considering that the Galaxy S7 is a quad-HD affair with its 1440 x 2560 panel, it'll be interesting to see if there's any mileage in this report from The Korea Herald. After all, it's not like the naked eye can perceive pixels on the super-sharp configuration of the S7, let alone anything higher. But according to the info sourced from UBI Research, a 2,160 x 3840 panel could be deployed, with VR support cited as a reason for the bump. 

It's an interesting claim, particularly given that pre-existing VR tech works just fine on displays of lower resolution than the Galaxy S7's quad-HD offering. If true, we expect that for the most part, the display will be downscaled to save on the device's resources. Sony beat the others to the punch with the Z5 Premium, which is credited as the world's first 4K smartphone. But has that particular move been a game-changer? Not at all, especially given that, for the most part, it's set at 1080p.  

It's always interesting to see the kinds of rumors that crop up so many months before device is due to hit the market. Samsung will indeed be looking to make a splash with next year's flagship, and we fully expect another Unpacked event to kick off MWC '17 in Barcelona. Though not beyond the realm of possibility, we're taking this one with a substantial dose of salt for now. 

Would you be excited by the thought of a Galaxy S8 with a 4K display? Let us know of your take via the comments. 

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45 Comments

1. iushnt

Posts: 3021; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

If the overall performance is better than what we have today, it's more than welcome

2. janis

Posts: 397; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

samsung needs just 1 thing to change to become ultimate phone. touchwiz must be changed. well i can cover it with launchers pretty good, but i think phone out of the box should be like this stock without bloat etc. instead of 4k better battery would be more useful.

10. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

The reason Samsung made touchwiz is to bring features that arent natively supported in Android. Not everyone wants a boring phone with Vanilla Android which is so much like IOS. A featureless mess. If that si the kind of phone you want, you have options. There is nothign wrong with TW. You peoples see something repeated over and over and somehow you think its fact. The day Samsung drops TW, is the day I drop Samsung. Though I don't like TW, I like the features it offers. The benefits of it totally out weight the few little nags, idiots complain about. No phone is perfect or will ever be. Some phones have no features at all and are slow, boring, have no features you can play with. The phones are just app launchers. I like doing other things on phones other than launching apps.

30. Bankz

Posts: 2445; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Stop spreading lies. You don't need touchwiz to bring features to the OS. Just take a look at MOTO with their MOTO voice, MOTO display and MOTO actions, they didn't need touchwiz to do that. Neither did OPO need touchwiz to add dark mode to the android experience. I wonder what you teach your younger ones, if you need to lie about everything you like and dislike

39. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1182; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

He is a Samsung fanboy. He will actually buy a s7 will stupid Batman logo even if it cost over 1000USD, LOL. Touch wiz is not for bring features, but to slowly force people into the Samsung ecosystem, it will recommend the Samsung browser over chrome, Samsung store over Google play store and so on. People think Apple is the big bad wolf, but Samsung is also going towards the Apple direction. Even though the way Apple and Samsung is doing business is not so consumer friendly, but it is the only few way companies stay profitable. Just look at the other Android manufacturers, almost hanging on its last legs or trying to be more diverse. IMO, they phone that I would really want to use, would be a xperia with iOS. I don't really care about customization, but then again, that's only me, there are a lot of people who would like Android more.

41. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I would. Funny, I recall I would only pay up to $1000 for it. STUPID! Fanboy? Hardly. But you're welcome to think whatever you want.

42. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Really? When I click a link on my Samsung, it offers me to open it with whatever browser is installed on my phone until I choose a default. So you lie. Samsung store only host apps that Samsung gives to customers that are full of features for Samsung phones. Some of those apps have been made available to all Android users not just samsung. Samsung only offers apps given to them by their partners for their phones that we get FREE. Example. Samsung yes offers Asphalt 8. The one Samsung offers is not the exact same one on the Google Play store. After all, you cant even load Samsung app store on a non-Samsung phone. The game comes with extras which Samsung paid for, for Galaxy users. You are an ignorant fool. You woudlnt even knwo a fanboy if one slapped you in your face. Go back and sit in your mama's lap and let the adults talk.

40. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Oh so I'm lying? Split-screen apps was only just supported at the OS level in Android with 6.0. Its been on Samsung devices since the first Gaalxy Note and the Galaxy S3. TW supported fingerprint readers, before google brought the API to Android for it. Moto chose to do it their way. Also maybe you're to your to know, but Motorola also use to use a skin on their phone, it was called Moto Blur. Show me a phone where you can write on the screen while sit off. Show me a phone where you can theme the UI, without installing a different launcher. In fact brush, go and look at all the features on the Galaxy S4 and show me any other phone releasd the same year that has the same features. All those features are via TouchWiz because Google doesn't allow OEM to change the native code of Android. That si why Samsung uses a layer because in order to bring those same features to Android at the OS level, it would require API's and code added to Android. You don't know what the hell you're talkign about.

33. janis

Posts: 397; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

i dont care these extra features i care nice display samsung clearly has best right now in market, and i like minimal design not like some childish play phone, which touchwiz is. i guess most people will agree on that

45. .KRATOS.

Posts: 434; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

Childish well I have to disagree, well what you consider the iPhone ui then or xperia ui, if it's a bit colorful it doesn't mean Childish it's so minimalistic n the white ui gives eye popping it's classy, n yeah it has lots of features I guess the only downside of features if it makes the phone slower or buggy which it didn't after using the s6 for 1year n 2months still like when I 1st bought it n maybe better

13. hateftotti

Posts: 223; Member since: May 03, 2011

Change in TW is already started. Just download the Good Lock app on your Marshmallow device and see how great it is.

34. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

Yes using it, seems pretty nice.

36. .KRATOS.

Posts: 434; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

Yup I've download it on the S6 it's beautiful nearly stock with features but I don't know if it's draining my battery I've noticed maybe it is

17. abdoualgeria

Posts: 928; Member since: Jul 27, 2015

its just fashionable to hate on touchwiz

25. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Yes it is. The TW pansies just keep crying a river. They act like they are still using Galaxy S2's or an S3. As I recall, Samsung did use the PowerVR in the S4. Why they switched I can only assume that after Apple partnered with teh company that makes the chip, they likely refused to sell product to Samsung. That would be a guess. Samsung turned to Qualcomm as an alternative. Qualcomm chips are great, but they are not efficient. The Mali is like have a integrated GPU. Its design to be efficient.. Tests have shown the Exynos with the Mali are more efficient vs Qualcomm's SnapDragon over and over again. For this little $.99 games on Android, you don't need anything more powerful on mobile. If you want real games, get a Windows PC or a console.

29. FoneAddict

Posts: 263; Member since: Jul 05, 2011

like it's fashionable to hate on algeria

22. maherk

Posts: 6544; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

No need for launchers with the new TW, you have a theme engine that will change everything in the phone. As mentioned in this comment section, people hate on TW because it is the trend these days, but in real life, majority of us Samsung users appreciate TW and what it brings to the table. Almost everything that was called a gimmick at one time, ended up getting ported to either stock android and even iOS.

31. Bankz

Posts: 2445; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Nobody hates the features in touch wiz, atleast not me, but what we hate is the UI and its cartoonish look and the fact that it lags and its almost unusable after a period of time.. Otherwise in terms of features, no one come close to TW and MOTO!!! The only difference is that MOTO did at features without ruinning the android UI..

35. maherk

Posts: 6544; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

You must have missed the part where I mentioned the theme engine. And my wife and brother's S6 still runs just like it did on day one, same to my sister's Note 5, anddd my S7 Edge. Sure old TW had it's own performance issues at times, and I notice that in my Tab S 8.4, but TW is much lighter now and you can feel the difference.

37. Macready

Posts: 1788; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

Moto and TW are nowhere near comparable in terms of features. I know because we have both here. And my S2 is as fast as it was more than 5 years ago, the S6 as fast as when it was bought a year ago too. If that isn't the case for you, blame apps you installed or corrupted updates.

27. Joshua9007

Posts: 94; Member since: Jun 08, 2012

I agree that I could care less about being able to brag that my phone has better resolution than my TV (currently... maybe not for long, lol) because it won't improve my experience at all. Refine the current screen to be more power efficient & higher brightness output in direct sunlight (even if it has to drop to 1080p to be visible). If someone wants a specialized VR superphone, maybe they should just make the S Edge the special variant, but I don't want to pay for something that I won't use and will kill my battery life. Plus, if someone wants a 5.5"+ phone, get a note... the lines between the phones are getting blurred & there are fewer differentiating reasons to to have so many different models. And TW is much better in its current form than it used to be, it does add some function & gives the Samsung products a consistent look to differentiate them from the competition. If it could be refined to be a little lighter on system resources, that would be nice, but as hardware increases power, that is becoming a moot point.

32. phonearenarocks

Posts: 602; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

You need to come into reality, as pointed by "TechieXP1969" as well, this is not the S2 generation anymore and Touchwiz is very much refined. Check the link below for the confession of a TW critic who was a Stock android fan as well. http://www.androidauthority.com/from-stock-android-to-touchwiz-impressions-679348/

44. anglosaxonengland

Posts: 62; Member since: Sep 11, 2013

To be honestly, it's probably only the small minority 0.1% (probably already being generous with te figures here) that even cares about a Samsung phone running close to stock. The S lines of phones are catered towards the mass market, not the 0.1%. The phone will almost certainly loose sales when consumers feel it's taking away familiarity of it since most of them are very 'allocentric'. The only people who really whine about TW are the nerds over at xda and other android forums.

3. Jevon5

Posts: 60; Member since: Feb 15, 2016

Bring it on! I like seeing advancements in technology

4. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1781; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

Just make a vr mode where the screen flips to 4k when inserted into the vr. We don't need 4k for casual use...

24. maherk

Posts: 6544; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

100% agree. This is how it should be implemented if Samsung did indeed use a 4k panel in the S8, no one will be able to notice the difference with the naked eye.

5. iushnt

Posts: 3021; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

If the overall performance is better than what we have today, it's more than welcome

6. AgentZero

Posts: 314; Member since: Aug 16, 2014

This could be amazing .. the only thing they have to do is figure a way to maintain the great battery life with the 4k display

7. Freeza

Posts: 95; Member since: Apr 03, 2016

This should be a monster of a device. I hardly care about it even if it loads apps slower than the competitors (nobody's gonna build a rocket with those few seconds saved).

8. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Just because Sony had to downscale, doesn't mean everyone has too. We are assuming that ALL 4K's displays will consume so much power, display non-native content. What if Samsung has worked it so the 4K display uses the same power as their QHD? After all, the present QHD display from Samsung, uses less power than many phones that sport Full HD displays. Now watch all the haters who won't be getting 4K on their phones for at least 5 years, talk about how we don't need it and blah blah blah.

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