Samsung has been out of the forefront of mobile display technology development over the last five years.
After starting out with smartphones that featured resolutions as low as 480p only a few years ago, the industry has been inching towards the 4K mark. Sony did come out with the world’s first 4K smartphone in the form of the Sony Xperia Z5, but it did not use the high resolution 100% of the time. Hence, the tech lovers are still waiting for the first full 4K display and the Samsung Galaxy S8 may come to the rescue.
Samsung is reportedly ready to launch the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S8 with a 5.5 inch screen, which will provide 4K resolution all the time. This will be a major step up from the QHD resolution which seems to be the standard fare for smartphones at the upper end of the segment. One of the main reasons for such rumors and reports to crop up is the cycle Samsung have adopted with regard to the displays. The South Korean giant usually improves the resolution of the Galaxy S phones every two years. The Samsung Galaxy S6 and the Samsung Galaxy S7 provide the QHD resolution for users to enjoy.
Predecessors like the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the Samsung Galaxy S5, though, only offered the 1080p screens. Going by the cycle, it is almost certain that the Samsung Galaxy S8 will feature 4K display. One of the big challenges for Samsung will not be to include this high resolution in the phone, but to maintain the battery life of the device even when providing 4K content that all times. Battery life was one of the main concerns when Sony dropped the idea to use the Sony Xperia Z5 with 4K content at all times.
Other features of the Samsung Galaxy S8 are not yet clear. This is primarily because the phone is quite a long way away from its launch. It should certainly come with two options for the buyers – the regular variant and the version with the Edge display. Going by the past launches of the higher end Samsung phones, the Samsung Galaxy S8 could be heading to markets in the next eight months. As of now, the Samsung Galaxy S7 and the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge have been doing extremely well. Opting for the 4K panels on the Samsung Galaxy S8 will also help Samsung in terms of VR content.