The rumors solidify, Samsung Galaxy G8 specs really might include a 4K display
Stephan Jukic – July 27, 2016
Samsung’s next generation smartphone the Galaxy S8 is on its way and there are plenty of rumors circulating about this highly anticipated powerhouse of a device. One of the most unique is of course about the possible inclusion of a 4K ultra HD display for some awesome Google Daydream VR capability giving it much needed justification and plausibility. That aside, the other key specs of the S8 are reportedly going to make this 2017 phone into a mobile device that puts today’s flagship models in the dust.
For starters, the new S8 design is reportedly being called “Project Dream” by the developers at Samsung itself and this naturally enough ties right into the key rumor that this particular phone will come with certification for Google’s Daydream VR system. This something that’s actually already confirmed for a number of other phones which have been announced but the Galaxy S8 is the first among these models which might also come with the power of full 4K UHD resolution to make Daydream work at a whole new level of sharpness. In contrast, some of the other Daydream-Ready models that are being forecast will offer resolutions as “low” as Full HD for their displays.
In other words, Samsung is possibly aiming to both future-proof and high-end its upcoming S8 phone in a seriously competitive way when the phone emerges (possibly) at or in the wake of the Mobile World Congress in 2017.
Now, that Samsung has been working on mobile 4K display technology with VR readiness is something we already have firmly confirmed. The company showed one such mobile device screen as a prototype display only recently and at 5.5 inches, it delivers a stunning 806ppi pixel density.
On the other hand, the question of how a tiny mobile phone is going to power virtual reality at 4K resolution is a good one to ponder, even with the seriously heavy-duty processing specs that are reported for the Galaxy S8.
These include the possibility of a new Qualcomm Snapdragon 830 chipset which will deliver much better performance than the existing Snapdragon 820 chip found in the current Galaxy S7 phone model. Other speculation has it that the S8 will instead come with Samsung’s own Exynos 8890 chipset. This SoC (System on a chip) type has already been used in the Galaxy S6 but we’re leaning more towards Qualcomm’s future Snapdragon 830 chip, which is being designed with 4K capability built well into it. And considering that even Qualcomm’s new and recently announced 821 chip delivers 10% more power than the 820 chip of the Galaxy S7, you can imagine how much of a boost the 830 will likely offer.
Adtionally, with the (possible) inclusion of the Snapdragon 830 chip, The will have Snapdragon X16 technology built in by default, since it’s part of the 830’s architecture. The X16 is Qualcomm’s latest 14nm manufacturing process modem and offers the capacity to handle “fibre-like” LTE Cat. 16 download capacity. This means downloads as fast as 1Gbps assuming a user’s mobile network can also handle the same power.
Moving beyond these specs, the Galaxy S8 will also possibly come with USB-C connectivity for much better data transfer from phone to other USB-C devices and the ability to charge at turbo speeds since this new USB spec is designed to handle as many as 100W of power.
Other cool potential specs include as many as 6GB of RAM, a powerful new 4500mAh battery to handle all the phones massive processing needs and of course a seriously robust new camera with a huge 1/1.7 image sensor and Samsung’s new “dual-pixel” technology for a much faster focus and superior overall photo quality. Needless to say, since the Galaxy S7 already comes with 4K UHD video recording the Galaxy S8 almost certainly will too, even if it ends up lacking a full-blown 4K display.
In terms of pricing and other detailed specs, we really don’t want to speculate too much more then we already have but the S8 could also end up being a waterproof phone and come with a hefty price tag that’s befitting of such a powerful flagship phone. We’re guessing it will start out retailing for at least $600 to $700.
We’ll have to see what emerges at MWC 2017 or possibly before that if any interesting tech leaks about this highly anticipated phone slip out.
Story by 4k.com