We’ve already covered the rumor storm surrounding late 2016 and 2017 Samsung smartphone and display device releases in some detail but considering how some of these rumors end up panning out with remarkable precision, it’s worth mentioning still more of the speculation surrounding future smartphones from the Korean electronics giant.
In the latest rumors we’ve managed to hear, talk of truly stunning and powerful new specs for the Samsung Galaxy S8 phone for 2017 are springing up and they’re worth reading about if you’re a fan of 4K display or really damn powerful phone technology.
For the first time yet, Samsung’s own supply chain sources in Asia have started opening up about the upcoming Galaxy S8 phone and what we’re hearing is that the new phone will not only feature a razor sharp AMOLED display but that this display has a high likelihood of coming out with a native 4K ultra HD resolution. The 4K resolution claim in particular is thus being given further validation beyond the tenuous claims from earlier rumors about the resolution. Furthermore, according to the latest rumors, the S8 will also come with a hefty 6GB DRAM upgrade that should really amp up the power of the device upon release. This second rumor has a lot of potential for accuracy since Samsung has indeed recently launched its new 10nm 6GB DRAM module design and the company will be using them in their latest top-shelf devices.
Aside from speculation about 4K display and a highly efficient, powerful new RAM, the Galaxy S8 is supposedly also going to come with a dual edge display with an increased Radian that will leave room for more features and apps along its downward curves.
Other more tentative speculation about the S8 includes mention of a bendable screen but this last is what we’d definitely call a skepticism-worthy suggestion.
Moving back to the potential 4K screen on the S8, we do know that Samsung is capable of delivering the technology, since the company has indeed already presented a 5.5 inch 4K UHD AMOLED display to the public, albeit only as an experimental model for demonstration purposes, at least so far.
A prototype 4K AMOLED Display from Samsung
Currently, while many smartphones feature 4K UHD video recording capacity, the only consumer market smartphone with an actual native 4K UHD display is the Sony Xperia Z5 Premium. No other brand has followed in Sony’s footsteps with their own consumer release of a phone with anything close to 4K resolution and part of the reason for this likely lies in the lack of content that could even be displayed on such a phone. However, this could soon change as new wireless connectivity standards like 802.11ad WiGig also emerge. The WiGig ad standard, which is rumored to be coming with the iPhone 7 later in 2016, will allow for wireless transmission of 4K video files from or to a phone and a local docked device like a set-top box or 4K smart TV. WiGig has a range of only about 4 meters, or 12 feet but it at least creates a viable means of delivering 4K content straight to a smartphone with the correct display type.
Furthermore, the growing popularity of 4K video recording in phones means a potential desire to view said content right on those phone screen in native resolution, even if the notion of distinguishing 4K UHD sharpness from Full HD in a tiny phone screen is something that many readers might consider silly.
Moving back to the upcoming Galaxy’s hardware chops, there is a high likelihood of Qualcomm Snapdragon 830 SoC chipset integration and this too means more evidence in favor of 4K display, since the Snapdragon 830 chip is designed with this sort of technology in mind, along with 4Kx2K video recording, increased clock speeds and LPDDR4X memory support.
We’ll definitely keeping our eyes open for more confirmation and concrete details around the Samsung Galaxy S8 as the year goes on and we’ll report whatever further noteworthy evidence we find.