Samsung's Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge phones might be creating waves in the world of premium smartphones, but leaks on the next Galaxy flagship are already doing the rounds. Even though we have been able to take a peek at upcoming Samsung technologies and features, the latest reports are on the Galaxy S8's components and design.
According to Phone Arena, who are basing their reports on a news source from China, Samsung Galaxy S8 will feature a 4K Ultra HD display with a resolution of 2160 x 3840 pixels. As of now, the only flagship phone with such a display is Sony's Xperia Z5 Premium, whose display also features a pixel density of an unheard of 806 ppi.
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Even though a 4K display will offer the clearest and the brightest way to watch movies and play games, it has the capability to consume around twice the battery power of your smartphone, thus rendering it uneconomical in terms of survivability on a single charge. It will be interesting to see how Samsung would get around the issue of a much-shortened battery life.
The rumour that Samsung Galaxy S8 would feature an Ultra HD display doesn't go with earlier reports on Samsung's plans to start work on standalone VR headsets that will not need smartphones to work. “We are working on wireless and dedicated VR devices, not necessarily working with our mobile phone. VR is amazing, but the industry is still at its infancy,” said Injong Rhee, head of R&D for software and services at Samsung. However, he also added that developing such a device could take years, which means Ultra HD displays would do all the hard work until standalone VR headsets are released.
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It is also rumoured that the Galaxy S8 will be powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 830 processor whose architecture will be based on an energy-efficient 10nm FinFET process. However, it is more likely that Samsung would want to transition completely from Qualcomm's processors to its own Exynos ones with the next-generation smartphones.
At the same time, Samsung is also putting finishing touches to its Samsung Music app which is set to be released with future Samsung handsets. At the moment, the app is somewhere between a beta stage and a full-fledged version. Launch last month on the Google Play Store, it is presently intended for developers and enthusiasts to try it out, get used to it and suggest changes which can make it even better. Built specifically for Samsung's Galaxy phones, the app is getting constantly updated and apart from getting rid of bugs, it is also filling up with new features functionalities.