Now that Samsung’s Galaxy S7 has officially outsold the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus, it’s time to shift attention to next year’s flagship, reportedly code-named Project Dream, which is most likely the Galaxy S8. Here’s everything you need to know.
You’ve always had a choice between an Edge display and a regular one on Samsung’s flagship smartphones. There was the Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, and the Galaxy S7, S7 Edge. For the S8, you may be stuck with two Edge devices, according to The Korea Herald. The company is considering ending the regular model for its flagship line.
“Sources said the company has already started securing display panels in two sizes — 5.1 inch and 5.5 inch — from its own display-making unit Samsung Display, the world’s sole producer of double-edged screens.” the site reports. Those are the same size displays as the current Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge.
We can’t verify this information, but it’s not a surprising consideration at all. The Galaxy Note 7 was the first Note device to have a complete Edge display, and it’s one of the company’s most recognizable features. Still, the verdict isn’t final, so if you’re not too fond of the Edge display, there’s always a chance the rumor isn’t true.
The display is also rumored to surpass its predecessors’ thanks to a 4K resolution, according to My Drivers. The reasoning behind putting such a high-resolution screen on a smartphone may be because of virtual reality. Samsung already has its own VR headset with the Gear VR, and now that Google has set its own Daydream VR standard, it seems likely that future mobile devices would get 4K screens to better showcase VR content.
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Others have noted that the “dream” codename for the S8 may refer to Google’s Daydream VR standard. The addition of a 4K screen might also be part of Samsung’s effort to future-proof the device for new high-resolution virtual reality content. Of course, this is just speculation about a rumor that may not prove to be true, so take the news with a grain of salt.
Still, Samsung showed off a 4K 5.5-inch display for VR at the SID Display Week in May, so the company is clearly working on bringing 4K to small screens. Of course, it was just a prototype, which indicates that it may take time before we see it on an actual device.
The Galaxy series has seen a serious improvement in camera quality over the past few years, and we even rated the Galaxy S7’s camera as better than the camera on the iPhone 6s in some respects. According to recent reports, however, Samsung will go a step further for the Galaxy S8. According to a tip from Chinese social media site Weibo, the Galaxy S8 will feature a dual 12MP + 13MP rear-facing camera, a move that will likely put the camera in line with the upcoming iPhone 7, which is also expected to have a dual camera, at least for one version. Unsurprisingly, the Galaxy S8 is also rumored to have an Iris scanner, boosting the phone’s biometric security and bringing it in line with the Galaxy Note 7.
Operating system and specs
With Android 7.0 Nougat on the horizon, it’s almost certain that the Galaxy S8 will ship with the latest flavor of Android when it launches. Of course, if the S8 does indeed have a 4K screen, it will need a large battery to keep it powered for more than a day.
The latest rumors to arise suggest that Samsung may use an Exynos 8895 processor with ARM’s new Mali-G71 GPU, which is nearly twice as powerful (1.8 times, to be exact) as the Mali-T880 MP12 GPU found in the Exynos 8890-powered Galaxy S7. This new GPU makes use of ARM’s Bifrost architecture, which allegedly allows for high-end 4K and VR experiences. Moreover, it’s compatible with Vulkan, OpenGL ES 3.2, GPU Compute, and Android RenderScript APIs.
Battery and USB Type-C
The Galaxy S8 may adopt the USB Type-C reversible charging port, which offers fast charging and quicker data transfers. We’re expected to see this in the upcoming Galaxy Note 7, which will be unveiled on August 2, and the Type-C port may likely make its way to the Gear VR 2 to ensure compatibility with all of Samsung’s upcoming devices.
Like the Galaxy S7, we may see the device at Mobile World Congress 2017, but we can’t say for sure. We’ll update this post as we learn more information.
Updated on 09-24-2016 by Lulu Chang: Added rumors about the use of an Exynos 8895 processor with ARM’s new Mali-G71 GPU.