Samsung allegedly readying dual-camera Galaxy S8 with 4K screen for February 2017 unveiling

By , Aug 31, 2016

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Samsung’s Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge, along with the recently launched Note 7, may not be enough to steal Apple’s thunder as the Cupertino firm preps to unveil its next iPhone on September 7.

According to the rumors, a sophisticated dual-lens camera system is expected to give the iPhone 7 DSLR-like features with RAW camera capture, optical zoom, better lowlight photography and more.

With that in mind, little wonder that Samsung is now reportedly looking to update its flagship smartphone line with dual cameras of its own.

That’s according to purported specifications for a next-generation Galaxy S8 smartphone, leaked on Weibo, indicating that the device could pack in the following hardware improvements:

  • Iris scanner on the front, similar to that on the Note 7
  • Dual cameras on the back
  • 4K display

I’m not surprised they’re bringing the Note 7’s iris scanner to the Galaxy S8.

Speaking of the dual-camera system, one of the cameras is said to have an aperture of f/2.0 and the other 2.3 or less. By comparison, the recently leaked iPhone 7 specs sheet mentions the following iPhone 7 camera specs:

  • 4.7″ iPhone 7: 12-megapixel iSight camera with a 1/2.6″ sensor (12-megapixel 1/3″ sensor on iPhone 6s), aperture of ƒ/1.9 (2.2 on iPhone 6s) and 1.3 µm pixels
  • 5.5″ iPhone 7 Plus: two 12-megapixel iSight cameras, each with a 1/3″ sensor and a ƒ/1.9 aperture

The iPhone will celebrate its tenth anniversary next year and Apple is said to have something special in store for its fans in the form of an ‘iPhone 8’ with a wraparound AMOLED screen like that attractive screen on the Galaxy S7 Edge.

Now, Samsung produces best mobile displays in the world—its AMOLED screens easily beat the iPhone’s Retina display in terms of power consumption, image clarity, color saturation, brightness, contrast and outdoor visibility.

For instance, the 5.5-inch iPhone’s 401ppi Retina HD display with its 1,920-by-1,080 pixel resolution is no match for Samsung’s 534ppi 2,560-by-1,440 pixel resolution display in terms of sharpness. Taking this into account, I’m not surprised that Samsung would want to retain its lead by giving the next Galaxy a 4K display.

Despite what Apple’s marketing would have you believe, human eye can in fact observe the difference in image quality between a Full HD and 4K smartphone display. A 4K screen would also be very useful for virtual reality applications (Samsung Gear VR) and for enjoying and editing 4K videos with pixel-to-pixel accuracy.

Of course, going from the current Galaxy’s 2K screen to a 4K is easier said than done: a 4K display would require increased memory bandwidth, a faster graphics processor and a bigger battery. Coincidentally or not, the Weibo leak states that the Galaxy S8’s 4K screen would have the capability to switch to 2K resolution to save power.

Which leads me to my question of the day: is Apple going to upgrade the iPhone’s aging Retina display to 4K next year, do you think? And more importantly, should it (given the battery and GPU concerns)?

Source: Webio

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  • Highlander

    you mean february 2017

  • Adhithya Gokul

    Are they also getting a Time Machine ready to travel back to February 2016

  • NanamiAsuri

    Oh cool! 4k screen. Awesome…. Right? What the hell is the point of a 4K screen when UHD screens already make it impossible to see pixels?
    Another case of “Let’s add this to the spec sheet so people don’t notice our SAMSUNG LAG as much”? Lol

    • Valinor

      Makes perfect sense to me. Samsung is going VR and a 4k screen would be awesome for it. They’ll probably mimick the Sony Z5 Premium by only using 4K with video and certain apps. For everything else a 2k resolution.

    • ravinigga

      And people says awesome 4K Samsung innovate, but nobody noticed that Sony already had with their z5 premium 2 years ago

      • Rowan09

        Exactly. LG already showed off 8K phones screens. This is just going too far for no real gain. Samsung needs to do something though because the VR looks horrible when I use it on my S7 Edge.

      • ravinigga

        Oled is good but samsung oled are perfect too much blue glowing thing on whole screen also their tv. I prefer lg

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  • Diego Milano

    Apple, please, do something. I know specifications aren’t everything, but seriously Apple needs to step up massively in terms of latest technology. Apple needs to stop being so afraid of keeping their best cards beneath their sleeves when the competence has been ramming them in the last 24 months. We used to debunk these details back when Samsung released their phablets and then Apple ended up doing the same (and it was a major success, namely the iPhone 6 Plus and subsequent iterations), it really seems to be turning into a trend on their part.
    It seems the only way for Apple to wake up is to have a major impact in their stocks.

    • All your fears shall go away in one year’s time, by the Fall of 2017

      • Diego Milano

        What fears? 😛

    • Rowan09

      In time. The 6 Plus downscales to 1080, if you look through Kodi you’ll see the iPhone resolution at 2208×1242 which makes it a 2K screen per say. Adding a 4K screen for Samsung is needed because if you’ve ever used the VR headset it looks like 480P instead of 1080 when I watch a video on Netflix. You will not be able from watching a video to see the difference between the 6S Plus, S7 Edge or the Z5 Premium (was released in 2015 of November with a 4K screen) according to a review from Cnet on the Z5 Premium. Apple will upgrade the resolution according to another article they might be using Micro-LED screen instead of Amoled in the future.

      • Diego Milano

        Precisely, but of course, some will say that choppiness or snappiness is what makes a phone good, lame excuses. It’s the entire package. If we all wanted a snappy phone, just go back to a non-smartphone and knock the discussion off, right? But of course, we want features.
        Apple just needs to stop playing the fool and bring a vast amount of new features instead of these dumb incremental updates that lead nowhere while the competition is leaving them behind (and no, the solution is not “switch to an Android device,” because I like the quality products Apple manufactures).

      • Rowan09

        How is Apple playing the fool? They make the same upgrades along with everyone else. What are you looking for to consider a worth while upgrade? Remember Apple is not in the position to just try something and make it fail. You think Apple could have the Note 7 battery issue and people not make a big deal about it? When Apple wants to come out with OLED which is rumored for the next iphone, they have to get multiple suppliers, quality control, etc.

      • Diego Milano

        All smartphone makers reputation is impacted when bad things happen, no doubt. We already know the process for releasing new technology commercially, we’re not saying there shouldn’t be QA to minimize budget, we’re not saying they should be adding more RAM either, but I do believe Apple is not leading the game anymore and that is the reason why they saw their first iPhone sales decline in history, because they aren’t innovating as fast as the competition and corporations goal is profit which as mentioned has been impacted for the first time in years.
        Adding technology like OLED or new battery/charging technology or waterproof (all of which the competition already has, sadly, to name a few) has absolutely nothing to do with choppiness or snappiness. They can make the iPhone much much better than what it currently is and their iterations aren’t a big reason to upgrade anymore, which is slowing down their sales, reportedly.
        That’s what we’re saying. 🙂

    • Phil Randle

      I am going to try and add to this from a development standpoint, Apple thinks of things that other suppliers don’t, things like refresh rates, smoothness, viewing angles, responsiveness.

      The reason this is clear, pick up an iPhone 6S and use it as fast as you can, type a heap of notes and switch apps search the web, switch back. The iPhone is always ready to go, there is minimal loading time, there is no choppiness, there is no lag, screen refresh rate is great – this is due to balance of hardware and software, Apple adds it when the efficiency and reliability has been proven.

      We have been using the GS7 for the last few months at work for app testing and there is just strange problems, freezing issues, choppy loading at certain points, screen will flicker in some scenarios – it’s not hardware because it’s our third one.

      Sometimes people need to realise that not all hardware items are ready to go for all situations on release.

      • nonchalont

        You nailed it!

      • ravinigga

        Yea but all people care mor features is better. But Apple can also put in but is not ready.

      • Diego Milano

        Hardware will always be ready to go when you have an operating system specifically designed for a specific hardware. 😉
        We all understand what was expounded by now, but it isn’t enough reason to not introduce new stuff when everyone else is ramping up in the race and Apple is lagging behind. Here, I’ve had different models of iPhone since 2009 and have owned iPod touches since earlier years; having a snappy phone isn’t a good excuse to not do it. Just my humble opinion. 😉

  • Tony Trenkle Jr.

    I would love it if the screen resolution changed this year…there WAS an article I found a couple weeks ago saying the 7 plus was gonna have a 2K display but I’m guessing it wasn’t reliable since I didn’t see you guys or 9 to 5 Mac report on it.
    As of right now I have no devices that viewing 4K content on would look good and with my upcoming upgrade from the 6 Plus to the 7 plus, I will be able to shoot in 4K, but still only have 1080HD to view it on. Oh well.

  • Dao Sasone

    If you need a phone to do one thing at a time get an iPhone. If you want true multitasking get an Samsung

    • ravinigga

      Pocketnow says that iPad is the king now with multitasking.

  • Eliijah Moss

    The human eye can’t even differentiate between 1080P and 2K solution (in terms of phone size). Bumping it up to 4K is meaningless. Focusing on the DPI and color would be a better solution.