Samsung will take the wraps off its much-awaited Galaxy Note 7 on August 2, and if rumors are to be believed, the device will go on sale in launch markets the same day. Now the rumor mill is shifting its focus to the next year’s Galaxy S8 in a big way. If latest reports are to be believed, the 2017 device will be all about virtual reality. According to MyDrivers, the Galaxy S8 will sport a 5.5-inch 4K UHD display to enhance the VR experience.
Project Dream may deliver the Daydream content
Samsung already has its Gear VR headset that got a big boost after being bundled with the Galaxy S7 earlier this year. The Galaxy S8 is internally codenamed Project Dream, which may refer to Google’s Daydream virtual reality standard. Google’s Daydream is designed for Android hardware vendors to work with on their devices. Samsung’s S8 may be equipped to deliver the Daydream content.
The Galaxy S8 and S8 Edge are said to have a display resolution of 3,840 x 2,160 compared to 2,160 x 1,200 for Oculus Rift. The Korean electronics giant showed off a 4K 5.5-inch display in May. Though it was just a prototype, it does suggest that the recent rumors are not baseless. Moreover, Phone Arena reports that Samsung is also working on the Bio Blue technology that would reduce the amount of blue light that AMOLED screens put out.
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Galaxy S8 to feature dual-camera
The S8 is also rumored to feature a dual-camera setup. The camera module will be made by Samsung’s SEMCO. Last week, Corning announced that its 5th generation Gorilla Glass had entered production, and will debut on the first smartphones later this year. It has sparked speculations that the Galaxy S8 could sport the Gorilla Glass 5. Corning said the new glass can survive a 5.25 feet drop on a rough surface at least 80% of the time.
Samsung traditionally unveils its Galaxy S line devices at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) every year. The next MWC will take place between February 27 and March 2, 2017 in Barcelona.