It’s still early to know more details about the Galaxy S8 that will arrive next spring, but rumors circulating these days suggest that its screen’s resolution will be upgraded to 3,840 x 2,160 pixels (UHD) and that it will focus on VR. It’s already known that the upcoming Android Nougat will introduce Daydream, which will be Google’s new VR platform and it seems that Samsung is preparing its flagship for virtual reality.
On August 2, Samsung will unveil its new Galaxy Note 7 phablet and reports claim that the company will wait exactly six months to release the next flagship which is codenamed Project Dream. The Galaxy S8 will come with the same screen size, and its Edge variant will measure 5.5-inch, just like the current S7 Edge, but their resolution will be increased to 3,840 x 2,160 pixels, which is much higher compared to Oculus Rift’s 2,160 x 1,200 pixels.
A higher resolution will require a more advanced chipset, and Samsung might use the Snapdragon 830 series, but it’s uncertain which Exynos version will be released until then. AMD and Nvidia are offering some VR-capable GPUs and even entry level ones draw less than 150W.
Samsung is reportedly working on a new standalone VR headset called “Odyssey”, which will be a direct rival to Rift and HTC Vive, but not much is known about the project. However, Odyssey is supposed to be a Star Trek type holodeck.
Now, let’s talk about the Note 7, which will be launched in six days, during a special event hold in New York City. Some of the rumored new features include an iris scanner, an improved stylus and a new S Pen Air Command menu, Grace UX interface and a dual-edge screen.
In the US, the phablet will be available with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 quad core processor (two cores clocked at 2.3GHz and two cores clocked at 1.6GHz), while the rest of the globe will receive the Exynos 8893 octa core processor (four cores clocked at 2.6GHz and four cores clocked at 1.6GHz), but both variants will support 6GB of RAM.
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