Skip to main content

Galaxy S8 Might Feature A 4K Screen, But Not For Daily Use


Screen resolution has been a differentiator for phone manufacturers ever since Steve Jobs pulled the Retina Display gag on the world with the iPhone 4. We’ve seen devices jump to 720p, 1080p and now QuadHD as manufacturers are able to squeeze more and more sub-pixels onto smaller displays. We’ve even, briefly, seen a 4K display from Sony, in the Xperia Z5 Premium.

The truth is that the law of diminishing returns means these screens don’t really add a great deal to the phone’s capabilities, especially when the cost of additional power drain is considered.

So there’s a highly dubious claim that the Galaxy S8 will sport a 4K display when it arrives in 2017 doing the rounds at the moment. Aside from the obvious reasons why this might not be the case – cost, battery consumption, limited (read zero) improved perception of screen sharpness when compared to QuadHD – there is also one very good reason why Samsung may decide that its new phones will need to come packing such high-resolution screens.


The current Gear VR headset is the best selling true VR setup on the market. However the success that HTC appears to be having with the Vive suggests that there is a massive and barely tapped market for VR headsets.

The biggest issue with the Gear VR is screen resolution of the phones it supports. Samsung phones running at QuadHD look great to the naked eye, but magnified by the VR’s lens setup you can start to pick out individual pixels quite clearly.

That blockiness somewhat impinges on the otherworldly experience the VR creates and offering a handset with significantly more numerous and smaller pixels will ease that effect, if not erase it completely.

However that doesn’t mean that the screen will run at full resolution permanently. I suspect that in order to improve the battery life and also reduce heat issues, the Galaxy S8 will run as a normal QuadHD device except when plugged into the Gear VR.

Its not a cast iron guarantee, but it seems the only plausible reason for spending so much money for so little return.


Popular posts from this blog

F1: Robert Kubica Impresses In Renault Test Run

The car may be old but its the performance of the driver that's the story here. Robert Kubica returned to F1, after a fashion, earlier this week with an extensive test run in a 2012 Lotus Renault F1 car at Valencia.
The age of the car and the circuit were likely determined by F1's current rules which ban testing, but the reason for Kubica being in the car is far more interesting. Considered by many to be a potential World Champion and certainly one of the fastest drivers of his generation, Kubica's F1 career seemed to be over after a 2011 crash whilst driving in the Rally of Andora. His Skoda Fabia was penetrated by a guardrail in the high speed accident partially severing his right arm.
Up until last year Kubica has been competing in rallying, with the expectation that the limited movement in his repaired arm would prohibit a return to single seater racing.
So this week's test is both interesting and confusing. Interesting because Kubica completed 115 laps of the ret…

Panos Panay's Defence Of Microsoft Surface Hardware Sounds Eerily Familiar

This weekend I went out with my ten year old daughter to select a laptop for her school year beginning in January. The schools requirements are quite specific, requiring a Windows 10 device, with a preference for a touchscreen and a stylus. She chose a Surface Pro, after trying a large number of different options. Having seen the way I use my own Surface Pro - and tried it herself there was only ever going to be two options - and the other was a Surface Laptop.
I tell you this so that you understand I am a buyer of Microsoft's products through choice, not compulsion. I'm on my third Surface device now. 
So when Panos Panay dismissed reports of the death of the Surface hardware line, I was very interested to see exactly how strong these denials were. Especially how they reflect what has gone before. To whit: Windows 10 Mobile.
Panay claimed that Microsoft is in hardware for the long haul. Almost exactly mirroring the words of Terry Myerson, when he claimed Windows Mobile was g…

WhartonBrooks Indiegogo Windows 10 Mobile Even More Doomed To Failure Than Usual

WhartonBrooks is currently crowd-funding its latest Windows Mobile smartphone on Indiegogo. If crowdfunding isn't already a bad enough idea, a company trying to crowdfund a Windows Mobile device should be warning enough for you.
Not that anyone seems to be taking the project too seriously. With a few weeks left to run the campaign has managed to ensnare just 2% of its $1.1m target.
If you want a better indication of how few Window Mobile loyalists remain I doubt there is one. Of 3,900 Windows Phone enthusiasts Wharton Brooks was seeking for its new phone, it has managed to entice just 50.
Windows for Phones is dead, even if the corpse hasn't stopped twitching yet.