There certainly is a lot happening in Samsung‘s hardware department. Following a general slowdown of the immense growth smartphones have enjoyed over the past lustrum in particular, OEMs are preparing for a new wave of next-generation devices.

Amid the numerous experimental projects the company is working on, however, we can expect that a more ‘safe’ Galaxy S8 will hit the market some time in the first half of 2017, and rumor has it that its display will move to a jaw-dropping 4K resolution (via KoreaHerald) …

A little over two months from now, the sequel to America’s most loved phone, the Galaxy Note 5, will make its way to the consumer market.

We are still unclear whether Samsung is planning one or two variants of the Note 7, but either way, the 5.7″ (or 5.8″) dual-edge display of the model leaked earlier this week will likely sport a QHD resolution, much like the two Galaxy S7s and its predecessor before that.

Even Samsung’s more prototypical devices — said to be high-end terminals albeit skipping the “Galaxy S” nomenclature — will probably maintain the same resolution, but the move to 4K may still be right around the corner come the Galaxy S8, as per a research market firm.

“Samsung Display showcased a 5.5 ultra-high definition 4K display with a pixel density of 806 ppi for virtual reality devices at the Society for Information Display, a display trade show, in California in March,” said an official of UBI Research.

“Considering various factors including the production yield rate for the next-generation display expected to improve in the coming months, the 5.5-inch AMOLED will be deployed in the next Galaxy smartphone, presumably, named the S8.”

We’ve already seen Sony‘s attempt at a 4K-capable smartphone with its Xperia Z5 Premium, but the Japanese firm failed to make for a compelling case that justified the insane number of pixels crammed into the phone’s (relatively) tiny display.

However, Samsung’s push into virtual reality (think Gear VR) and the arrival of Google‘s own VR platform, Daydream (which is said to require high-end specifications) may validate the inclusion of a UHD panel into a smartphone.

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