It’s only been a few months since the arrival of the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge on the market — and, more recently, the rugged S7 Active sibling as well — but while the rumor mill is in full swing regarding the ever-closer Galaxy Note 7, reports keep coming regarding next year’s flagship too…

It may sound early, but when products with this much importance are being evaluated, components are chosen with a large degree of advance; and it looks like the Galaxy S8 will be no exception.

In particular, today’s (somewhat sketchy) report from WCCF Tech is confirming something we had already heard, with its “Chinese source” claiming that Samsung is considering a Ultra HD — more commonly known as 4K — display for 2017’s Galaxy S8.

Honestly, considering the major drawbacks that would be involved in what is already arguably the biggest pain point for most users (battery life, that is), there doesn’t seem to be much of a case to be made for a 4K display on a phone.

Well, except one, perhaps, and one that is becoming increasingly bigger in technology: virtual reality. While current QHD screens are definitely not too shabby, 4K resolution could result in much better VR experiences — especially considering that Google‘s new, VR-dedicated platform, Daydream, is definitely high-specs hungry.

And, between curved, rollable and even foldable devices in the works, we could indeed expect some sort of crazy battery-optimizing tech coming out of Samsung’s labs to balance it out.

Sure, that could be hard to have ready for next year’s top smartphone, but one thing that won’t, apparently, is a dual-camera setup, which seems to be the hottest trend in mobile photography at the moment (see LG, Huawei, and even Apple, possibly).

While an iris scanner is being reported heavily as a component of America’s most loved phone‘s sequel, we had heard about a potential dual camera setup for it, too; however, the idea may have been scrapped, or at least postponed so to make its first appearance in next year’s model.

Engineered, reportedly, by Samsung Motors (Semco), these modules would obviously need some sort of software tuning in order to take full advantage of the second lens (whose nature is everything but clear), which is likely the reason why it was scrapped for the forthcoming Note 7 — hopefully it will have a reason to exist on the S8, whose foundation, fortunately, is an already awesome camera.

What do you think about dual cameras and 4K-equipped smartphones? Are they part of the future or simple gimmicks OEM easily come up with so to justify their yearly output? Let us know in the comments below.

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