​Galaxy S8 will have 4K UHD screen: OLED consultancy

The resolution of Samsung's Galaxy S series has increased tenfold since first launching in 2010, indicating that the next model launched in 2017 will sport a 4K UHD resolution screen, according to a South Korean OLED research consultancy.
Written by Cho Mu-Hyun, Contributing Writer


Samsung's next Galaxy S phone launching next year will most likely sport a 4K UHD resolution screen, according to local OLED researcher UbiResearch, in a report which analysed the screen evolution of the South Korean tech giant's flagship smartphone series.

Titled Analysis Report of the Characteristic of AMOLED of the Galaxy S Series, the report says that since its the first Galaxy S, released in March 2010, to the most latest Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge launched this year, display size has increased an average 1.5 times and the resolution nearly 10 times.

The AMOLED display panel has increased from 4 inches to an average 5.5 inches, a increase of 30 percent.

The Galaxy S sported a 480x800 WVGA screen, but the most recent Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge don 1440x2560 QHD screens, in terms of resolution -- a 9.6-fold increase.

With the S3 the company went HD, and for the S4 and S5, FHD. For the S6 and S7 series, this increased to QHD, so another upgrade will likely commence for the next models, the researcher said, as Samsung is upping quality every two years.

Ubi also said that in consideration of the developments, the Galaxy S8 will have a screen size around somewhere between 5.5 and 5.9 inches with a UHD 4K(800ppi) resolution.

Samsung has previously launched a 6-inch smartphone but the last model was in 2015 and now 71 percent of all its models have a screen size in the 5-inches range. This makes a 6-inch Galaxy S unlikely, Ubi said.

"Samsung Display showed off a UHD 4K, 806 ppi 5.5-inch AMOLED at SID 2016 in San Francisco," said a Ubi spokesman. "Its luminance was similar to that on the S7. Considering the production yield rate, this display will likely go on the S8."

Samsung has been using AMOLED for its premium phones since the beginning. It will reportedly launch ones with bendable displays next year.



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