The Galaxy S8 isn’t expected to arrive anytime soon, but the rumors are already starting to pile up. A new report claims the device will feature a 5.5-inch 4K display. Samsung recently revealed the a VR-ready panel at Display Week in California that would fit the bill.
“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,” an official from Korean market analysis firm UBI Research told The Korea Herald.
Samsung’s new panel packs in an impressive 3840 x 2160 pixels. It’s also designed specifically for virtual reality use. That could make it a great match for the Gear VR headset, giving the company an opportunity to compete directly with high-end alternatives like the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive.
The report also notes that Samsung’s typically upgraded the displays in its flagship phones on a two-year cycle. The Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S7 both offered Quad HD panels, and before that the Galaxy S4 and S5 featured 1080p displays. A similar spec jump seems likely for the Galaxy S8.
There’s still no guarantee the 4K display pictured above will make it into the Galaxy S8. Just because Samsung is capable of creating one panel doesn’t mean it can mass produce them for a flagship phone, but if the company can pull it off, the Galaxy S8 could easily become the phone to beat when it launches in early 2017.