Samsung is going to leave its mark next year when it launches five new smart phones which include the Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8 edge, Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy Note 8 EDGE and the first of its kind Galaxy X which will have a folding flexible OLED screen known as Project Valley. Now we have also have the codename for the next Samsung Galaxy S series phone via mydrivers and that is Project Dream.
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It didn’t take developers at Samsung to think too hard about the codename as it clearly takes inspiration from Googles VR platform known as Google Daydream. The codename for the new Samsung Galaxy S8 is a courtesy of various reports stemming from China. The new Galaxy S8 will have a 5.5 inch 4K display which has been especially designed for the VR experience and will be compatible with Google’s headset and Samsung’s own Gear VR headset.
The first time Samsung revealed this display was at a display conference which seems a pretty perfect place to introduce the new VR specific display. The display will support a 3840x2160 pixel resolution. The new screen supports sharper pixels then those of the Galaxy S7 QHD 5 which makes it hard for anybody to complain about pixilation but maybe staring at a screen which is right in your face demands something sharper given the relative newness of VR.
Not a lot has been revealed about the features that the Galaxy S8 will boast, but the phone is expected to ship with Android 7.0 Nougat along with a sustained Performance Mode for VR. Along with this the phone is speculated to have a dual camera sensor keeping the phone in competition with Huawei, LG and the upcoming iPhone 7 Plus.
Another thing that has our curiosities piqued is whether the bigger display will call for a bigger chassis or will Samsung somehow keep the size of the phone the same and incorporate the screen using edge to edge display that has no bezels and makes full use of Samsung’s new flexible OLED technology.
The Galaxy X flexible is expected to make its appearance at the MWC in the start of 2017 sometime around February or March. Both the S series phones are expected to launch around the same timeframe giving Samsung the chance to dominate 2017 right from the start. Android phones and iPhone sales have both experienced a decline in sales recently probably because people don’t want to switch to a new model too quickly and therefore this should be concern for Samsung.
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But the launch of Galaxy X should spike sales for Samsung as it is unlike anything in the existing smartphone market and therefore unique enough to garner attention from customer. Simultaneously the launch of the Galaxy X should mark Samsung’s place as an innovator in the smartphone market as at least for a year nobody will be able to offer something even similar.