Here Are More Details Why Galaxy S8 Could Come Touting a 4K Display


Just yesterday, the latest pop from the rumor mill suggests that Exynos 8895, the SoC powering the upcoming Galaxy S8 was going to be running an ARM GPU, as it has on a Galaxy S7. However, more details on why the next flagship could feature a 4K have been detailed here.

Galaxy S8’s Rumored ARM GPU, the Mali-G71 Provides Support for Many Things, Including 4K Displays, and Rendering UHD Content

Samsung has always used ARM’s Mali family inside its high-end devices powered by the company’s custom-developed Exynos chipsets, and it looks like with the announcement of Galaxy S8, this is going to remain constant, only this time, ARM is going to shift its progress into the 5th gear with its Mali-G71 GPU. For the longest time, I’ve been hearing that Galaxy S8 will pack a 4K display, and while I’ll be strongly against this approach, I feel that in order to save battery life, Samsung is going to follow the same example as Sony’s Xperia Z5 Premium, which featured an adaptive 4K display.

Only when needed, users would be able to view 4K content such as videos in order to conserve battery life. With the ARM Mali-G71, it will not just be about viewing 4K content, but rendering it as well. As you’ve heard about Google’s Daydream project, which allows users to view VR content, it also requires the handset to pack significant GPU horsepower, which is something that Galaxy S8’s Mali-G71 should be able to tackle. According to the features laid out, the G71 will provide support for 120Hz refresh rates, 4x multi-sample anti-aliasing as well as render 4K content.

With Android Nougat providing support for the Vulkan API, Mali-G71 will also be providing support for it, and since the latest GPU is as Bifrost GPU, it will effectively double the shader performance as opposed to the T-880 GPU. It also the most efficient ARM architecture to date, and offers 1.5x the performance over the previous generation. ARM has clearly foreseen that VR and AR is going to be implemented in mobile devices soon and it’s probably a good thing that the Galaxy S8 has been reported to sport ARM’s Mali-G71 before Samsung shifts to NVIDIA’s or AMD’s GPU tech in the future.

Support for Vulkan API will lower CPU overhead, equaling better performance while consuming less battery, so in all honesty, a 4K display might not be the craziest of decisions taken by Samsung, as long as it remains adaptive.