Well, well, well, what do you hear, what do you say? There have been rumors about eventual Galaxy S8 and S8+ versions with 6 GB RAM
, and, lo and behold, these might turn out true in the end, as such units just passed certification by TENAA, which is the Chinese equivalent of the FCC, listing both 4GB/64 GB and 6GB/128GB models. Samsung was planning to do it with the Galaxy Note 7 in China
, so why not fast forward a few months, and do it with the Galaxy S8
With the Note 7, it was speculated that Samsung didn't want local brands like Vivo, which already have phones with 6 GB RAM on the market
, to undermine the launch of its high-end phablet, and the argumentation for an eventual S8 with 6 GB RAM may be the same. In fact, it is speculated that Samsung's upcoming flagship models will have versions with 6 GB RAM and 128 GB storage both in China, and in South Korea. Samsung already has the C9 Pro with 6 GB RAM
on sale in China, so that won't be without a precedent.
That's not the only nugget of info we can grab from the TENAA listing, though - the full specs suite of the S8 and S8+ just got confirmed, down to the phones' dimensions, screen size and resolution, as well as the battery capacity. The only thing we can't vouch for is the processor model for China, as it is just listed as having a 2.45 GHz core frequency. Given that it has to support the Chinese TD-SCDMA standard, however, we'd wager to guess that the chipset in question will be Snapdragon 835
While we already saw the screen diagonal and resolution leak out
, it's nice to see them confirmed as being a 5.8" and 6.2" panels, respectively, with the unorthodox 2960 x 1440 resolution, which returns exactly the rumored 18.5:9 aspect ratio. Speaking of taller, but less wide screens, that is indeed the case here, as the Galaxy S8 is listed with 148.9 x 68.1 x 8.0 (mm) dimensions and 152g weight, while the S8+ is taller and wider at 159.5 x 73.4 x 8.1 (mm), and apparently weighs 173g. The S8+, in particular, fits a 6.2" display in about the Note 7
footprint, only slightly taller, which is a pretty impressive feat, no matter how you slice it.
Moving on, we have the cameras confirmed as a 12 MP main shooter and an 8 MP selfie snapper
, as well as the battery capacities, which, at 3000 mAh and 3500 mAh, respectively, coincides with those spy shots of alleged Galaxy S8 and S8+ batteries
that we saw not long ago. By now, the only thing left is that Samsung actually gets on stage, and fills in all the little details that would make its 2017 flagships an even better proposition than they are on paper. We'll be there, and relay all the excitement directly, so stay tuned for more in a few hours.
Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ specs and size leak, courtesy of TENAA