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Display

Size

5.7 inches
6.2 inches

Resolution

2560 x 1312 pixels,
504 PPI
3040 x 1440 pixels, 19:9 ratio,
543 PPI

Technology

IPS LCD
OLED

Screen-to-body

84.85 %
79.62 %

Features

Scratch-resistant glass (Corning Gorilla Glass 5), Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor
HDR video support, Scratch-resistant glass (Corning Gorilla Glass 5), Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor

Hardware

System chip

Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 MSM8998
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G SM7250-AB

Processor

Octa-core, 2450 MHz, Kryo 280, 64-bit, 10 nm
Octa-core, 2400 MHz, Kryo 475, 64-bit, 7 nm

GPU

Adreno 540
Adreno 620

RAM

4GB LPDDR4
6GB LPDDR4

Internal storage

128GB
128GB (UFS 2.1), not expandable

Device type

Smartphone
Smartphone

OS

Android (10, 9.0 Pie, 8.1 Oreo, 7.1 Nougat)
Android (11)

Battery

Capacity

3040 mAh
3800 mAh

Type

Li - Ion, Not user replaceable
Not user replaceable

Charging

USB Power Delivery
USB Power Delivery, Qi wireless charging

Camera

Rear

Dual camera
Dual camera

Main camera

13 MP (Laser and PDAF)
12.2 MP (OIS, PDAF)

Specifications

Aperture size: F1.9; Sensor size: 1/3.09"
Aperture size: F1.7; Focal length: 28 mm; Sensor size: 1/2.55"; Pixel size: 1.4 μm

Second camera

13 MP (Black and White, Laser and PDAF)
16 MP (Telephoto, OIS, PDAF)

Specifications

Aperture size: F1.9; Sensor size: 1/3.09"
Aperture size: F2.4; Focal Length: 45 mm; Pixel size: 1 μm

Video recording

3840x2160 (4K UHD) (30 fps), 1920x1080 (Full HD) (60 fps), 1280x720 (HD) (120 fps)
3840x2160 (4K UHD) (30 fps), 1920x1080 (Full HD) (120 fps), 1280x720 (HD) (240 fps)

Features

Video calling, Video sharing
OIS, Time-lapse video, EIS

Front

8 MP
8 MP (Dual-Camera, Time-of-Flight (ToF))

Design

Dimensions

5.57 x 2.80 x 0.31 inches (141.5 x 71.1 x 7.8 mm)
6.06 x 2.91 x 0.37 inches (153.9 x 74.0 x 9.5 mm)

Weight

6.53 oz (185.0 g)
the average is 6.3 oz (179 g)
6.81 oz (193.0 g)
the average is 6.3 oz (179 g)

Materials

Back: Ceramic; Frame: Titanium
Back: Plastic; Frame: Aluminum

Resistance

Splash, Dust; IP 54
Water, Dust; IP 68

Biometrics

Fingerprint (touch)
Fingerprint (touch)

Features

Notification light
 

Keys

Right: Volume control, Lock/Unlock key
Right: Volume control, Lock/Unlock key

Colors

Black, Gray, Blue, White
 

Cellular

5G

 
SA, NSA

LTE (FDD)

Bands 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(AWS-1), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 12(700 a), 13(700 c), 17(700 b), 20(800 DD), 21(1500 Upper), 25(1900+), 26(850+), 28(700 APT), 29(700 d), 30(2300 WCS)
 

LTE (TDD)

Bands 38(2600), 39(1900+), 40(2300), 41(2600+)
 

UMTS

850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz
850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz

Data Speed

LTE-A Pro Cat 16 (1000/150 Mbit/s)
LTE-A, HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s

Dual SIM

 
Yes

SIM type

Nano SIM
Nano SIM, eSIM

Multimedia

Headphones

No 3.5mm jack
3.5mm jack

Speakers

Earpiece, Loudspeaker
Earpiece, Multiple speakers

Features

aptX-HD
aptX-HD

Screen mirroring

Wireless screen share
Wireless screen share

Additional microphone(s)

for Noise cancellation
for Noise cancellation

Connectivity & Features

Bluetooth

5.0
5.0

Wi-Fi

802.11 a, b, g, n, ac, dual-band; MIMO, Wi-Fi Direct, Hotspot
802.11 a, b, g, n, ac, dual-band; MIMO, Wi-Fi Direct, Hotspot

USB

Type-C (reversible)
Type-C (reversible)

Features

Mass storage device, Video out, Charging, Headphones port
Charging

Location

GPS, A-GPS, Glonass
GPS, A-GPS, Glonass, Galileo, Cell ID, Wi-Fi positioning

Sensors

Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Compass, Barometer
Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Compass, Barometer

Other

NFC, VoIP, Tethering, Computer sync, OTA sync
NFC

Regulatory Approval

FCC approval

 
 

Date approved

Jun 26, 2017
 

FCC ID value: 2ALBB-A11 link
 

Measured SAR

 
 

Head

0.28 W/kg
 

Body

0.76 W/kg
 

Simultaneous Transmission

0.92 W/kg
 

Wireless Router

0.70 W/kg
 

Buyers information

Price

$ 700
 

Availability

Officially announced

May 30, 2017
 

Expected Announcement

 
Sep 30, 2020
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