Brace yourselves. Brace yourselves for phones with massive screens. The full spec sheet for Samsung’s Galaxy S8+ — or Galaxy S8 Plus, or however you want to type it — is now out in the wild.
Thanks to who else but perennial gadget spec and photo leaker Evan Blass, we now have most of the specs of Samsung’s flagship phone for the first half of 2017. The Galaxy S line-up is always one of the most popular phones sold worldwide, so it’s widely anticipated.
This looks to me like the little list that appears on the back of the box of Samsung’s smartphones, so while it’s not the most detailed thing in the world, it’s got all the most important info on it.
Most important is that phenomenally large 6.2-inch Super AMOLED display. That’s 0.7 inches larger again than last year’s Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge and its 5.5-inch display, making it, well, huge. Also interesting is the fact that it’s marked as Quad HD+ — so a resolution higher than Samsung’s existing 2560x1440pixel AMOLED panels. Does that mean it’ll be a 3200x1800pixel display with a regular 16:9 widescreen ratio? Or will it use a novel 18:9 aspect ratio like the LG G6, and therefore the + refers to the extra length — maybe 2880x1440pixels?
As for everything else we can see on this list, it’s all carried over either from the S7 or the ill-fated Note7 — expect an updated version of the S7’s excellent 12-megapixel camera, the same IP68 dust- and waterproofing, support for Samsung Pay and wireless charging and Samsung’s Knox secure storage. 64GB of integrated storage is joined by microSD support.
Blass went on to say that the S8 will be the first phone to ship with Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 835 system-on-chip. The 835 is one of the first chips using the latest 10-nanometre production process and should be much more energy-efficient and powerful than its predecessors, as well as supporting Gigabit LTE download speeds. In Australia, though, it’s actually more likely that we’ll get a Samsung-built Exynos 8895 chip — another 10nm CPU with plenty of power.
The S8’s bundled headphones, too, are “tuned by AKG” according to the packaging. Samsung bought Harman, the parent company of audiophile headphone and microphone company AKG, late last year, so this is one of the first integrations between Samsung and its relatively new high-end audio subsidiary.
Samsung is expected to unveil the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus in late March, with the new phones likely going on sale in mid-April around the world. [Twitter]