Samsung’s Galaxy S8 is all set to come out of the veil soon, but before it debuts in its full glory, leaked information about the device is expected to come now and then. However, this time around some info has leaked about its alleged bigger screen variant – the Galaxy S8+. The unlocked version of the device has reportedly passed FCC certification along with three separate versions of the global G955F model.
Only the written information managed to leak out of FCC listing and not images. Samsung seems to be cautious about its other upcoming variants, especially after the leaked pictures of Galaxy S8 had shown up all over the internet. As per the FCC listing about the Galaxy S8+, the phone “incorporates a camera, Bluetooth, ANT+, Wi-Fi, GPS, NFC, MP3 /MP4 player, Wireless Charging, MST, OTG, and DP,”
Also, there is information about the leaked LTE bands. The alleged smartphone seems to be supporting around 24 LTE bands, which almost matches the level of Japanese variant of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus that supported around 25 LTE bands. The LTE bands that are mentioned in the leaked information are of global level, which also means that the listed SM-G955F model is international. To recap, the 2016 Galaxy flagships – the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge supported up to 20 LTE bands. Most likely, even the Galaxy S8 will support the same number of LTE bands as the Galaxy S8+.
Another chunk of information that rings the bell is that FCC listing features Exynos-powered variants only, not the Snapdragon. It could mean that maybe this time around Samsung is giving the global platform to its Exynos lineup of chipsets. However, the LTE bands mentioned in the listing are the ones supported by Snapdragon 835 chipset. Perhaps, Samsung is trying to reduce its reliance on Qualcomm to power its flagship phones. Many recent reports tipped that Samsung has tweaked its new Exynos 8895 model with enhanced LTE modem that supports 1Gbps downloads just like the Snapdragon 835 SoC.
After Qualcomm’s recent spat with Apple and the series of accusations that followed, there are chances for ace manufacturers like Samsung to look for in-house avenues. Samsung has not confirmed anything yet, which means that we should take every bit of the info mentioned above with a pinch of salt.