Ahead of the Samsung Unpacked event on the 29th of this month, the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ smartphones have today been certified by the US FCC. As usual with FCC listings, they don’t tell us much about the specifications of the two devices, but does confirm the model numbers of the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ variants to be sold in the United States.
According to the documents uploaded by the FCC, the Samsung Galaxy S8 will be offered in three variants in the US – SM-G950U, SM-G950U1 and SM-G950W. The Samsung Galaxy S8+ on the other hand will also be available in three variants – SM-G955U, SM-G955U1 and SM-G955W. All the variants, according to the FCC, do support wireless charging. This isn’t “new” info of course, as previous leaks had confirmed that the upcoming Samsung flagship duo will indeed wireless charging, similar to their predecessors.
The Samsung Galaxy S8 will feature a 5.8-inch QHD+ Super AMOLED dual-curved display with a bezel-less design. Galaxy S8+ on the other hand will feature a larger 6.2-inch QHD+ Super AMOLED dual-curved display with the same bezel-less design. Samsung has moved the fingerprint scanner to the back of the two handsets, in order to minimize the bottom bezel on the front. Samsung has gotten rid of the physical home button on the front, which is where the fingerprint sensor was embedded inside in previous Galaxy flagship smartphones.
In terms of specs, the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ will be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 octa-core SoC in the US while in international markets the duo will be powered by the Exynos 9 series 8895 SoC. Rest of the specs include 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM, 64GB of expandable UFS 2.0 internal storage, 12MP Dual Pixel rear camera, 8MP selfie camera with autofocus, AKG tuned audio, wireless charging, iris scanner, USB Type-C port, and a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner. In terms of software, the duo will be running on Android Nougat operating system out of the box, with the latest iteration of Samsung’s custom Android skin on top.