Samsung Galaxy S8 Specs: New Battery Capacity Rumors Surface

Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820 Chip improved mobile VR experiences for devices like the Galaxy S7.
Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820 Chip improved mobile VR experiences for devices like the Galaxy S7. Fionna Agomuoh

A new report out of Korea suggests the two Galaxy S8 models may have battery capacities similar to older Samsung flagship devices. The rumored Galaxy S8 may host a 3,000mAh battery, while the Galaxy S8 Plus may feature a 3,500mAh cell, according to The Investor. These batteries are similar to the Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy Note 7 respectively.

Prior rumors suggested the Galaxy S8 devices would feature 3,250mAh and 3,750mAh battery capacities; however, no claims about the device have been confirmed at this time. The Galaxy S8 is also expected to feature the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chip, which includes mechanisms for power efficiency and management.

A primary worry about the Galaxy S8 models is whether they will have respectable battery life. Battery life on older Samsung devices has been debatable. The manufacturer has partly addressed these issues by adding wireless chargers and quick charging features. In particular, the Snapdragon 835 chip features the latest Quick Charge 4.0 technology, which can add up to five hours of battery life in a five-minute charge.

After several suggestions, recent reports indicate the Galaxy S8 may feature a 5.7-inch display while the Galaxy S8 Plus may feature a 6.2-inch screen. The handsets are not expected to be much larger than the Galaxy S7 Edge or the Galaxy Note 7, and will likely feature dual-edge curved displays, thin bezels and no home button. Nevertheless, Samsung’s large AMOLED displays are notorious battery hogs.

Reports also suggest Samsung may use cells from a new Japanese battery supplier instead of from Samsung SDI or Amperex Technology Limited. The later two suppliers provided batteries for the Galaxy Note 7, which both failed under different circumstances and led to the global recall and discontinuation of the device. Samsung shared the findings of its investigation into the Galaxy Note 7 in late January. The manufacturer also spoke about its plans for ensuring that future devices are safe and confirmed that a Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8 are in the pipeline for 2017.

Samsung is expected to unveil the Galaxy S8 and confirm its features in a March 29 event in New York City. The device is expected to hit stores April 21.

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