Samsung Galaxy S8 battery and screen sizes ‘confirmed’

A Samsung official has spilled the beans

If you were hoping for a massive screen on the Samsung Galaxy S8 you could be in luck, but if you wanted a huge battery to go alongside it you might not be, according to the latest reports out of South Korea.

Speaking to Korean news outlet News1, an unnamed senior Samsung official reportedly revealed that there would be two screen sizes launched – a 5.8-inch standard Galaxy S8, and a 6.2-inch model, which is rumored to be launching as the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus.

They added that the 5.8-inch handset would have a 3,000mAh battery, while the 6.2-inch model will get a 3,500mAh one.

While those aren’t exactly small sizes, they’re not massive given the screens they’re powering. In fact, the 5.1-inch Samsung Galaxy S7 had a 3,000mAh juice pack of its own, while the ill-fated Samsung Galaxy Note 7 had a 3,500mAh one, despite only having a 5.7-inch screen.

A familiar flaw

That’s worry, as battery life is traditionally one of the weak points in smartphones, and this suggests that won’t be changing here, though fast charging is sure to be supported, and the chipsets used will probably be more power efficient than those in 2016’s handsets, which should help.

It should also make the phones less explosive than Samsung's last flagship, as while the size of the battery wasn't the Note 7's problem, this source claims that higher energy density batteries will cause more damage when problems are present, and an awareness of that apparently affected the S8's battery sizing.

Of course, that all assumes this news is even right. Granted, those screen and battery sizes have been rumored before, but despite apparently now coming from a Samsung employee, this can’t be taken as an official confirmation, as they remained unnamed, and were presumably leaking the information rather than providing it with Samsung’s blessing.

So we’ll probably still have to wait until the Galaxy S8 is unveiled – possibly on March 29 – to know for sure. Oh, and if you’re worried about such a large screen, don’t be – all the relevant leaks and rumors we’ve seen point to the bezels being significantly shrunk, so the overall footprint of the phone might not be too huge.

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