Late last year, rumors coming from an analyst in South Korea indicated that this year’s Samsung Galaxy S8 would be much bigger than previous entries in the line, getting 5.7″ and 6.2″ models. That rumor seems to be all but confirmed today, with noted leakmaster Evan Blass tweeting out what appears to be the spec sheet for the 6.2″ Galaxy S8+.
Samsung Galaxy S8+ spec sheet. Impress your friends, confound your enemies…with knowledge. pic.twitter.com/lHrHge8BUa
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) February 22, 2017
Blass has made his name on accurately leaking information about upcoming phones, so while the size increase is still unconfirmed, it’s highly likely. That 6.2″ display would be a quad HD+ Super AMOLED, indicating that it would be 3200 x 1800 resolution — a good match for the Gear VR headset. The possible spec sheet also includes a 12 MP Dual Pixel camera (sounds low, but Samsung’s cameras are usually the best in the Android world), an 8 MP front camera, 64 GB of storage and a microSD card, and 4 GB of RAM.
On paper, it seems the Galaxy S8+ will fill the void left by the cancellation of the ill-fated Galaxy Note 7. Like that phone, the S8+ will be rated IP68, making it waterproof and dust-proof, while having an iris scanner for unlocking your phone. As usual for Samsung, the phone would also include NFC and MST for use with Samsung Pay and wireless charging (presumably Qi, and possibly both Qi and PMA). Missing would be the S Pen and all the features that come along with it, an indication that Samsung has not yet abandoned the Note line.
It’s not listed on the leaked spec sheet, but the S8 and S8+ will almost definitely be the first phones to run on the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC. That chipset will push what’s possible with the camera and the display, and should give the phone an extra boost of power to make 3D and VR applications run more smoothly.
We’ll be hearing about a lot of new phones this weekend at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, but the Galaxy S8 won’t be one of them. That launch has been delayed to March or April, possibly because of new battery testing procedures put in place as a result of the Note 7 debacle.