Smartphone manufacturers are choosing slimmer designs over bigger batteries more and more these days, but Samsung won’t be following that trend with the Galaxy S8. According to new reports, the company’s next flagship will have a bigger battery than the Galaxy S7.
South Korea’s ITCLE reports that Samsung has ordered 3,250mAh batteries for the standard Galaxy S8, and 3,750mAh batteries for the larger Galaxy S8 Plus. In comparison, last year’s Galaxy S7 featured a 3,000mAh battery, while the Galaxy S7 edge clocked in at 3,600mAh.
That’s certainly a nice increase, then — and when coupled with more efficient 10nm processors (like the new Snapdragon 835 from Qualcomm) and better software, it should lead to substantial improvements in battery life.
However, the Galaxy S8 series is expected to come with bigger displays. Samsung has reportedly overhauled its designs for its next-generation devices to deliver edge-to-edge “infinity” screens that offer more real estate without increasing the footprint of the handset itself.
Recent rumors have claimed the Galaxy S8 will have a 5.8-inch screen (up from 5.1 inches in the Galaxy S7), while the Galaxy S8 Plus could have a 6.2-inch screen (up from 5.5 inches in the S7 edge). This will obviously increase power consumption, but not too much.
The Galaxy S8 is expected to get its official unveiling in April. In addition to larger screens and batteries, you can look forward to improved cameras; Samsung’s all-new AI assistant, Bixby; and a possible S Pen add-on to appease Galaxy Note fans.