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Here’s why the Galaxy Note 8 sports a smaller battery than the Galaxy S8 Plus

by Josh Levenson | August 28, 2017August 28, 2017 6:30 am EST

It’s not surprising that Samsung wanted to tread with caution when it came to selecting a battery for the recently-announced Galaxy Note 8, but it could have at least used the same 3,500mAh cell as the Galaxy S8 Plus, instead of opting for a 3,300mAh one.

We can only imagine one scenario where the firm would think it’s a good idea to install a smaller battery: space-saving. Judging by the handset’s dimensions, it’s possible that Samsung ran out of space after installing both the dual-camera module and S Pen tray.

If that was the case, the company would have needed to decide between opting for a cell that’s smaller in (physical) size or redesigning the Galaxy Note 8; by either forcing the camera to protrude or making the entire body a little bit thicker.

Samsung’s mobile chief DJ Koh is adamant that’s not the case, though. In a statement issued to The Investor, he said that the firm chose a 3,300mAh battery purely because the unit’s state-of-the-art 10nm processor can enhance power efficiency by 30 percent.

But we’re calling hogwash. It’s easy to imagine Samsung would have wanted to install an even larger battery, so it could talk about how its latest device can last two-to-three days on a single charge.The only reason it didn’t is because it physically couldn’t.

We will, of course, need to wait for the impending onslaught of teardown videos to hit the internet before we’re able to confirm our theory; however, as we’re sure you’d agree, it certainly seems feasible. In the meantime, be sure to check out our First Look video.

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Josh Levenson is an avid technology enthusiast who writes news and the occasional how-to. He's also a self-proclaimed sneakerhead and has been an...