Samsung is doing everything to make sure that the launch and release of the Galaxy S8 and S8 are not affected in any capacity.
We’ve recently seen several variants of both Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ certified by the FCC. Model numbers such as SM-G950U, SM-G950F, SM-G950W, SM-G955U and SM-G955F have appeared, confirming that the phones will be sold in the U.S. as unlocked variant as well as in Canada.
Well, the same is now happening in China, with the country’s equivalent of the FCC – 3C – having certified Samsung Galaxy S8 for use in the region. Here, the phone carries model number SM-G9500 and the Galaxy S8+ will carry model number SM-G9550, although the latter is not mentioned in the listing.
Last year, Samsung Galaxy S7 had two variants in this market with model numbers SM-G9300 and SM-G9308, but the S7 Edge only came in with model number SM-G9350. Whether the story will be the same for this year’s Galaxy S8 and S8+ is still unknown, but we should know these details really soon.
Like the FCC, there’s little the 3C listing gives out other than the model numbers. Apparently, the only additional details we can gather from the listing are for the battery charger, which shows that Samsung Galaxy S8 will keep the same charging specs as the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. These include a 9.0V DC 1.67A or 5.0V DC 2.0A.
Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ will be unveiled on March 29 and the release is expected to follow at least a couple of weeks later. Whether China will be part of this initial release or not is still unknown, but looking at last year’s S7 and S7 Edge, we could see the phone in this market about the same time as other major markets across the globe, among them the U.S.
It is rumored that Samsung will go for a 5.8-inch QHD AMOLED screen on the S8 while the S8+ will feature a 6.2-inch QHD AMOLED screen. Both will have the same curved design as well as share the same specs under the hood – among them a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC, 4GB RAM, and 64GB storage, which will be expandable via a microSD card slot.