The photo above appears to correspond with the 6.2″ sized handset.
After that disaster from Galaxy Note 7’s battery-related woes, we can conclude that there might be a huge amount of interest regarding the cells used in Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S8 series. Recent rumors have pointed out that the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus will have 3,000mAh and 3,500mAh cells respectively, seemingly a small reduction in battery capacities compared to the S7 Edge. And now it appears there’s photographic evidence to back up these claims.
The image above was retrieved from Chinese social network Weibo by our source and it reveals some few important details.
- The part number, EB-BG955ABA, is corresponding with the expected model number of SM-G955 for the larger Galaxy S8.
- The battery is manufactured by Samsung SDI in Vietnam.
- The manufacturing date is marked as February 21, just over a week before the GS8 was reported to have entered mass production.
- Its capacity is clearly marked as 3,500mAh.
- There has been speculation that Samsung might be playing it safe with a smaller battery — both in terms of size and capacity — after the Note 7 fiasco, which would be understandable. On the face of it, a 3,500mAh cell seems a little on the small side for a 6.2-inch phone, but given the new taller 18.5:9 aspect ratio being used, the screen area of the S8 Plus should be more in line with a 5.7- or 5.8-incher.
- It’s also worth noting that the S8 is expected to use new CPUs built on a 10nm process, which should offer greater efficiency than previous designs. The S8’s new SuperAMOLED display is expected to offer power savings too, compared to earlier panels.
Ultimately, numbers can only tell us so much about capacity — we’ll need to wait until we have the Galaxy S8 on our hands (let’s see) sometime in April before we’ll know how its battery life measures up.