Better gets bigger as Galaxy S8+ debuts with 6.2-inch display

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Overview
Processor

Qualcomm MSM8998Pro Snapdragon 835
Octa-core (4x2.35GHz+4x1.9GHz Kryo 280)
Adreno 540 GPU

Samsung Exynos Series 9 8895
Octa-core (4x2.3GHz+4x1.7GHz Custom)
Mali-G71 GPU

Screen Size

6.2 inches Super AMOLED
1440 x 2960 (~529 ppi)

Memory

4GB RAM

Storage

64GB (microSD-expandable by up to 256GB)

Battery

3,500mAh non-removable

Weight

173 grams

Materials

Aluminium and glass

Operating System

Android 7.0 Nougat

Last year, Samsung watchers were treated to two spring chickens: the Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy S7 edge. You can probably tell that while one had a flat screen, the other brought curves to its lateral edges. The S7 edge was also a tad larger, too.

It’s 2017 and we’re faced with another Unpacked event. We have two more spring chickens, but no flatness to talk about — just big curved screen and bigger curved screen. Bigger? That’s the Galaxy S8+.

Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus

As with its smaller sibling, the S8+ features an 18.5:9 aspect ratio Infinite Display though with a diagonal of 6.2 inches. The Super AMOLED screen, when unfurled, is wider than the body that houses it. It’s also capable of some wide color gamuts, too.

Galaxy S8 Plus Infinity Display

The phone can also span billboards with features like IP68 fine particle and water immersion protection, a headphone jack that the iPhone 7 doesn’t have, a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor (right next to the camera lens for some reason), iris scanner, facial recognition technology, a Magnetic Secure Transmission coil for Samsung Pay, a reversible USB Type-C port and Bluetooth 5.

Galaxy S8 battery

Colors for the Galaxy S8+ will range from various shades of gray to black and gold. We’ll learn more from retailers and carriers about what they will stock, how much the S8+ will cost and when customers can get theirs delivered. Samsung is promoting a general March 30 pre-order date.

Stay tuned for continuing video and editorial coverage from Pocketnow with a team on the ground in New York.

Galaxy S8 specs

Adrian Diaconescu contributed to this article.

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Jules Wang
Jules Wang is News Editor for Pocketnow and one of the hosts of the Pocketnow Weekly Podcast. He came onto the team in 2014 as an intern editing and producing videos and the podcast while he was studying journalism at Emerson College. He graduated the year after and entered into his current position at Pocketnow, full-time.