According to at least one Weibo tech analyst, Samsung may end up following Apple’s (and, to a lesser extent with the Pixel, Google’s) strategy on splitting amenities between two sizes of the device.
Bing Yuzhou has posted that the 5.1-inch device will likely have a 2K display while the 5.5-inch display will be the one rated at 4K resolution. Both may feature Slim AMOLED technology — what this could mean for power efficiency, brightness or anything for a performance or physical metric at this point is uncertain.
Another difference is that the smaller phone will stick with a single camera unit at the back while the “Plus” version will have dual rear cameras, as has the iPhone 7 Plus. It’s not clear what purpose a second sensor will serve at this point, but we’ll probably get further dispatches from leakland soon enough.
More commonalities between the two include an improved 10nm fabrication for both the Snapdragon 830 that Samsung as well as the Exynos 8895 chipsets. Speeds for the CPUs and GPUs have vastly been improved and so have they been for the memory bays with LPDDR4X RAM and UFS 2.1 for longer-term storage. S Voice will also get tossed out for a voice assistant service powered by Samsung’s recently-acquired Viv.
The Galaxy S8 is strongly believed to be set for an introduction at MWC next year.