Samsung is apparently looking to knock OnePlus off of the fast charging throne when the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus finally drop, courtesy of a new feature called Galaxy S Charge+ that can reportedly take the phone’s battery from flat dead to fully charged in a mere 20 minutes. This option utterly blows Dash Charge out of the water, with the former promising somewhere around 50 to 60% of a battery’s capacity charged from zero in around 30 minutes, and a full charge in no more than an hour’s time. Alongside Galaxy S Charge+, the promotional poster for the feature also says that the two upcoming flagship phones will debut a software feature known as SmartDischarge, made to automatically optimize battery discharging to promote longer shelf life and more battery life per charge. A mysterious feature called Galaxy super battery cell+ was also on the poster.
Given the upcoming flagship duo’s large, high-resolution screens, large batteries, and ultra-powerful processors, these claims seem sky-high, if not outright ridiculous. While such claims being proven false wouldn’t mark the first time that leaked marketing materials for a phone turned out to be wrong, there are few companies in the mobile manufacturing business that deserve the benefit of the doubt quite as much as Samsung, especially given what has been revealed of the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus thus far.
To recap, the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus will share a massively powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, a specially-made 12 megapixel back camera, and a slightly oddball 2,960 x 2,400 screen resolution, owing to the elongated screens. The Galaxy S8 will feature a 5.8 inch screen, while the Galaxy S8 Plus will pack in 6.2 inches of real estate. The Galaxy S8, at least, will feature 4 gigabytes of RAM in at least one configuration, according to AnTuTu benchmark results that hit the web yesterday. It is not know for sure just how RAM will be configured across the board; some rumors point to as much as 8 gigabytes in some variants. Tales of storage are also scattered, with rumors thus far pointing strongly to a 64 gigabyte variant, a 128 gigabyte variant, and a massive 256 gigabyte variant.