The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has certified a possible mid-range version of Samsung's Galaxy S8 smartphone, the rumored Galaxy S8 Lite. While the development effectively confirms the upcoming debut of the supposed Galaxy S8 Lite, it does not reveal much in terms of the handset's specs. Recent reports, however, indicate that the device will be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 chipset. The handset is also likely to include 4GB of RAM and 64GB of flash storage expandable by up to 256GB.
Additionally, the Galaxy S8 Lite will allegedly sport a 5.8-inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 2220 by 1080 pixels and an aspect ratio of 18.5:9. It is also expected that the handset will ship with Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box, i.e. Samsung's custom implementation of Google's mobile operating system. On the optics side of things, the Galaxy S8 Lite is rumored to feature a dual-camera setup entailing two 12-megapixel sensors. Its front-facing camera is also likely to be an 8-megapixel affair. Rumor has it that the device will pack a 3,000mAh battery with support for Samsung's Fast Adaptive Charging solution.
The Galaxy S8 Lite is understood to be part of Samsung's new push to create revamped variants of its high-end smartphones that cater to budget-conscious consumers. Another rumored upcoming Galaxy phone designed with the same philosophy in mind is said to be advertised as the Galaxy S8 Star and previously passed through the certification process of Chinese telecommunications regulator TENAA. The handset's listing on the regulator's website reveals that its rear panel will contain a fingerprint sensor and dual-camera system equipped with one 24-megapixel sensor and another 16-megapixel module, as well as a 24-megapixel front camera. The handset will also sport a 6.3-inch OLED display and include 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage expandable by up to 256GB via a microSD card slot, as per the same certificate.