News on the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus continue to come in as the launch date approaches.
The two versions of Samsung's upcoming flagship smartphone have been certified by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), according to a report by GSM Arena. The certification means that the electromagnetic interference from the two devices is well within the limits of the FCC.
The report also said that the FCC certification entry disclosed the model number of the device that will be used once they are marketed in the U.S. Moreover, images of the entry also confirmed that the Galaxy S8 were manufactured in Vietnam, with three variants having the following serial numbers: SM-G950U, SM-G950U1, and SM-G950W.
As for the S8 Plus version, it will also come in three variants, namely, the models with the serial numbers SM-G955U, SM-G955U1, and SM-G955W. In addition, both the S8 and S8 Plus will offer wireless charging support, according to the FCC entry.
Meanwhile, a report from the Korean Economic Daily earlier this week, via SamMobile, said that the upcoming devices will also feature facial recognition, according to an official from Samsung. The move to add the feature is to supplement the iris scanning mechanism, which was already confirmed much earlier. "Due to some limits of iris scanning such as speed and accuracy, we have decided to add facial recognition to the Galaxy S8. With a face scanner, it will take less than 0.01 seconds to unlock the phone," shared the official.
Other leaked rumors and images over the past two months also confirmed that the devices will feature a bezel-less screen without a physical Home button, a fingerprint scanner located at the back, and a new button right below the volume rocker, which was said to be for the Bixby AI feature. Moreover, colors for the upcoming devices were also leaked, with Violet joining Black and Silver as the three options.
The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus will be launched on March 29 in New York and London.