We have to wait until March 29 for Samsung to officially unveil the Galaxy S8, but today an FCC filing appears to have revealed some interesting info about the upcoming flagship.
Today the FCC publishing its testing info for a Samsung device with the model number SM-G950U, which is thought to be the unlocked Galaxy S8. That’s because the model number fits with previous Samsung Galaxy S flagships. For example, the unlocked Galaxy S7 is SM-G930U. Also found is an entry for the SM-G955U, likely the unlocked Galaxy S8+ model.
What’s notable is the array of wireless bands that these phones support. They include LTE bands 2, 4, 5, 12, 13, 17, 25, 26, 30, 41, and 66. When it comes to T-Mobile, we’re focused on the LTE bands 2, 4, 12, and 66, the last of which is a newer band that T-Mo will be using for LTE coverage.
The LG V20 launched back in October as the first device on T-Mobile to support LTE band 66. This FCC listing suggests that the Samsung Galaxy S8 will offer LTE band 66, too.
It makes sense that the Galaxy S8 would support LTE band 66 on T-Mo. As I mentioned before, the LG V20 already came to market with the feature, and the Galaxy S8 will likely be packed with features since it’s Samsung’s flagship. Plus, we’ve seen Samsung and T-Mo collaborate to offer new networking features in the past, like when the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge were the first two phones to support 256 QAM and 4×4 MIMO on T-Mobile. When the Galaxy S8 arrives on T-Mo, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see similar network features included.