FCC documents suggest Samsung Galaxy S8 will support Freedom Mobile’s Band 66

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  • DarthHaro

    I’m thinking all Snapdragon 835 phones will be capable.

  • Andrew English

    Let’s hope it also supports Freedom’s HSPA+ network too. 🙂

    • dirtyKIMCHI

      Band 4 HSPA/UMTS is fairly common now for North American marketed devices; it’s their international variants that don’t always have support.

  • Bruno Walter

    Freedom Mobile users are probably more interested in the fact that the Moto G5 and G5+ will supposedly support band 66 LTE. Galaxy S8 and S8+ pricing will be far too rich for my blood.

    • specialk2000

      I sure hope so, I can’t imagine them wanting to carry any device that doesn’t.

    • dirtyKIMCHI

      There are already more on their way.

      If this is the SD835 variant of the S8 series, it is safe to say that the XZ Premium will also have Band 66 LTE as well as Sony listed their LTE bands as TBD in its whitepaper.

      Also, previously posted this in the XA1 & XA1 Ultra announcement/unveiling, after Sony released their whitepapers for all their recent devices:

      There are variants of the XA1 (G3123) & XA1 Ultra (G3223) with Band 66 LTE, so expect them to launch on Freedom later this quarter/year.

      Source:
      XA1 => https://dl.developer.sonymobile .com/documentation/whitepapers/Xperia_XA1_WP_1.pdf
      XA1 Ultra => https://dl.developer.sonymobile .com/documentation/whitepapers/Xperia_XA1_Ultra_WP_1.pdf

    • Bruno Walter

      Sorry, I guess it’s just the G5+ that is listed as Band 66 compatible on the Motorola website:

      Moto G Plus – XT1687
      CDMA (850, 850+,1900 MHz)
      GSM/GPRS/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
      UMTS/HSPA+ (850, 900, 1700, 1900, 2100 MHz)
      4G LTE (B1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 25, 26, 38, 41, 66)

      Band coverage varies by model, country, and carrier.

    • dirtyKIMCHI

      Well, hopefully the XT1687 variant is coming to Freedom Mobile.

    • somebody else

      If it supports the band, but won’t be arriving, purchasing it direct from manufacturer is best.

  • Bobboganush

    Does anyone know if the Exynos version (the one most likely to come to Canada) will have the same frequencies as the Snapdragon version?

    • It should, I compared both the Exynos S7 & Snapdragon S7 on GSMarena and they both have the same frequencies (for the most part)

      S7 (Exynos)
      2G bands GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – SIM 1 & SIM 2 – G930FD
      3G bands HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700(AWS) / 1900 / 2100 – G930F, G930FD, G930W8
      4G bands LTE band 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 12(700), 13(700), 17(700), 18(800), 19(800), 20(800), 25(1900), 26(850), 28(700), 38(2600), 39(1900), 40(2300), 41(2500) – G930F, G930FD
      LTE band 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 12(700), 13(700), 17(700), 18(800), 19(800), 20(800), 25(1900), 29(700), 30(2300), 38(2600), 39(1900), 40(2300), 41(2500) – G930W8

      S7 (Snapdragon)
      2G bands GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
      CDMA 800 / 1900 – G930V, G930R
      3G bands HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 – G930A, G930V
      CDMA2000 1xEV-DO – G930V, G930R
      HSDPA 850 / 1700(AWS) / 1900 / 2100 – G930T
      4G bands LTE band 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 12(700), 20(800), 29(700), 30(2300), 38(2600), 39(1900), 40(2300), 41(2500) – G930A
      LTE band 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 7(2600), 13(700), 20(800), 38(2600), 39(1900), 40(2300) – G930V
      LTE band 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 7(2600), 12(700), 13(700), 20(800) – G930T
      LTE band 2(1900), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 12(700), 13(700), 17(700), 25(1900) – G930R

    • somebody else

      Doesn’t say band 66 anywhere.

    • jeneral

      I’m skeptical that the Exynos version will be released in Canada. For the Note 7, Samsung gave Canadians the SD version. Except for the S7 (and the S6 when no SD version was released), Canada has typically gotten the SD variant.

    • Bobboganush

      And S7 edge, and S5 Neo, and Note 5… actually most of the recent Samsung flagships were Exynos here. Unless the Note 7 was the beginning of Canada no longer getting that chipset, it would be a safe bet that we’ll be getting the 8895 versions of the S8 series.

    • jeneral

      I was referring to recent flagships (S3, S4, S5, Note3, Note 4, etc…). The Note 5, like the S6, only had an Exynos version. The S7 Edge was implied when I said S7. I don’t really consider the Neo or A line flagships.

  • Victor Creed

    What’s more critical to Freedom Mobile is the next iPhone supporting band 66 so Freedom can launch the iPhone

    • somebody else

      It all falls on apple.

  • Miles Harbord

    Yeah, I only care if the next Pixel has this, I really can’t deal with no LTE on a $1K phone, and I’m only interested in the Pixel.

  • Bobboganush

    And now the A5 is coming, according to their website. I’m hoping that it’s an “along with” rather than “instead of” scenario. But if not, then I hope they get the rest of the A series.

  • somebody else

    niiiice.