New Samsung Galaxy variant spotted on Geekbench, could feature the Snapdragon 840

Mirror mirror on the wall, who's the smallest Galaxy of them all? (Source: CNet)
Mirror mirror on the wall, who's the smallest Galaxy of them all? (Source: CNet)
A new Samsung Galaxy variant, purportedly the Galaxy S8 'lite', has hit the Geekbench benchmarks list and interestingly, the device seems to feature an unannounced Snapdragon 840 chipset.

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While fans and the press in the general eagerly await the arrival of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 phablet, a new Galaxy variant is doing the rounds in the famed halls of benchmarking site, Geekbench. The new device carries the moniker SM-G9600 and reports say that this could be a 'lite' version of the Galaxy S8 flagship. The interesting part of the benchmark is the revelation of a new Snapdragon chipset. The benchmark refers to the motherboard as sdm840, which in all likelihood could be the Snapdragon 840 SoC.

The Snapdragon 840 apparently does not seem to be a spec upgrade from the current SD 835 chipset as it seems to feature only 4 cores clocked at 1.77GHz (the SD 835 is an octa-core clocked at 2.45GHz). It can also be observed from the benchmark reference that the processor ID is listed as "ARM implementer 81 architecture 8 variant 1 part 517 revision 2", which is the same as last year's flagship Qualcomm SoC, the Snapdragon 820. This means that the new chipset could be a custom modification to the original Snapdragon 820.

Apart from the CPU, the benchmark result reveals that the new device features upto 4GB of RAM and runs on Android 7.1.2 Nougat. Other details are pretty scarce so watch this space as we unfold the story.


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Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, 2017-07-13 (Update: 2017-07-13)
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam
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I am a cell and molecular biologist and computers have been an integral part of my life ever since I laid my hands on my first PC which was based on an Intel Celeron 266 MHz processor, 16 MB RAM and a modest 2 GB hard disk. Since then, I’ve seen my passion for technology evolve with the times. From traditional floppy based storage and running DOS commands for every other task, to the connected cloud and shared social experiences we take for granted today, I consider myself fortunate to have witnessed a sea change in the technology landscape. I honestly feel that the best is yet to come, when things like AI and cloud computing mature further. When I am not out finding the next big cure for cancer, I read and write about a lot of technology related stuff or go about ripping and re-assembling PCs and laptops.