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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.

Geekbench results reveal an interesting new Qualcomm chipset (Source: Geekbench)
Geekbench results reveal an interesting new Qualcomm chipset (Source: Geekbench)

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Vaidyanathan Subramaniam
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam - Managing Editor - 1353 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2012
Though a cell and molecular biologist by training, I have been drawn towards computers from a very young age ever since I got my first PC in 1998. My passion for technology grew quite exponentially with the times, and it has been an incredible experience from being a much solicited source for tech advice and troubleshooting among family and friends to joining Notebookcheck in 2017 as a professional tech journalist. Now, I am a Lead Editor at Notebookcheck covering news and reviews encompassing a wide gamut of the technology landscape for Indian and global audiences. When I am not hunting for the next big story or taking complex measurements for reviews, you can find me unwinding to a nice read, listening to some soulful music, or trying out a new game.
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Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, 2017-07-13 (Update: 2017-07-13)