Xiaomi "Valentino" to be powered by phantom Snapdragon 638
Xiaomi devices appear to be crawling out of the woodwork. The company released the Mi 6X a few weeks ago, and is expected to launch the Redmi S2 later this week. Both devices are also expected to have their Android One variants, for lovers of stock Android. Apparently, that isn't all the company has planned for us, as a Geekbench listing has touted the existence of yet another Xiaomi offering.
The device is codenamed "Valentino", which isn't particularly out of place on the list of Xiaomi codenames. That's where the fun ends, though. The listing claims the device is powered by...a Snapdragon 638. That's the first time we've heard of this SoC. Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 636 is the latest mid-range chipset and serves as a cheaper, slightly less powerful alternative to the Snapdragon 660. Further fragmentation in the form of a Snapdragon 638 makes a whole lot of no-sense.
There were reports of a Snapdragon 640 a while back, but those look to have died off. Could we be getting a Snapdragon 638 instead? Unlikely, we would say. A few months ago we had multiple sightings of a Xiaomi device—also on Geekbench—with a "Snapdragon 632". That turned out to be vaporware, though, and this will likely have the same end.
Off you go, nothing to see here.