We are looking to the fall for Samsungs next major announcement, that of the Galaxy Note 8. But before looking at Samsungs phablet, we are trying to figure out what the latest Samsung leak could be.
A Samsung device with the model number SM-G9600 has been spotted on GeekBench with some intriguing specifications. First off, the device ran Android 7.1.2, which has yet to make it to many devices outside of the Pixel and late-Nexus family of smartphones. Otherwise, the benched smartphone has 4GB of RAM, and runs a CPU: Qualcomm @ 1.77 GHz 4 cores.
Samsung SM-G9600 with Snapdragon 840 (!) and 4 GB RAM. Seems like an S8 "Lite" to me. https://t.co/yEcxR663Hnpic.twitter.com/6ZSPJ2p4pi Roland Quandt (@rquandt) July 13, 2017
Leaker Roland Quandt tweeted the results claiming it might be a Snapdragon 840. Which prompted many other outlets to report the same, but a quad-core CPU with 1.77GHz couldnt possibly be anything more than a Snapdragon 600 series chip. Given somewhat mid-range performance scores, we could be looking at a Mini or Lite version of the Galaxy S8.
What throws off that theory is the SM-G9600 model number. The Galaxy S8 uses the SM-G95XX number and the Galaxy S7 and Note7 preceding it used the SM-G93XX. SM-G94XX was skipped, likely for the same reason OnePlus skipped using the number 4: cultural superstition. This aside, the SM-G96XX numbering scheme would logically mean its a 2018 model. Perhaps its only a placeholder, as many early devices use to keep folks like us guessing.