A new Samsung device has now been spotted on Geekbench with the model number Samsung SM-G9600. The benchmarking site has also revealed two important facts: one, that the device may be powered by the yet-to-be-announced Qualcomm Snapdragon 840 SoC, as the motherboard says ‘sdm840.’ Two, the device may well be the Samsung Galaxy S8 Mini or ‘Lite’, a device we had reported on earlier.
The benchmarking site also shows off some of the features of the new device. For example, the new processor is a quad-core one which is clocked at 1.77GHz. The device will have a decent 4GB of RAM and has been spotted with Android 7.1.2 running out-of-the-box. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 840 may possibly be a more powerful version of the Snapdragon 835 which powers the existing Samsung Galaxy S8 range. However, it might also be a modified version of the Snapdragon 820 SoC, albeit with an improved GPU and modem.
The Geekbench listing also states that the new Samsung SM-G9600 has scored 1,782 points in the single-core test while fetching 4,212 points in the multi-core test. While these figures are very impressive, the Snapdragon 835 SoC is more powerful.
One reason why the device may also be the Samsung Galaxy S8 Mini is also due to the fact that the device runs on a different processor when compared to the existing S8 range. The Samsung Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8 Plus are the two flagship offerings from the Korean giant this year.
One more factor must also be kept in mind, however. Most global smartphone giants regularly take their offerings to the various benchmarking sites and there is no guarantee that the Samsung SM-G9600, or the Samsung Galaxy S8 Mini or the Galaxy S8 Lite, will ever release. If it does release, however, we do not expect a launch date very soon, as the next offering, the Galaxy Note 8, is set for release in late August. While there is no word on the design, it will essentially be a smaller version of the Galaxy S8 flagships.