Update: Another Samsung device under SM-G96XX model series has been spotted on Geekbench. The listing reveals SDM845 SoC (which is rumored to be Snapdragon 845).
So, a model number series that should ideally be for a 2018 Galaxy S flagship, plus Snapdragon 845 SoC, plus reports that Samsung is eyeing SD845 for its next S series flagship. Are we looking at the Galaxy S9? Well, our guess is as good as yours.
Original story follows:
We are looking to the fall for Samsung’s next major announcement, that of the Galaxy Note 8. But before looking at Samsung’s 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”.
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 couldn’t 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 it’s a 2018 model. Perhaps it’s only a placeholder, as many early devices use to keep folks like us guessing.