Galaxy S8 mini

The South Korean smartphone biggie Samsung, knows how to keep us all glued to our smartphone screens by creating buzz about something or the other. A few days back, it added a new Galaxy smartphone to it’s budget segment lineup- the Samsung Galaxy On Max, exclusively on Flipkart. And now, it has given us all a sneak peak into an about-to-be-launched device. Well, the news is not directly coming from Samsung but is another one of those rumors.

A new smartphone from Samsung, which is expected to be a ‘mini’ variant of it’s flagship Galaxy S8, by the name SM-G9600 recently paid homage to the famous benchmarking site GeekBench. Even though the S8 is just a few months old, it looks like Samsung is already planning for another variant of the device. The listing, which was uploaded yesterday, was spotted by a German blog- The device is found to be running on Android 7.1.2 out of the box and is powered by the yet-to-be-released Qualcomm Snapdragon 840 SoC clocked at 1.77 GHz; as is evident from the code ‘sdm840’ mentioned in the motherboard section.

Another thing to look for, is the model number of the device, SM-G9600, which seems to be a successor to the SM-G9500, or the recently launched Samsung Galaxy S8. If this happens, then S8 would be the first device to receive a mini version since S5. The thing that caught my attention was the fact, that it was powered by an unreleased SD840 processor. If the device is any real, then it could feature a more powerful processor than the current S8 which houses a SD835 in US variants, and Exynos8895 in other regions.

Well we all know that smartphones do appear in benchmarking sites, but not everyone makes it to the big league (I am talking about the market or the official launch here, by the way). And also Samsung is already lining up for the release of Galaxy Note 8 in the later half of this year, so might be possible that this is just another device that Samsung is merely testing in it’s labs. Or maybe we are in for some major treat towards the end of this year by Samsung!