Of late, there have been a slew of new devices from Samsung, which have either been rumored or leaked outright on the net, including the next generation flagship Galaxy S7, the Galaxy On range, and some upcoming devices in the Galaxy J range as well, one of which, the Galaxy J2, has now been launched in India on Friday. Now, a whole new smartphone has been leaked in all its glory on the GeekBench database. The device is believed to be commercially launched as the Galaxy A9, and is expected to be a higher mid-range smartphone from Samsung. If the Geekbench listing does hold up, the handset will come with slightly upgraded hardware compared to the Galaxy A8, which was released earlier this year by the South Korean company, with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 615 SoC under the hood and 2 GB of RAM.
Coming to the GeekBench listing, while it doesn’t give any hints about the possible final nomenclature of the upcoming device, a part of its name does seem to indicate that the upcoming handset will be powered by Qualcomm’s next generation mid-range chipset, the Snapdragon 620. The listed gadget comes with the identifier “Samsung msm8976fhdlte-eur-open”, as evident from the first image in the gallery below. The bit about the “msm8976” is what indicates the presence of the Snapdragon 620 chipset, which has already been leaked on GFXBench earlier, indicating fairly decent performance, at least according to the synthetic benchmarks. The listed Samsung device meanwhile, will run on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop out of the box and carry 3 GB of RAM, according to Geekbench, where it managed to eke out a score of 1325 in the single-core test and 4461 in the multi-core test, both of which are fairly remarkable for a mid-range chipset, and just goes to show how much mid-range hardware has improved (and is still improving as we speak) since the early days of the smartphone revolution.
As for the Snapdragon 620, the SoC was announced by Qualcomm back in February, and comes with an embedded 64-bit octa-core processor with four Cortex-A53 cores and four Cortex-A72 cores. The Adreno 510 GPU does the graphics processing duties and an X8 LTE modem is also integrated into the chipset as part of the package, with Cat.7 LTE capabilities. Cat.7 allows theoretical burst download speeds of up to 300 Mbps, which is the same as Cat.6 LTE, but where it does differ from the Cat.6 standard, is that it allows for 100 Mbps upload speeds as opposed to 50 Mbps.