Alleged Samsung Galaxy J8 (2018) Benchmarked With Android 8.0

A Samsung-made device bearing the model number SM-J720F was spotted in the databases of benchmarking tools GFXBench and Geekbench earlier this month, having been tested as running Android 8.0 Oreo. While one of the two listings suggests the handset in question is a variant of the Galaxy J7 (2017), the majority of its specs don't match and releasing a smartphone whose official monikers mentions "2017" in 2018 wouldn't be in line with Samsung's established product practices. Both the Galaxy J7 (2017) and the newly benchmarked device that may be marketed as the Galaxy J8 (2018) have 5.5-inch screens but the latter comes with a resolution downgrade, with its display being of the HD (1,280 x 720) instead of FHD (1,920 x 1,080) variety.

The SM-J720F also sports 32GB of internal flash memory, twice as much as the Galaxy J7 (2017), and offers 4GB of RAM instead of 3GB. The handset was identified as being powered by the Exynos 7885 Octa chip from Samsung, the same silicon found inside the recently announced Galaxy A8 (2018) and Galaxy A8 Plus (2018) mid-rangers. The original Galaxy J7 (2017) featured the somewhat weaker Exynos 7870 Octa SoC. GFXBench identifies the rear camera of the SM-J720F as a 12-megapixel affair but is rarely accurate in this regard and the sensor found on the back of the smartphone is likely of the 13-megapixel variety, much like the one found on the previous Android mid-ranger was. Likewise, the 7-megapixel front camera mentioned by the benchmark is in reality almost certainly backed by an 8-megapixel sensor. The listed variant of the device is of the international variety, as suggested by the "F" in its model number. Such versions of Galaxy-branded handsets usually only support a single SIM card and GFXBench confirms as much, albeit it doesn't specify whether the device has a microSD card slot. The Galaxy J7 (2017) had a microSD card tray which supported up to 256GB of additional storage.

The Android 8.0 Oreo build running on the SM-J720F is likely enhanced by the company's own Samsung Experience software suite and the fact that the smartphone runs it out of the box should guarantee Project Treble support, i.e. make the handset more likely to receive updates in a timely manner. The South Korean tech giant is expected to announce its next handset lineup at MWC 2018 late next month, though its Barcelona, Spain-based conference should be largely focused on the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus which were already confirmed to be launching at the trade show.

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