Samsung probably made the right call when delaying or altogether canceling the oft-rumored GS7 Plus and S7 Edge+ variants, but the brand dilution curse seems to be sticking to the world’s heavyweight smartphone champ like tar.
Already, there’s reason for discord between owners of Snapdragon 820 and Exynos 8890-powered Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge models, as the latter SoC apparently incorporates an inferior GPU. Meanwhile, plans for an S7 Active are clearly advancing, though standard S7s look fairly robust and withstand water interaction.
And then you have a couple more configurations built on MediaTek processing roots. Wait, what? It’s true, or at least it appears to be, based on Geekbench records. The question is why? Also, when? And even more importantly, where?
Well, judging from the SM-G930W8, the location equation has a simple yet odd answer – Canada. Normally, we’d expect to see MT-packing devices launched in China and other Asian markets, but these are quite the unusual circumstances.
In fact, they’d be Samsung’s very first Galaxy S-series flagships with MediaTek SoCs. Specifically, deca-core Helio X20 and X25 chips, aka MT6797 and MT6797T, doubled by 3 and 4GB RAM respectively.
We wouldn’t rule out the 3GB memory/Helio X20 version carrying a different commercial name, like Galaxy S7 Neo or something, although we probably shouldn’t jump to conclusions just yet. Perhaps this is simply Samsung testing the waters for scenarios never meant to materialize or a large-scale, elaborated hoax. We’ll keep you posted as we find out more.