Samsung spotted testing Snapdragon 620-powered phone: possible Galaxy A9?

It’s been a long time since Qualcomm first announced its new 600-series SoCs, revealing the Snapdragon 618 and 620 all the way back in February. Since then, we’ve been looking forward to manufacturers beginning to incorporate these chips in their phones, particularly the higher-end Snapdragon 620. With an octa-core processor and Adreno 510 GPU, there’s a lot of promise here, but the first 620-powered handsets have yet to arrive. As we wait to see who might be first to market, our attention turns to a recently published benchmark report, identifying a in-development Samsung phone running just such a 620 chip.

The Geekbench data identifies the handset as the “msm8976fhdlte-eur-open,” and those few first characters there represent the model number of the Snapdragon 620 SoC. While we might know the 600-series more for its appearance in mid-rangers, this phone looks like it could get some pretty respectable hardware, including 3GB of RAM.

What about that Galaxy A9 identification? Well, this one’s a little loose, but the theory makes a fair amount of sense: Samsung’s already used chips like the Snapdragon 615 in the Galaxy A7 and Galaxy A8 (above), while also giving those phones 2GB of RAM. For a next-gen model, it might follow the Samsung would choose a slightly more modern SoC, while also bumping up memory to a contemporary level.

Source: Geekbench
Via: G for Games

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