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Galaxy S7 tests held in secret as Samsung picks processor

by Jacob Kleinman | July 17, 2015July 17, 2015 9:20 am PDT

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The Galaxy S7 likely won’t launch until early next year, but Samsung is apparently already testing the device in secret. A new report out of Korea claims the company is experimenting with multiple different versions of the future flagship phone.

According to ETNews, Samsung is testing the Galaxy S7 in two variants, one with a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and another with its own Exynos chip. The device, apparently codenamed “Jungfrau” still won’t launch for at least seven or eight months, giving the company plenty of time to make up its mind.

It’s unclear exactly why Samsung would even consider teaming up with Qualcomm again after parting ways earlier this year when it launched the Galaxy S6. Based on earlier reports, the South Korean giant may actually manufacture the upcoming Snapdragon 820 chip, which could explain this new rumor. It’s also possible Samsung simply wants to use the best possible processor regardless of who makes it.

With the Galaxy Note 5 still a rumor, it may be too soon to start speculating about the company’s 2016 lineup. Then again, it doesn’t come as a surprise that Samsung is already hard at work on next year’s flagship, and we’ll keep an eye out for any more news on the rumored smartphone.

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Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...

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