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Galaxy S9 breaks cover early in a test with a surprisingly weak spec

by Danny Zepeda | July 14, 2017July 14, 2017 9:30 am PDT

The Galaxy S8 is only five months old, but Samsung may already be testing its successor, the Galaxy S9.

A mystery device appeared on Geekbench with the name Samsung SM-G9650. To put that into context, the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus had the model numbers SM-G950x and SM-G955x. Adding to intrigue, a device by the name SM-G9600 was spotted last week that is expected to be the Note 8. The next logical step would be SM-9650 for the Galaxy S9.

This is all speculation at this point, but the math seems to add up.

The mysterious device features a Snapdragon 845 processor and 4GB of RAM. The processor is very impressive, but the quantity of RAM is not. It would be nice to see a jump to 6GB by the Galaxy S9, but that may not happen.

Before we get too far ahead of ourselves, we should approach this with a grain of salt. The release of the Galaxy S9 is still at least seven months away if it launches in the same timeframe the S8 did. Samsung has plenty of time to test out different versions, including a 4GB of RAM model. Let’s not start complaining just yet.

The device is also running Android Nougat 7.1.2, but will no doubt run Android O by the time it’s released.


Danny Zepeda

Born and raised in Southern California, Danny grew up on a steady diet Pixar, Star Wars and Steven Spielberg movies. Unbeknownst to him, this was...