It won’t be long before the LG G5 SE and Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ start receiving the latest Android 7.0 Nougat update for the unlocked models.
After a series of appearances at the Wi-Fi Alliance, Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ has finally made it to the Geekbench benchmarking platform and apparently, the phone has Android 7.0 Nougat running the show. What this means is that the company is possibly testing the OS on the device as at the time of this writing, something that should also mean the OTA update will be out really soon.
The Geekbench listing shows a Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ variant with model number SM-G928C, which is the international variant, adding weight to previous reports that the phablet will receive the update at some point this month.
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ was launched in 2015 and back then, it came preinstalled with Android Lollipop out of the box. The phone has already received an update to Android Marshmallow and with the upcoming Android Nougat, it will mark the last major software update that the phone receives. This might not go down well for some people, especially now that details of Google’s plans for the upcoming Android 8.0 have started showing up.
Still, the update to Android Nougat should take the phone’s performance to the next level with features such as multi-view apps, enhanced Doze mode, quick settings customizations and many other improvements. The Geekbench stats show that the phone clocks a score of 1437 during single-core testing while the multi-core testing yielded a score of 3976. These are just early tests and with further optimizations, the performance should get better and better, especially since the phone packs an impressive set of hardware specs.
There’s an Exynos 7420 SoC under the hood. This is paired with a RAM of 3GB and 32GB/64GB/128GB of storage, but like other Samsung flagships released in 2015, there’s no microSD card slot. The phone is big at 5.7 inches, but the Super AMOLED panel has a decent QHD resolution that delivers quality views. However, you might be a little concerned with the relatively small 3000mAh battery unit on board, but the enhanced Doze mode that Android 7.0 Nougat is bringing to the fold, you should still be able to get through a full day on a single charge.
On the other hand, the LG G5 SE, also known as the LG G5 Lite, is also expected to receive the latest Android 7.0 Nougat update very soon. The phone has also been listed on Geekbench with model number LGE LG-H840, suggesting that the South Korean company could possibly be running tests of the OS on the device. In case you didn’t know, the LG G5 SE is a weaker variant of the flagship LG G5, but it keeps some of the specs you find on the latter.
The G5 SE keeps the same 5.3-inch QHD display screen, but it gets a midrange Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 SoC under the hood. Interestingly, the listed variant has the Snapdragon 617 SoC (MSM8952) on board, but the RAM is still 3GB. The storage is retained at 32GB with room to expand it via a microSD card of up to 2TB. There’s a dual16MP+8MP main camera with all the bells and whistles found on the flagship G5 while the front has an 8MP selfie shooter. To keep it alive is a 2800mAh battery that is swappable, just like the high-end G5.
The premium LG G5 was the first device to be updated to the latest Android 7.0 Nougat in the non-Google family. This happened back in 2016, but it is never too late. The LG G5 SE should also be joining the party really soon, although the Geekbench listing doesn’t give out such details. Nonetheless, the fact that LG appears to be testing the OS on the device suggests that the release is not so far away. We’ll follow up the matter and update you with the latest developments. Keep following us!