New Samsung Galaxy S7 Variant Spotted on Geekbench, MediaTek SoC on Board

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After rolling out the flagship Samsung Galaxy S7, the South Korean tech giant seems to be preparing the rollout of another variant of this device that is apparently powered by a MediaTek Helio chipset.

This is kind of unusual for Samsung, having already unveiled the flagship model running on two different chipsets targeting different markets. There is one with a Snapdragon 820 and another with an Exynos 8890. Even though there has been news of a Samsung Galaxy S7 Mini and S7 Active, the idea of having a MediaTek Helio processor hadn’t shown up just yet. The new discovery comes courtesy of a Geekbench leak and if all is true, the device looks to be headed for Canada.

At the moment, major carriers are already offering the newly released Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. It won’t be a surprise to see a different variant of Samsung Galaxy S7 tailored for a specific carrier and market, just like AT&T has been doing with the Galaxy Active variant. With Apple having unveiled a new and smaller iPhone SE just a few days ago, the idea of a Samsung Galaxy S7 Mini coming in might be valid. On the contrary, the discovery by Samsung that most people are in love with big screens might deter this move.

Smartphone market experts have predicted that 2016 will not be a good year for major smartphone sellers such as Apple and Samsung. This is one main reason the former came in with the iPhone SE. The device is targeting the developing markets where Apple hasn’t been popular with its pricey iPhones in the past. In this way, Cupertino hopes that it will capture more sales. On the other hand, Samsung might just be looking at coming in with custom devices for specific markets. This is already happening in terms of hardware, with U.S.-destined variants of the flagships shipping with Snapdragon 820 while models headed to Europe and other regions pack an Exynos 8890 chipset.

Samsung Galaxy S7

The Samsung Galaxy S7 variant spotted on Geekbench comes in two variants: one with a MediaTek Helio X25 chipset and the other with an Helio X20 processor. The phone carries model number SM-G930W8, but the former has a RAM of 4GB while the latter packs a 3GB RAM. It is still unknown why Samsung would unveil a variant packed with 3GB of RAM, but even if it does, this is still decent.

The Galaxy S7 variant’s model number is what the point of contention here is. In previous occasions, Samsung uses the “W” letter in naming its Canadian-destined models. As a result, it is possible that the variant that appeared on Geekbench will debut in Canada very soon.

We’ll update you on any major developments.

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