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Samsung SM-G9198 spotted on GFXBench carrying the Snapdragon 808 SoC

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Unknown Samsung model powered by the Snapdragon 808 SoC

Unknown Samsung model powered by the Snapdragon 808 SoC

Looks like the LG G4 is getting company. Yesterday, we told you about a mystery Microsoft Lumia device (RM-1106) that was spotted taking a dash through the GFXBench site with the 64-bit Snapdragon 808 chipset in tow. This chip is unique in that it offers a hexa-core CPU as opposed to the usual quad-core and octa-core processors that are stuffed inside today's smartphones.

Today, another phone powered by the Snapdragon 808 SoC was discovered running through the GFXBench website. This is the Samsung SM-G9198, and is equipped with a 4.6-inch display with a resolution of 768 x 1280. With Android 5.1.1 pre-installed, the phone is driven by that aforementioned hexa-core 1.8GHz CPU and the Adreno 418 GPU. 2GB of RAM is inside along with 16GB of native storage (with 11GB available to the user). A 16MP rear camera is included and on front is a 5MP snapper for selfies and video chats.

We're not sure yet where this model fits into Sammy's lineup. Could this be a "mini" model of some sort, or is it just a mid-range handset? Stay tuned.

Thanks for the tip!

source: @tjb007_hun

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posted on 29 May 2015, 13:11 11

1. shiftt (Posts: 333; Member since: 03 May 2015)


If I wasn't mistaken, I'd say it was a Galaxy Alpha successor.

posted on 29 May 2015, 13:13 7

2. donrox (Posts: 145; Member since: 18 Jul 2014)


I'd say it's the s6 mini. Finally a sort of respectable mini offering to compete with sony's compact series perhaps

posted on 29 May 2015, 13:15 2

3. carlemillward (unregistered)


Sony's next compact may be released later on with z5 and possibly have 820

posted on 29 May 2015, 15:13 2

20. buccob (Posts: 2566; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


Yes, they are waiting almost a full year between Compacts...

And this looks like Samsung is finally delivering a small flagship. Kudos.

posted on 29 May 2015, 14:36 4

14. TechieXP1969 (limited) (Posts: 10115; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


I agree. Judging by the model number which is SM-G9xxx, this would put it in the Galaxy S line of devices and based on screen size and resolution I would say yes it should be an S6 Mini or at the least an S6 variant of some kind.

Samsung could have a surprise like a Galaxy S Alpha. :-)

posted on 29 May 2015, 13:52 3

10. QWERTYslider (unregistered)


Give this a removable battery, SD, fingerprint scanner, and make it free on a 2 year contract and I'm in.

posted on 29 May 2015, 15:01 1

18. medicci37 (Posts: 1276; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)


Can't wait to see benchmarks for the 14nm 820

posted on 29 May 2015, 17:31 1

32. waddup121 (unregistered)


Galaxy Alpha 2, PROBABLY the S6 mini too. Specs are a little godlike for the mini though.

posted on 29 May 2015, 22:33

41. jalebi2000 (Posts: 180; Member since: 01 Mar 2015)


alpha came with 32gb internal storage. This comes with like 16gb. It could just be a photo type, the final model may have 32gb

posted on 29 May 2015, 23:29

43. fonelover (Posts: 217; Member since: 19 Mar 2015)


It's the S6 mini

posted on 30 May 2015, 05:03

44. AndyYan (Posts: 59; Member since: 10 Feb 2014)


Sorry to everyone wanting an Alpha 2 or S6 Mini, I'm here from China to kill hopes.
A hint from the model number: considering how SM-G9098 was China Mobile's version of the famous W201x series clamshell, this SM-G9198 could well be its sequel, especially considering the 4.6 inch 768p screen which is near identical as W2015. Also, these clamshells almost always use the top chips on the market at the time, so a 808 is reasonable.
Time will tell whether what I said is correct.

posted on 29 May 2015, 13:16 1

4. Clars123 (Posts: 723; Member since: 16 Mar 2015)


S6 mini?....For God's sake let them make it 7mm thin at least and fit a respectable 2000+mAh battery in there....and 16GB?!!...what is this 2013?

posted on 29 May 2015, 13:20 3

5. Sauce5 (unregistered)


I think its 2015..could be wrong.

posted on 29 May 2015, 13:26 3

7. Clars123 (Posts: 723; Member since: 16 Mar 2015)


I'm very much aware of the current year...in case my meaning was lost on you I was expressing my dislike for the amount of storage on the device in the article.

posted on 29 May 2015, 13:50 1

9. Ordinary (Posts: 2317; Member since: 23 Apr 2015)


There will probably be microSD slot

posted on 29 May 2015, 14:16

12. Clars123 (Posts: 723; Member since: 16 Mar 2015)


I sure hope so

posted on 29 May 2015, 15:23 1

25. may_czos (Posts: 736; Member since: 22 Nov 2014)


2013? Even today only a couple of flagships have 32GB or more. 16GB is still a standard.

posted on 29 May 2015, 15:24

26. buccob (Posts: 2566; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


With the native features of M letting you install APK and apps directly to SD cards, I think 16GB is an irrelevant con... and it is 2015 for sure.

posted on 29 May 2015, 13:20 1

6. thegeneral7010 (Posts: 399; Member since: 10 Dec 2014)


alpha 2 maybe

posted on 29 May 2015, 15:22

24. may_czos (Posts: 736; Member since: 22 Nov 2014)


Codename suggests S-series.

posted on 29 May 2015, 13:32 1

8. Neros (Posts: 1016; Member since: 19 Dec 2014)


Specs seem to be very solid for a mini model.

posted on 29 May 2015, 20:16

34. ARTE.8800. (banned) (Posts: 192; Member since: 27 May 2015)


Only 2gb Ram. Fail.

posted on 29 May 2015, 20:54

36. may_czos (Posts: 736; Member since: 22 Nov 2014)


Why do you need more in a mini with low resolution display?

posted on 29 May 2015, 21:47 1

38. ARTE.8800. (banned) (Posts: 192; Member since: 27 May 2015)


Why does the iPhone need so much less RAM than Android devices?

Android keeps all your opened applications alive on RAM, if there is enough free RAM to do it.

This reduces battery usage because apps are only initialized on the first run, then kept alive while you use your phone. These apps are however, not using any battery while kept on your RAM, as the processes are (generally) not running (unless background processes exist).

To android, more RAM means more apps can be kept alive, thus faster switching between apps for the user. "Empty RAM is wasted RAM".

Note however than when we need RAM and we don't have it, Android will kill automatically the less used processes until we have enough RAM to run our apps, so we don't need really need to worry about it.

posted on 29 May 2015, 14:05

11. yonith (Posts: 144; Member since: 11 Sep 2012)


what a joke of a display

posted on 29 May 2015, 14:56 5

16. Macready (Posts: 952; Member since: 08 Dec 2014)


At least it will be AMOLED with resolution being similar to the iPhone 6, thus possibly much better overall (better brightness, contrast, blacklevels, calibration and viewing angles).

posted on 29 May 2015, 15:19 3

22. may_czos (Posts: 736; Member since: 22 Nov 2014)


Similar resolution is not enough because of Pentile matrix which has 30% less subpixels. It really is visible.

posted on 29 May 2015, 15:35 3

29. miket1737 (Posts: 2542; Member since: 17 Mar 2013)


yep, pentile pixel layout at 720p= very noticeable pixelation and "dottiness"

posted on 31 May 2015, 09:01

47. Trex95 (Posts: 900; Member since: 03 Mar 2013)


Better brightness you must be kidding me lol. Used every single Samsung Super Amoled around and yes since note 4 Samsung did a great job with there Super Amoled, but non of these Samsung Super Amoled has better clean and bright white as IPS especially on iPhone 6 and 6 plus.

posted on 29 May 2015, 16:23

31. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


This isn't Apple with their 750p piss yellow display. It's 768p and will probably be cool enough to not look like yellow tinted junk.

posted on 31 May 2015, 09:09

48. Trex95 (Posts: 900; Member since: 03 Mar 2013)


Actually all new Super Amoled start from S5, Note 4, S6, S6 edge and Note edge all piss yellow just turn the basic mode or Amoled photo in display setting and here we go Yellowish tinge, the only way to keept white only adptive mode and still oversturate mode not natural as basic or Amoled photo.

posted on 29 May 2015, 14:28

13. may_czos (Posts: 736; Member since: 22 Nov 2014)


Samsung please, Pentile matrix needs FHD resolution to provide harp image, especially that SM-G9198 isn't going to be cheap.

posted on 29 May 2015, 14:37 3

15. TechieXP1969 (limited) (Posts: 10115; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


Really? Because it looked good on the Galaxy S3 and Note 2 which both had 720p

posted on 29 May 2015, 15:16

21. may_czos (Posts: 736; Member since: 22 Nov 2014)


S3's display was good 3 years ago (altough you could see some dottiness), today it's just mediocre. Even if you can't see separate pixels human eye can spot a difference even up to 600 ppi. Galaxy Alpha has similar display and it's not very sharp.

posted on 29 May 2015, 15:26

27. buccob (Posts: 2566; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


I don't think you are talking for most of the population...

300ppi is perfectly fine today... even if phones are going up to 600pp there is no need for that.

posted on 29 May 2015, 16:23

30. may_czos (Posts: 736; Member since: 22 Nov 2014)


300 ppi is perfecly fine for low and midrangers, not flagships. Especially with Pentile matrix that has 30% less subpixels and lower effective resolution (HD Pentile is an equivalent of qHD RGB). It is visible. AMOLED with Pentile matrix needs FHD for sharp image.

posted on 29 May 2015, 15:34

28. miket1737 (Posts: 2542; Member since: 17 Mar 2013)


galaxy alpha display is pretty s**tty. can easily see pixelation on that 720p pentile pixel layout display, and has such a green tint to it and when you view it slightly off angle, it has a bad tint. pentile pixel layout at 720p= lower then 315 ppi for blue and red subpixels, in which pixelation is very easily noticeable

posted on 29 May 2015, 14:58

17. Macready (Posts: 952; Member since: 08 Dec 2014)


Nonsense.

posted on 29 May 2015, 15:10

19. Tondern (Posts: 113; Member since: 23 Feb 2015)


That is going to be a powerhouse with a S808 running a 720p screen. Damn boy. Do want.

posted on 29 May 2015, 15:20 1

23. may_czos (Posts: 736; Member since: 22 Nov 2014)


It's 768p screen to be exact.

posted on 29 May 2015, 18:56

33. My1cent (Posts: 345; Member since: 30 Jan 2014)


This new mini or Alpha is interesting.

posted on 29 May 2015, 20:53

35. may_czos (Posts: 736; Member since: 22 Nov 2014)


Direct link to the result:
https://gfxbench.com/device.jsp?benchmark=gfx31&os=Android&api=gl&D=Samsung+SM-G9198&testgroup=info

Fantastic result. See the "Graphics" tab, onscreen results are outstanding, thanks to low resolution this thing beats HTC M9 or S6 in GPU performance.

posted on 29 May 2015, 21:52 2

39. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


The Alpha benched pretty crazy high too but the media decided to just kill it's momentum by blasting it.

Apple has been hiding behind low res screens for years in order to achieve high benchmarks. It's about time Android oem started releasing lower res displays to troll Apple.

posted on 29 May 2015, 21:35 1

37. pegasso (Posts: 274; Member since: 27 Nov 2011)


it could be the S6 Neo variant,
just like the previous hexacore-powered Note 3 Neo.

posted on 29 May 2015, 22:05

40. yoosufmuneer (Posts: 1498; Member since: 14 Feb 2015)


I hope they would cut off the NEO lineup.

posted on 29 May 2015, 23:22

42. gaara6775 (Posts: 738; Member since: 20 May 2014)


2gb ram ? With only 400mb free ram to multitask. Lol the phone will stutter like anything. God bless the slowiz.

posted on 30 May 2015, 07:31

45. soldier820 (Posts: 115; Member since: 27 Jan 2015)


Sounds cool, still not interested. Waiting for that note5

posted on 30 May 2015, 18:17

46. Coconut00 (Posts: 479; Member since: 13 Jan 2015)


At first i would have said it was the Alpha 2, but looking at the screen size, i don't think sammy would shrink the screen, so, S6 Mini.

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