The Galaxy A80 launched in 2019 as Samsung’s first full-screen device with no notch or punch hole. It was able to achieve this by adopting a slider+ rotating camera design. There have been reports of a successor that will launch as the Galaxy A82, and now it has been spotted on Geekbench with an old but powerful processor.
Multiple benchmark results of the upcoming device, first spotted by Ankit, have appeared on Geekbench under the name “samsung SM-A826S”. The scores are similar and all of the results show that the phone’s processor (motherboard) is “msmnile” a.k.a. the Snapdragon 855, Qualcomm’s 2019 flagship processor. This is definitely an upgrade from the Snapdragon 730G which made its debut in the Galaxy A80 but the fact is that it is a two-year-old flagship chipset.
Actually, we should not be too surprised as Samsung has shown more than a few times already that it is comfortable with using chipsets from its flagships a few years ago for newer devices. The recently launched Galaxy F62 is an example as it uses the Exynos 9825 processor that powered the Galaxy Note10. Another example is the Galaxy Note 10 LiteGalaxy S9 from 2018.
Our guess is that Samsung probably has a lot of these old chipsets in stock and the best way to get rid of them is to ship them with new devices.
The Geekbench result shows that the Galaxy A82 will run Android 11 out of the box and have 6GB of RAM. While we know that the Snapdragon 855 doesn’t have a built-in 5G modem, earlier reports have revealed that the Galaxy A82 will have 5G support. This means that it will have a separate 5G modem just like other 5G phones powered by the same chipset.
Samsung is expected to launch the phone in a few months but we expect more details including its design to surface before an official announcement.
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