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Did the Samsung Galaxy S8’s processor just leak?

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Samsung’s next processor may have been leaked, albeit only by name, online – is it destined for the Galaxy S8?

A mysterious new Exynos chip has turned up on Zauba, an Indian import/export web tracker, as revealed by Phone Arena. Exynos is the name for Samsung’s system-on-a-chip range, powering many of the company’s flagship handsets. According to the tracker, Samsung has imported two test boards, each equipped with an Exynos 8895.

Confusingly, the Exynos 8895 isn’t a chip we’re familiar with; it’s never been officially announced. Samsung’s current top-end chip is the Exynos 8890, a 14nm processor based on ARMv8-A architecture. It runs on the Exynos M1 ‘Mongoose’ CPU and a Mali-T880 MP12 GPU. It currently only features in the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge.

There have been rumours that the upcoming Galaxy Note 7 – due to launch next week – will feature an Exynos 8893 in some markets, but that’s not yet confirmed. It’s also expected that Samsung will unveil a new 10nm chip – as opposed to the 14nm Exynos 8890 – within the next year, so this could be early evidence of this new, more efficient processor.

Exynos chip

The most likely scenario is that the Exynos 8895 is just a boosted version of the Exynos 8890. It's a tactic recently employed by market leader Qualcomm; earlier this month, the firm announced the Snapdragon 821, a minor upgrade chip that's 10% faster than the Snapdragon 820.

If the Exynos 8895 doesn’t feature on the Galaxy Note 7, the next major flagship launch we’re expecting is the Samsung Galaxy S8. That handset will probably arrive at some point between February and April in 2017, and will most likely coincide with Mobile World Congress in Barcelona (February 27 to March 2). However, we'd be surprised if the Galaxy S8 didn't ship with a newer, more substantially upgraded chip.

Unfortunately, we still don’t have any other details about this new chip, or Samsung’s 2017 smartphone strategy, so take any such leaks with due caution.

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