In what could be the most interesting bit of news this month, it looks like Samsung could be working on bringing this year’s top-of-the-line Snapdragon processor to a mid-range phone. We’ve known for a few weeks that Samsung is working on a Galaxy M52 5G, and a device with a model number (SM-M526BR) that’s likely to belong to the M52 5G has now shown up on the Geekbench database, seemingly with the Snapdragon 888 chipset under the hood.
Or, well, an as-yet-unannounced variant of the Snapdragon 888, as the processor specs shown in the phone’s benchmark listing don’t match those of the Snapdragon 888. Geekbench says the tested device had two quad-core clusters, while the Snapdragon 888 has a single ultra-performance core, a cluster of three high-performance cores, and another made up of four low-power cores.
Yet, the codename for the chipset (lahaina) matches that of the Snapdragon 888, suggesting it’s either a fake listing or an error caused the benchmark to report the wrong CPU information. Either way, it seems rather impossible that Samsung would bring the latest flagship Snapdragon chip to a mid-range phone, especially when chip shortages have already forced the company to delay the Galaxy S21 FE.
This is a developing story…