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Mysterious Samsung SM-G850 handheld shows up online with octa-core chip

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Exynos 5 OctaSamsung has taken a little break from unveiling high-end smartphones lately (the Galaxy S5 LTE-A doesn’t count), instead going the extra mile in the low-end and mid-range arenas. But knowing the Korean OEM’s M.O., the Galaxy family’s upper branch is undoubtedly due for a number of refreshes.

The Galaxy Note 4 is just the tip of the iceberg, with one or several Megas likely in the pipeline too, plus a mysterious SM-G850/SM-G8508S pair. The two don’t exactly fit the description of state-of-the-art game-changers, boasting tiny (by high-end standards) 4.7-inch screens.

However, they do pack Snapdragon 801 and Exynos 5 Octa processors, so worst case scenario, Sony’s Xperia Z1 Compact will get some solid competition in the diminutive but not humble flagship niche before long.

Forget the Galaxy S5 mini, these are the uncompromising yet compact trendsetters we were expecting from Sammy, as they both carry 2 GB RAM inside the hood, 32 GB on-board storage, as well as 11 MP rear-facing cameras. Hopefully, with optical image stabilization.

The AMOLED displays keep things relatively modest in the resolution department, at 1,280 x 720 pixels, but given their limited size, Full HD or, even worse, Quad HD would have been a massive waste of time and resources.

Software-wise, it’s no surprise Android 4.4 KitKat runs the show, and, we’re guessing, the octa-core SM-G850 is headed for a handful of Asian markets, while the quad-core Snapdragon 801-powered SM-G8508S is meant “internationally”. Any idea of their identities? None, although a Galaxy S5 Neo moniker is a possibility. Maybe.

Via [Sam Mobile]

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