Samsung SM-G357FZ surfaces via benchmark, 64-bit entry-level phones galore

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64-bitUntil Qualcomm and Nvidia can start offering up Apple A7-rivaling high-end 64-bit chips to Android device manufacturers, it looks like OEMs will have to try their hand at humbler solutions built on the state-of-the-art architecture.

A flurry of smartphones powered by Qualcomm’s low-cost 64-bit Snapdragon 410 CPU have made the rumor rounds of late, starting with Huawei’s G621 a couple of months back and ending with HTC’s A11/Desire 510 just yesterday.

And now a mysterious, wild little Samsung surfaces, by way of GFX Bench, carrying a convoluted SM-G357FX model number and an unnamed quad-core Qualcomm clocked at 1.2 GHz inside the hood. Unnamed but really easy to guess, based on the accompanying Adreno 306 GPU.

Yes, it’s the Snapdragon 410 again, which Sammy plans to fit on an SM-G510F too, according to data pulled from the same usually reliable source. The G357FX might bolster the already rich and crowded Galaxy Core lineup, its codename bearing a striking resemblance with those of the Core 2 (SM-G3556), and Core Lite (SM-G3586).

Although it should deliver spectacular raw speed for its budget-conscious niche (once Android actually supports 64-bit processing), the upcoming Galaxy Core family member is an overall modest slab, even by entry-level standards.

The 4.3-inch display sports sub-par 800 x 480 pixels resolution, there’s only 8 GB of built-in storage (5 user available), and a 5 MP camera slapped on the handheld’s rear, doubled by a cringe worthy 1.2 MP front snapper. The beefy SoC obviously helps the SM-G357FX save face, and so does the pre-loaded Android 4.4.4 KitKat.

Via [GFX Bench]

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