It seems Samsung is very close to launching a new dual-camera smartphone, which has been certified by TENAA, the Chinese authority that approves an electronic device before it can be sold on the local market.
The phone appears in the TENAA database with the SM-G8890 model number, one that is quite mind-boggling. That’s because the model number makes us think at the Galaxy S9 series. But there are some elements that do not indicate it to be an S9 model.
On one side, we have a specs list which clearly indicates a top-end model. It comes with Snapdragon 845 chipset, with an octa-core CPU clocked at 2.8GHz, the same processor that powers the Galaxy S9 and S9+, Samsung’s latest flagships.
This mysterious model has two versions of RAM: 4GB and 6GB. Strangely, the amount of internal storage is not registered, but it appears to have a slot for up to 256GB microSD cards.
It comes with a dual camera at the back with 12MP and 8MP sensors. At the front we have an 8MP selfie snapper.
An aspect that does not recommend it as a version of the Galaxy S9 variant is the form of the display. Like the Galaxy S9, it has a 5.8-inch SuperAMOLED with QuadHD +, more precisely 2960×1440 pixels, which means it comes with the already classic Samsung aspect ratio: 18.5:9. What does not match is that the model now registered with TENAA has no curved edges like S9 or S9+.
According to TENAA, this SM-G8850 model is fueled by a 3,000mAh battery, it runs Android 8.0 Oreo, and as you can see from Samsung’s official images posted on the authority’s website, there’s fingerprint reader on the back, place in the center, as the dual camera was moved to the side, vertically.
Another element that denied the speculations that it is an Galaxy S9 variant, is that it lacks the heart rate sensor, an already classic component on the Galaxy S models. The model in the pictures does not have the heart rate anywhere.
The question is: What is this model? A known tispters, IceUniverse tweeted it’s a new Galaxy A8 variant and that the specs listed on the TENAA website may be wrong. There is also the theory that it could be the Galaxy S9 Mini. But the specs is too good to be a Mini version. Last but not least, it could be a specially designed phone for the Chinese market, with few chances to be launched in other countries.
However, the emergence of this handset is surprising, and the specs recommends it in the high-end segment. Until new information is confirmed, anything speculation can be either correct or wrong. We’ll come back to you if anything pops up.