Following a report about Samsung's high-end Galaxy handsets earmarked for 2017, another report says the South Korean tech giant is working on a new variant of the Galaxy S7.
Samsung’s Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge got released in March. Thanks to the brilliant design and top-of-the-shelf configurations, this series was termed as a game-changer for the company.
Just when no one was expecting a new variant of Galaxy S7, the Indian import-export tracker Zauba shows a new device, tied to the model number "SM-G880." The listing says a single unit of this handset has landed in the Indian city of Bangalore from South Korea. Most OEMs send their upcoming handsets/prototypes to Indian development/testing centers for evaluation prior to the scheduled release.
Even though Zauba DB doesn’t have the exact device name, it’s being rumored that the new device in focus could be Galaxy S7 Mini or Galaxy S7 Active. The other possibility is the “Samsung Galaxy S7 Sport,” Phone Arena noted.
To put things in perspective, the flagship Galaxy S7 is tied to the model number G930. The model number of Galaxy S7 Edge is G935. The upcoming Galaxy S7 Active, on the other hand, is believed to be tied to the number G891. The Samsung Galaxy S5 Sport from 2014 has the following model number: G870. And the new device’s model number is G880.
Hence, the upcoming device could very well be the successor of the Galaxy S5 Sport. The Sport version of Samsung is similar to the Active variant in many ways. It’s being speculated that AT&T will get the exclusive right of the Galaxy S7 Active. So, there’s a good chance that this new model G880 might end up with Sprint.
According to Zauba DB, the unnamed device, be it Galaxy S7 Sport or Galaxy S7 Active, will set the buyers back by 31,876 rupees (about $478).
These are just theories and Samsung might very well release a new lineup for all we know. Hence, readers are advised to take this report with the proverbial pinch of salt.