“The smartphone comes with the S8-like design, with a fingerprint scanner placed adjacent to the camera sensor at the back”
Samsung has already launched its Galaxy S series flagships for the year and the company is expected to unveil the successor to the Galaxy Note8 (review) in a few month’s time. But the brand is continuing with launching devices in the budget and mid-tier segment too. Interestingly, an unannounced smartphone from the company has now been spotted on Chinese certification website TENAA. On a first look, the handset looks to be a stripped-down variant of last year’s Galaxy S8+ (review) smartphone – possibly Galaxy S8 Lite – which never saw the light of the day.
As you can see in the image above, the Samsung smartphone comes with the company’s last year’s flagship design, with the fingerprint scanner placed adjacent to the camera sensor. With the launch of Galaxy S9 models, the company seemingly fixed this awkward placement by placing the fingerprint sensor right below the camera module.
If we talk about the specifications of the spotted smartphone, the listing suggests that the handset packs a 6.28-inch FHD+ (2,220 x 1080 pixels) OLED display. It also packs a rather beefy battery of 3,700mAh. The smartphone measures 162.4 x 77.0 x 7.55mm and weighs 188 grams. Interestingly, the measurements are close to the Galaxy S8+ and Galaxy S9+, but not exactly same. This could mean that the company is planning to launch a new handset with last year’s design and watered-down specifications than the brand’s premium flagships.
However, as it’s unlikely that the South Korean company would go back to a dated design for a new smartphone, we should point out that this handset might even have been scrapped by the company long time back. At this point, nothing can be said with certainty. In case the company decides to eventually offer some premium features in the mid-range with a new offering, we will keep you posted. Till then, it would be advisable to take this listing with a grain of salt.