Samsung is set to announce the Galaxy S6 edge+ and the Galaxy Note 5 this week, but it seems as though speculation about the 2016 “Galaxy” has already leaked on the Web.
The document shows the word “Jungfrau” and then the word “Hero” beside it, curiously, which can create a measure of confusion. “Jungfrau” seems to be a codename for the project, but the word “Hero,” outside of the parentheses, indicates that it could be Samsung’s name for the device (or a special marker for the company).
The device is listed under the “Android M upgrade plan,” which seems to indicate that the device is already in existence but is currently on Lollipop. Samsung has the “Jungfrau” codename listed beside the words “Add MSM8996,” a reference to Qualcomm’s upcoming, 14-nanometer, 64-bit quad-core processor. The octa core, Snapdragon 810 processor, has the model number MSM8994, so it seems likely that this Qualcomm processor refers to the rumored Snapdragon 820.
However, there is no mention of a “Galaxy S7” on the document, whatsoever, although the codename “Jungfrau” has been identified as what could be the Galaxy S7. An earlier leak shows that Samsung has been testing the upcoming processor in a new device that has been presumed to be the Galaxy S7. Of course, we have no official evidence at this time that such is the case, seeing that, depending on the release of the Snapdragon 820, the device in question could be anything.
The fact that the Jungfrau codename is on the Android M sheet, alongside the words “Add MSM8996” could refer to the fact that, as said above, the phone is already in existence. The reference could refer to the Galaxy S6 Plus, a device that has had some whispers but little in the way of evidence. Samsung has been known for releasing “plus” models that are more budget-friendly than their normal counterparts, and the quad-core processor could be the key to a “plus” device. It seems as though Samsung is adding a processor to the device, rather than reporting a brand new device altogether. The codename could still point to a mysterious device, however, but Samsung has yet to release the device; if the Korean manufacturer had released it already, there wouldn’t be a codename for it.
There is another factor involved in the document leak: that is, that Samsung is testing both Qualcomm Snapdragon as well as its Exynos processors for the device. Samsung has done this in the past with devices such as the Galaxy S5, having manufactured devices bearing both processors (Snapdragon for the US and the UK, Exynos for Asian countries, among others).
So, with that said, the device in question is rather puzzling. Samsung has a history of testing devices and has always tested Qualcomm and its own Exynos processors in the same models in years past. At the same time, however, the question on the table is: “Has the Snapdragon 820 convinced Samsung to ditch its octa core processors for a quad-core processor?” We don’t know at this point, and it’s too soon to say. If Qualcomm does release the Snapdragon 820 by the end of the year, however, then this device could indeed be the Galaxy S7.