We’ve seen two model numbers related to the Galaxy Note 7: a version that has been declared to be a dual-edged model, and another that we didn’t know much about except for a model number at some point. There once was an SM-N930 without the “G” edge label (as opposed to the Galaxy S7 with its SM-G930 model number). It was easy to dismiss the first appearance of an alternate Galaxy Note 7 as just a wild or experimental model number, but we’re seeing the new SM-N930 Galaxy Note 7 reappear in benchmarks — with some specs that suggest that there just may be a Lite version of the next Galaxy Note.
The tech site Telefoonabonnement shows a device with model number SM-N930F (a European, unlocked model) bearing marks of a more light-specced variant of the Galaxy Note 7. Benchmarks the site discovered include an octa-core, Exynos 7420 processor with 3GB of RAM. The Exynos 7420 processor is one we’ve seen before, with regard to the Galaxy Note 5 Samsung released last year. The 3GB of RAM dates back to 2015 as well, with Samsung having given the Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 edge, and Galaxy S6 Active 3GB of RAM. So, it looks as if this device will be a “Lite” version of the upcoming handset rather than the highest flagship Samsung will offer this year. It does offer Android Nougat (Android 7.0) out of the box, though, so this looks unlikely to be a mere developmental unit from last year that’s only testing out the new OS update.
This Galaxy Note 7 will likely be surpassed by the “Pro” version that we’ve already covered as having a 5.8-inch Quad HD dual edge display, 6GB of LPDDR4 RAM, and 64GB of internal storage with a 3,600mAh or 4,000mAh battery (and the highest-end cameras). So, we could be looking at a Galaxy Note 7 Pro and a Galaxy Note 7 (regular) model, or something along the lines of a Galaxy Note 7 Plus (with the Snapdragon 820) versus the regular Galaxy Note 7 (with the Exynos 7420) come August 2nd.
The model number looks destined for Europe (SM-N930F), and it matches a model number we’ve seen for Russia (SM-N930FD), with the “D” representing a dual-SIM variant. It could very well be the case that this is a more inexpensive variant of the Galaxy Note 7 destined for Europe instead of the US. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor has been destined for both China and the US (with even Canada getting the Exynos 8890 SoC), so it’s unlikely that the US will see this version. Could this be the Galaxy Note 5 for Europe that Samsung promised? We don’t know, but, as usual, we’ll wait and see.