Despite smaller battery, refurbished Galaxy Note 7 may not have a downclocked processor
Samsung is expected to officially launch the refurbished Galaxy Note 7 on July 7. Rumor has it that the device may be called the Galaxy Note FE or “Fan Edition.” Samsung is reportedly going to release this device in only a handful of markets, starting with its home country of South Korea.
The company hasn’t set up a new production line for the Galaxy Note FE. They are going to be refurbished units of the Galaxy Note 7 that just have a smaller battery. Everything else remains the same. It’s going to have the specs of the ill-fated flagship.
The Galaxy Note FE is going to have the same 5.7-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED display, Samsung Exynos 8890 processor with 4GB RAM, 12-megapixel rear and 5-megapixel front camera as the original Galaxy Note 7.
Samsung’s Exynos 8890 processor has a cluster of four custom and four ARM Cortex A53 cores to provide a mix of high performance and power efficiency. The Galaxy Note FE has been spotted on Geekbench today, the benchmark listing has detected the 1.6GHz clock speed of the power-efficient cluster.
What this suggests is that Samsung hasn’t decided to downclock the Exynos 8890 processor even though the Galaxy Note FE is going to have a smaller battery. It may be convinced that the processor does a good enough job of managing its power needs that there’s no need to downclock the chip and take a hit on performance.
The Galaxy Note 7 had a 3,500mAh battery while the Galaxy Note FE is expected to feature a 3,200mAh cell. Other than that, everything else will be the same, the Galaxy Note FE is even expected to be offered in the same colors as the original handset.Join the Discussion