Samsung has taken things to Twitter to promote its Exynos 8895, touting it as "a processor to create infinite possibilities."
But that's not the most interesting part of it, as many believe that the promotion may have revealed the upcoming Galaxy Note 8 (pictured) ahead of schedule, which is reportedly scheduled to launch on Aug. 23.
Galaxy Note 8 'Accidentally' Revealed?
Even at first glance, anyone can see it's not the Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8 Plus. The bezel at the top is noticeably thinner, and the edges of the display appear to go even further.
The biggest reason to believe this is the real deal so far is that it aligns with recently leaked Note 8 renders, but that doesn't really hold much weight to it since it's based on alleged leaks and rumors, after all.
In other words, the South Korean brand seems to be adding fuel to the fire that is the Galaxy Note 8 hype, as it's staying silent about the tweet, and it's not taking it down either.
— Samsung Exynos (@SamsungExynos) July 13, 2017
This move is presumably in anticipation of heated smartphone competition from the likes of the Google Pixel XL 2 (possibly not the Pixel 2) and Apple's iPhone 8, which is said to finally sport an OLED panel, stepping into the same playing field as the Galaxy series in terms of display.
Galaxy Note 8? Probably Just A Generic Shell
For one thing, the so-called Galaxy Note 8 in the picture doesn't have buttons on the side, which makes it likely to just be a generic shell that Samsung used to promote the Exynos 8895.
The person to point this out is APKMirror and Android Police founder Artem Russakovskii, also known as @ArtemR on Twitter.
It's just a generic shell, likely very similar to the Note 8. Notice the lack of buttons on the side. — Artem Russakovskii (@ArtemR) July 13, 2017
It does seem suspicious that Samsung isn't deleting the tweet, perhaps to avoid confirming that the phone in the image is indeed the Galaxy Note 8. Couple that with the company's tendency to "accidentally" reveal stuff, they could be taken as signs that it really did let the cat out of the bag.
Still, at the end of the day, it seems highly unlikely to be an early look at the Galaxy Note 8, but it could still be a hint at how the phablet will turn out to be.
For the record, the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus are powered by Exynos 8895 but pack a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 in the U.S. and Chinese markets.