A new Samsung device has hit Zauba, the Indian import database, and has a familiar model number attached to it. The device is listed with a model number of SM-G880, and this raises a few eyebrows as to what the device is and where it’s going.
The reason being that if you have paid attention to the model numbers for Samsung’s “Active” series of devices, there has been one gap over the last couple of years.
- AT&T Samsung Galaxy S5 Active (SM-G860)
- Sprint Samsung Galaxy S5 Sport (SM-G870)
- AT&T Samsung Galaxy S6 Active (SM-G890)
Did someone at Samsung forget to put the SM-G880 on a launch track? We’re not sure, but rather than asking why the device seems late, let’s focus on what it could be going forward. The supposed Galaxy S7 Active — which is said to be exclusive to AT&T — has already appeared in benchmarks with a different model number, so the only other likely candidate is Sprint’s Galaxy S7 Sport.
For those skeptics who think this could just be another one of the budget devices from Samsung, hold fast. The Zauba import database has the SM-G880 listed at INR 31,876 which equates to approximately $477, putting it out of the reach of Samsung’s budget lineup of devices.
One more interesting detail to make note of is that within the description on Zauba, it’s stated that the device is for “R&D Purpose & Evaluation & Not for Retail Sale.” That’s a good sign that it’s either heading into testing or that it’s going to pop up in certification records any day now. Chances are this is the Sprint Samsung Galaxy S7 Sport or a Galaxy S7 Active variant for other countries outside the US, but we’ll have to wait and see how it plays out.