Two new high-end LG smartphones pop up on Geekbench

With MWC right around the corner, all eyes are on LG and its next G6 flagship, set for a February 26 unveiling. But it seems that’s not the only hot new product the Korean giant is cooking up. A few days ago a mysterious LG H871 handset popped up on Geekbench. Today brings two more handset listings of the same nature.

Their models names are LGE LGUS997 and LGM-G600L and the testing app reports 4GB of RAM and a Snapdragon MSM8996 chipset in both. This, along with the reported Android Nougat ROM is the only information we have to go by. Unfortunately, the chipset model does introduce a fair level of confusion. Qualcomm actually uses MSM8896 for a total of four chips – the Snapdragon 820 and two Snapdragon 821 varieties. Granted, these are all pretty similar in hardware terms, but clock speeds vary somewhat:

  • MSM8996 “lite” : 2×1.8 GHz Kryo & 2×1.36 GHz Kryo
  • MSM8996 : 2×2.15 GHz Kryo & 2×1.6 GHz Kryo
  • MSM8996 Pro-AB : 2×2.15 GHz Kryo & 2×1.6 GHz Kryo
  • MSM8996 Pro : 2×2.35 GHz Kryo & 2×1.6 GHz Kryo

None of these models explicitly states a clock frequency of 1.9 GHz on any cluster, which could be attributed to a number of things – reporting error, slight tweak or a new chipset variant altogether.

We are already fairly certain that the LG G6 will be using the Snapdragon 821 chip. The 4GB of reported RAM do somewhat clash with our current believe that the flagship will have 6GB. Then again, there was also a rumor, at some point, stating that 6GB would be released in North America and Europe, while 4GB is what other markets will get.

We could just as easily be looking at the G6 Lite and G6 Compact as well. Going back to model numbers, it is also worth noting that the LGUS997 definitely sounds like an exclusive US carrier version of sorts. Hopefully, more info will come to light at MWC.