Samsung, which was rumoured to be developing new metal-clad smartphones under its Galaxy A series, could now have a new handset called the Galaxy A9 slated for launch later this year or early next year. New benchmark tests run on a Samsung smartphone bearing model number SM-A9000 have now surfaced.

According to known technology tipster OneLeaks (via Twitter), who has listed the Antutu leaked benchmarks, the handset undergoing the tests (model number SM-A900) is believed to be Samsung's new Galaxy A9. Multiple technical aspects of the device have also surfaced via the leaked benchmarks.

If the leaked benchmarks are anything to go by, then Samsung loyalists could expect the Galaxy A9 to feature a 5.5in full HD display, run the Android 5.1.1 (Lollipop) operating system and incorporate a 3GB RAM within. Under the hood, the smartphone also features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 620 SoC, and 32GB of internal storage. Other technical details about the handset are yet to surface, but SamMobile expects the device to feature at least a 16MP primary camera. The smartphone is also widely believed to be a sequel to the Samsung Galaxy A8 metal-clad phone.

Recently, a new Samsung chipset, tentatively called M1 Mongoose aka Exynos M1, also surfaced via GeekBench benchmark tests. The chipset, clocked at 2.3GHz notched up a score of 2,294 with respect to single-core (single-thread) tests. Multi-core tests yielded a whopping score of 6,908. The scores are theoretically significant when compared to GeekBench benchmark points secured, by Apple's iPhone 6s, in recent tests.