March 14 is coming. And time passes quickly. Next Thursday, Samsung will show us the Galaxy S4 for the first time, at its special event in New York. And as we get closer and closer to that moment, more and more things about the device are starting to leak. Some of these may be 100% accurate, some may not, but the thing is – for the next ten days we’ll probably be flooded with S4-specific stuff.
So let’s get right to it. We have three things to share today. First of all, someone apparently went and put a Galaxy S4 to the test in some benchmarks. The results of these were sent to HDBlog, and they helpfully reveal most of the device’s specs (at least what’s most important).
The CPU is a 1.8 GHz eight-core unit, the Samsung Exynos 5410. This comes to confirm some earlier reports that the Korean company’s new flagship device will sport its very own eight-core CPU, the first one to use ARM’s new big.LITTLE architecture. However, a few days ago we heard that the Galaxy S4 may come with multiple chipsets depending on which region you’ll buy it from, much like what happened to the Galaxy S III last year (the international version had an Exynos processor, while units sold in North America came with Qualcomm chipsets). This idea, that there will be several hardware configurations, has also been ‘confirmed’, so to speak, by Eldar Murtazin of Mobile-review, the (in)famous Russian journalist that sometimes has the scoop on new products. One of those chipsets will be the Snapdragon 600 that can also be found in the HTC One. The fact that Samsung didn’t opt for the more powerful Snapdragon 800 only comes to further confirm that that particular part will not be ready until, perhaps, the second half of the year.
Murtazin also says that the build materials will be the same seen in the Galaxy S III – so don’t expect a handset made out of anything else but plastic. It may not be a big departure in terms of design compared to its predecessor either, unlike what we’ve seen last year, when the S III introduced a whole new design language for Samsung smartphones.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 is apparently already in mass production, and Eldar Murtazin thinks that it will easily become Samsung’s best selling mobile device of all time.
Back to the benchmark now. Aside from that eight-core processor, the handset also sports a PowerVR SGX544MP GPU, 2 GB of RAM, a 4.99-inch 1080p Full HD touchscreen, a 13 MP rear camera with LED flash and 1080p Full HD video recording, a 2.1 MP front camera, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, 16 or 32 GB of internal storage, and GPS. It runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.
Obviously this could have been faked, so don’t forget to take a bite out of that grain of salt you’ve hopefully kept nearby. Finally for this session of Galaxy S4-related things, Samsung itself has posted the first teaser video to build momentum for its announcement next week.
As you can see, we should expect more videos in the near future. Are you excited about the Galaxy S4?
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