Samsung GT-I9506 Galaxy S4 with Snapdragon 800 for international markets confirmed by another leak
The Samsung GT-I9506 is real, it seems. This is the Samsung Galaxy S4, but powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 processor clocked at 2.3 GHz. A similar device was launched in South Korea recently, where this particular chipset was needed for its support for LTE-Advanced, as one carrier in Samsung’s native country debuted its very own super high speed network.
But now it looks more and more like Samsung will upgrade its ‘normal’, internationally-sold version of the Galaxy S4 to the Snapdragon 800. The S4 is currently available in two versions internationally. Some markets got the one with Samsung’s ‘octa-core’ Exynos 5 processors, while in others the handset comes with a 1.9 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600.
That was Qualcomm’s best back when the S4 was announced, but it no longer is. Furthermore, LG is set to unveil its new flagship at the beginning of August, and it will sport a Snapdragon 800. Sony is also expected to reveal a new flagship within the next couple of months, once again with a Snapdragon 800 inside. So Samsung can’t afford to have the lesser processor in its best selling device forever. Which is where this change-up comes in.
The Samsung GT-I9506 looks like it’s going to be an I9505 (the S600 version), but with the different chipset. This was first leaked a couple of days ago via a benchmark, and now it’s been confirmed in Germany, and benchmarked once more.
While the results themselves are irrelevant at this point since the device in question was a pre-production unit running pre-release software, the AnTuTu benchmark helpfully provides us with the confirmation that the Snapdragon 800 is actually powering this model, and that the rest of the specs seem to be identical to the other Galaxy S4 versions.
It’s unclear when Samsung will make it official. Previously, we heard that it would wait until early September, and unveil it alongside the upcoming Galaxy Note III. On the other hand, the company could announce it in August, to act like a response to LG’s G2. We’ll see.
One thing is clear – this thing will be expensive. If the S600 Galaxy S4 will be kept on sale (just to confuse customers, we assume), then we expect that to become a little cheaper than it is today, while the new S800 version could be even more expensive than any other S4 ever was. But this is all speculation, so don’t take our word for it.