Samsung Galaxy S5 may come in two versions after all, new bechmarks reveal

With its announcement just two weeks away, there’s still some controversy surrounding the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S5‘s specs. We’ve heard countless conflicting reports on the matter, something which has lent more and more credence to the possibility that Samsung may in fact release many different versions of the device. Or at least two.

See, over the weekend the folks responsible for the popular AnTuTu benchmark have seen two different iterations of Samsung’s next flagship run their software and thus have their results made public.

The first one is the SM-G900H, supposedly a variant headed to Europe (though it’s unclear if it’s a 4G-capable model or just a 3G-only affair). It has some pretty uninspiring specs compared to its predecessor, coming with a 1080p Full HD touchscreen, a 16 MP rear camera, a 2 MP front camera, a 1.5 GHz octa-core Samsung Exynos 5422 processor, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage (almost certainly expandable via microSD cards, though that’s not mentioned by the benchmark explicitly), and it runs Android 4.4 KitKat as you’d expect.

Samsung SM-G900H benchmark

The chipset used here is a follow-up to the octa-core Exynos 5420 used in the N900 model Galaxy Note 3. The low clock speed may be due to the fact that this part is still in heavy development by Samsung – it would be a bit odd for the 1.9 GHz 5420 to get a 1.5 GHz successor. This might indicate that this particular variation of the Galaxy S5 may be far from its launch date.

Like its predecessor, it’s likely that the Exynos 5422 uses four ARM Cortex-A15 based cores working in tandem with four ARM Cortex-A7 based cores. The former four focus on high performance, while the latter four have everything to do with low power consumption.

The second Galaxy S5 model that had its specs captured by the AnTuTu benchmark is the SM-G900R4, a version that is tailor made for US Cellular. This comes with most of the long-rumored specs.

Samsung SM-G900R4 benchmark

It has a 2,560×1,440 touchscreen, a 16 MP rear camera, a 2 MP front camera, a 2.5 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor (in its highest performing MSM8974AC iteration), 3 GB of RAM, 32 GB of internal storage space (once again, almost certainly expandable via microSD), and it too should run Android 4.4 KitKat from day one.

Now this looks more like a high-end flagship for 2014 than the other model, doesn’t it? Past members of the Galaxy S line have had a couple of variations each, but the only difference in those cases was the chipset employed. It went like this: a Qualcomm part for the 4G versions, and a Samsung Exynos for the 3G-only ones.

This time around, though, it looks like the Korean company will introduce the screen resolution and RAM amount as differentiators too. So we’re looking at a high-end model and a lower-end offering (obviously only low-end in comparison to the other, more potent Galaxy S5 – because this will still be a top of the line smartphone).

It will be interesting to see whether we’ll have both of these on the same markets at the same time, with the lower-end one being a bit cheaper than the other one (and thus emulating Apple’s iPhone 5S / iPhone 5C business plan).

Author: Vlad Bobleanta

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