The Samsung Galaxy S4 is expected to be unveiled in New York on March 14th, which is just under a couple of weeks away. With the kind of hype that inevitably surrounds a device of this calibre, and the fact that it is the next Galaxy S phone, it is not surprising that there have been several leaks, rumors and speculations that having been buzzing all over the blogosphere. The most recent one was that Samsung may decide to go with competitor Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 600 chipset instead of its own Exynos 5 Octa due to technical issues., and also that Sammy may give the SuperAMOLED HD displays a miss, and settle for a SoLux HD display instead.
While all of the specs discussed so far have been the result of leaks and benchmarks, nothing has been officially confirmed by Samsung as yet, and knowing their propensity to turn secretive before a Galaxy S device launch, we doubt if we will hear anything from Sammy before March 14th. A new AnTuTu benchmark result has popped up online though, which gives an insight into what could well be the final specs for the Galaxy S4. And they seem to be pretty much in line with what has been, and is still heavily discussed in countless forums and blogs. Here are the AnTuTu Benchmark result screenshots for your reference.
As you can see, the 1.8GHz Exynos 5410 Octa (check the 4+4 cores result) is ominously present, and so is the presence of Android 4.2, both of which are in line with what has been rumored so far. So is the 4.99 inch 1080p display, although there is still ambiguity on whether Sammy will use their own SuperAMOLED tech or go with SoLux. There’s a 13 MP main camera and a 2.1 MP front camera, ad 2 Gigs of RAM, and internal storage capacity options of 16GB and 32GB.
Most of this, we already know, and is not too different from what we’ve heard through earlier rumors. What is interesting though is the presence of LTE connectivity, right at the top in the first screenshot, which hints towards the possibility that Samsung has included an LTE connectivity chip on the Exynos 5 Octa, dispelling rumors that Samsung may replace the Exynos with a Snapdragon 600 processor for LTE markets, and use the Octa for non-LTE regions. But then again, that may still be the case, and it is possible that the device used for the AnTuTu test came from a non-LTE region batch. So the suspense continues.
And the Bar Chart to far right clearly shows how the Galaxy S4 blows everything else in sight to smithereens. Not that we need to see it, but the Galaxy S4 is surely going to be one of the most powerful devices out there once its released. And if Samsung has indeed packed the Exynos 5 Octa inside it, all the more so.
There’s a wee little thing on the first screenshot though, which hints at the possiblilty that this could be a fake benchmark result. The GPU manufacturer states ARM, whereas the GPU Model is listed as the PowerVR SGX 544MP, which is actually manufactured by Imagination Technologies. Now it is also possible that a development stage device was used, which may have reported the wrong manufacturer to the app, or it is also entirely possible, as we have seen countless times in the past, that this is a fake benchmark test result. Another slightly suspicious thing on Screenshot #2 is that memory capacity is listed as 16GB/32GB which is a bit odd, as these kind of benchmarking apps usually just list the memory capacity of the individual device that the benchmarking app is being run on, and that too as the Available memory on the device against the Total Internal Memory capacity.
Whether this is a genuine deal or just another fake, is something we’re going to have to wait for another 10 days to find out, when the smokescreen around the most anticipated device of 2013 will be cleared.