January 18, 2013 5:00pm
It’s more than likely the Galaxy S IV, or whatever Samsung decides to call its next flagship, will have a model number of GT-I9500. The Galaxy S was GT-I9000; the Galaxy S II was GT-I9100; and the Galaxy S III was GT-I9300.
So it’s very interesting that a benchmark result for popular Android app AnTuTu showed up with the GT-I9500 moniker. While it’s possible that the metadata has been manipulated, the results certainly could be in line with Samsung’s new Exynos 5 Octa SoC, which reportedly runs at 1.8Ghz.
The result of 21469 is interesting, too, since it includes both CPU and GPU results, the latter of which ran at the Galaxy S IV’s presumed native resolution of 1920×1080, or 1080p. For comparison’s sake, the Nexus 4 achieves a score of 16713, running at a resolution of 1280×720. The GPU inside the Exynos 5 Octa is expected to be PowerVR’s SGX544Mp3, which is not quite as fast as the Tegra 4 or A6X inside the iPad 4, but it should be significantly faster than the Mali-400 chip used in the international Galaxy S III, not to mention leagues better than the Adreno 225 inside the North American version.
The Exynos 5 Octa is an interesting beast because it contains eight cores, but four of them are low-speed and low-power Cortex-A7’s. This is necessary because, unmodified, the Cortex-A15 runs extremely hot, and four Cortex-A15 cores running at 1.8Ghz is a battery life disaster waiting to happen. The PowerVR GPU is also expected to run at 533Mhz, but we wouldn’t be surprised if Samsung incorporates aggressive throttling mechanisms to ensure thermal efficiency.
The Galaxy S IV is rumoured to have dream specs, which is why we’re taking all of this with a grain of salt: a 4.99-inch 1080p display, 2GB RAM, a 13MP back camera and 2.4MP front camera, a 3000mAh battery, running on Android 4.2.1. For many Android users, this is a dream phone, but it’s also going to be an extremely power-hungry device.
Considering Samsung’s Next Big Thing isn’t supposed to be introduced until May at the earliest, things could certainly change between now and then, including the choice of SoC used.