Quickly following the AnTuTu benchmark that proposed a plethora of last-generation specs for the Samsung Galaxy S5, including a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chipset, a 1080p display and 2GB of RAM, come a new set of benchmarks, suggesting some similar specs for the coming device, but also other very different ones.
Though Samsung’s flagships are known for introducing the latest smartphone hardware on the market, increasing evidence may indicate that the Samsung Galaxy S5 may be powered by the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chipset, which was introduced in the Galaxy Note 3. Since then, the high-end Galaxy Note Pro and Galaxy Tab Pro LTE model tablets were announced with the same chipset. Featuring the Krait 400 CPU clocking in at a maximum of 2.3GHz and the Adreno 330 GPU, the Snapdragon 800 chipset is known for such advanced processing as 4K video, HD resolution, and 3D gaming. However, with the introduction of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 chipset last November, reports initially suggested that the updated hardware would be featured on the Galaxy S5.
Samsung Galaxy S5: AnTuTu Benchmark Results
The most recently released AnTuTu benchmarks have tested two models of devices believed to be variants of the Samsung Galaxy S5, the SM-G900R4 and the SM-G900H, and have yielded some interesting results. According to the benchmark for the SM-G900R4, the device features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chipset, a QHD (2560×1400) display, 3GB mobile RAM, 32GB of internal storage and a 16-megapixel main camera. This model will reportedly have corresponding model variants in several countries and on several carriers, including the four major U.S. carriers. According to the benchmark for the SM-G900H, the device features a Samsung Exynos 5422 chipset, a Full HD (1920×1080) display, 2GB mobile RAM, 16GB of internal storage and a 16-megapixel main camera.
The SM-G900R4 benchmark notably differs from the previous benchmark in that it suggests 3GB mobile RAM for the Galaxy S5 instead of 2GB mobile RAM. After the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 released featuring 3GB mobile RAM, many have been expecting the Galaxy S5 to follow suit. However, other reports have suggested that the Galaxy S5 may be released in two main models, which would have varying specs.
Check out the full AnTuTu benchmark results for SM-G900R4 here.
Check out the full AnTuTu benchmark results for SM-G900H here.
Samsung Galaxy S5: Opposing Reports
These current benchmarks do appear to piggyback off proposals made by KGI Research analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. The analyst reported in late January that the Galaxy S5 would release in a standard model featuring a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chipset and a “prime” model featuring a Samsung Exynos 5422 chipset. However, Kuo’s specs indicate that the Samsung Exynos 5422 chipset would be included in the higher-end device, while the benchmark suggests that the hardware would be paired with ROM and RAM specs that would now be low considered lower end. The Samsung Exynos 5422 currently remains in the realm of rumors itself as it is has not yet been unveiled. If the chipset does release, it seems unlikely that it would be included in a device with last-generation specs.
As said, the SM-G900R4 benchmark indicates a QHD display, while the SM-G900H display indicates a Full HD display, but Kuo’s report suggests the opposite display specifications. The analyst believes the device with the Samsung Exynos 5422 chipset will be the higher-end model, which will also feature a QHD display, and the device with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chipset will be the lower-end mode, which will also feature the Full HD display. Meanwhile, most other reports indicate that the Galaxy S5 may feature the now last-generation Full HD display. A recent New York Times report indicated that the Samsung Galaxy S5 would feature a Full HD display. Similarly, the previous benchmark report also suggested Full HD display for the Galaxy S5. This leaves us especially uncertain about the display specs for the Galaxy S5.
Samsung Galaxy S5: Several Models Is Customary
As more information trickles in for the Galaxy S5, the upcoming device seems to become more of a mystery. However, it is worth noting that Samsung devices are usually released in several different variants with different specs. For example, the Samsung Galaxy S4 originally was released with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 LTE chipset for one model and a Samsung Exynos 5410 3G chipset for another, but months later the Korean manufacturer released the Samsung Galaxy S4 LTE-A model, featuring the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chipset.
With less than two weeks left until the likely Samsung Galaxy S5 unveiling, there isn’t much time before we will know the true features of Samsung’s “next big thing.” Amid all of the Galaxy S5 feature hullaballoo; however, it appears many have completely forgotten about the rumored Samsung Galaxy F.
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Fionna Agomuoh is a Technology Reporter for the International Business Times, a vegan foodie, and a lover of Electric Dance Music.