Supposed Galaxy S IV Benchmark Results Show Odd SoC Choice
We’ve already seen some benchmark results that just might be from Samsung’s anticipated Galaxy S IV, but as we start to get closer to when we expect the company to announce this next flagship, it only makes sense that some newer figures could emerge. That’s what we might have to share with you today, but we have a few reservations about just what we’re looking at here.
GLBenchmark has some new results for Samsung’s model SHV-E300S, a number we’ve seen tied to the South Korean version of the Galaxy S IV. While the results themselves are pretty decent, showing a small performance bump over some current top-shelf Androids, some of the hardware info reported in this data is a little strange.
For instance, this shows the E300S running a Snapdragon MSM8960, a dual-core SoC. However, while the MSM8960 employs an Adreno 225 GPU, this phone claims to have an Adreno 320. Now, that might mean that this chip is really the MSM8960T, which does match that GPU, but this is still a dual-core component, and not really what we were hoping for from the Galaxy S IV.
It’s possible that some nations will get GS4s without next-gen Exynos chips, and this E300S could be one such model, but the MSM8960T still seems like an odd choice. Perhaps the hardware isn’t finalized, and this is just some prototype model; it’s all very confusing, and leaves us with plenty of questions.