For as much as we like the Galaxy S 4, it was still a bit of a bummer to learn that Samsung was already releasing a version of the smartphone with some updated hardware, bringing South Korea some GS4 models capable of LTE-Advanced operation and running Snapdragon 800 chips. So far, that’s the only market that’s been targeted with this new hardware, but we’re now wondering if Samsung could have another 800-running GS4 up its sleeve, and if it could arrive as the company’s model GT-I9506.
That model’s in the news today thanks to some benchmark data, which sure seems to suggest that GT-I9506 is running a Snapdragon 800 at 2.3GHz. Benchmarks can be unreliable, though, so what else do we know about this model?
Well, it sure fits with the GS4 numbering scheme: GT-I9500 is the main international version, and GT-I9505 the LTE-enabled edition.
You can even find a User Agent Profile for the GT-I9506 on Samsung’s servers, essentially confirming its existence. But that same file raises some questions about this 800 theory. Particularly, while it shows stuff like the expected 1080p resolution, it also mentions a CPU speed of 1.4GHz – way too slow for a Snapdragon 800.
So is this a red herring? Maybe not. The UAProf for the GT-I9505, for instance, cites the same 1.4GHz figure, while we know that phone runs its Snapdragon 600 at 1.9GHz. That in mind, there might just be something to those benchmarks.