By Stephen Schenck | February 10, 2014 11:54 AM
Samsung’s no stranger to releasing a whole lot of different hardware variants of the same phone – with the Galaxy S 4, even before getting to exotic models like the Active or Zoom, Samsung released well over a dozen editions of the base model, with little tweaks to accommodate different SoCs and radio support. Some Galaxy S 5 rumors have suggested that Samsung would take this kind of selection one step further, and could differentiate some sort of premium GS5 from the regular edition – and this is where a lot of those medal-body rumors fit in. Today we check out some new evidence in favor of such a split, with benchmark results painting the picture of two different GS5s.
Remember that big list of GS5 model numbers that leaked in late January? Well, over the weekend AnTuTu benchmark results for two of them turned up, models SM-G900R4 (US Cellular) and SM-G900H (Europe). On the former, we see a Snapdragon 800 (one of the newer AC chips), quad HD screen, and 3GB of RAM. The latter gets an octa-core Enynos (a 5422 with Mali T628) – and again, changing SoCs isn’t anything special for Galaxy phones – but it’s the rest of these differences that are noteworthy: the SM-G900H is depicted with only a 1080p display and just 2GB of RAM.
Interestingly, the “premium” GS5 there with the QHD screen appears to do worse in benchmarks than the “standard” 1080p edition; this has led to speculation that the Snapdragon 800′s aging Adreno 330 GPU is struggling with moving all those extra pixels.