US, Canada and Sweden getting Snapdragon 600 based Galaxy S4
The Samsung I9500 Galaxy S4 is the first smartphone with an octa-core processor or at least in some regions. As expected, the North American versions of the phone will use a Snapdragon chipset instead (a 600 to be precise).
So, both the US and Canada are getting quad Krait 300 cores and Adreno 320 GPU instead of Cortex-A15 / A7 CPU cores (four of each) and PowerVR SGX544MP3 GPU.
We expected that version to only be available in North America and the European version to use the Exynos 5 Octa chipset. The Swedish site for major European carrier Tele2, however, lists the Samsung Galaxy S4 on pre-order with the Snapdragon 600 chipset. The prices start at SEK 220 (about $34) per month on contract.
That’s a bit disappointing, but the Qualcomm-designed chipset should still offer stellar performance – better than the competing flagships, which use the same chip but at lower frequency. Benchmarks point to great SunSpider performance – 822ms vs. 1124ms for the HTC One and 1336ms for the Sony Xperia Z.
AnTuTu scores indicated a relatively modest increase in overall performance of about 30% for a score of 21, 089 vs. 22,678 for the HTC One and 20,794 for the Xperia Z.
It remains to be seen what kind of performance the Exynos 5 Octa will offer – AnTuTu’s publicly available benchmark doesn’t support the chipset and the scores the AnTuTu team posted from in-house testing can’t be compared to the old benchmarks.
You can check out our hands-on impressions of the Samsung Galaxy S4 over here.
- Sunny Singh Peepra
i m goin for the SAMSUNG ONE....best phone
- 2013-03-28 13:17
how will it, its gpu is capable of a third of the exynos output? Seriously hope gsm arena will runa full comparitive test and breakdown of the two s4's If im going to drop a lot of money on a handset/contract i want to know i've got the best i can g...
- 2013-03-28 03:43
Like the 32GB and 64GB Note2 available in S.Korea along with some other hardware options not available in Canada or us or other places is Samsung playing favorites with hardware for others to pay for?... HMMM....
- 2013-03-21 01:49