It looks like the South Korea-based company is working on a new Samsung Galaxy S4 variant. After Sammy introduced two international Galaxy S4 models (powered by Sanpdargon 600 and Exynos 5 Octa chipsets, respectively), the LTE-A friendly model with a Snapdragon 800 chipset, and the water and dust proof Galaxy S4 Active model, it seems that another variant of the popular smartphone is already in the works.
If the rumors are accurate and the benchmark is real, it seems that the South Koreans will launch an upgraded version of the current Samsung Galaxy S4 flagship, codenamed I9506.
The new Samsung Galaxy S4 I9506 was spotted the AnTuTu benchmark logs with an amazing score of over 31,000 points. The benchmark logs revealed that the smartphone will come with a Snapdragon 800 SoC with four Krait 400 cores. The four cores of the CPU are clocked at 2.3 GHz, and its score is even better than the one obtained with the LTE-A compatible Galaxy S4 that comes with the same SoC. Anyway, for the time being there are no extra details about the I9506, nor about the authenticity of the screenshot spotted on a Japanese website.
The same publication reports that the Samsung Galaxy S4 I9506 that was spotted in AnTuTu is currently running on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, of course with Sammy’s proprietary TouchWiz Nature UX interface on top of it.
It seems that we’ll see a lot of upgraded versions of their current flagships. After we’ve heard a couple of days ago that HTC has an upgraded One in the works, also powered by a Snapdragon 800 chipset, today it’s the first time we hear about an upgraded Galaxy S4.
Anyway, if the rumors are accurate, I guess that a lot of the customers that purchased the current Samsung Galaxy S4 variants will be disappointing to see that an upgraded version will be available less than half a year after the original Galaxy S4 was unveiled. Even though the Exynos 5 Octa is slightly more powerful than the Snapdragon 600 model, it’s still not close to what we saw today about the Galaxy S4 I9506.
What are your opposition about a Snapdragon 800-powered Samsung Galaxy S4? Will Samsung lose some of its customers, or will it be able to attract even more by stealing some if iPhone 5S’ market share? Shout out in the comments section below.