The South Korea-based company announced its flagship smartphone for 2013 in March and, as you probably know there are two Samsung Galaxy S4 variants currently available on the market: the quad-core model with Snapdragon 600 SoC and the variant powered by Samsung’s proprietary Exynos 5 Octa chipset. Rumor has it that that there will be a third processor option for the Samsung Galaxy S4.
A couple of days ago a Samsung Galaxy S4 SHV-E330S has surfaced and the respective rumors were indicating that is powered by a Snapdragon 800 chipset with LTE-Advanced connectivity. Well, the same Galaxy S4 SVH-E330S has been recently spotted in AnTuTu benchmark logs.
The most interesting part about the recent leaks is the score the Galaxy S4 SHV-E330S managed to get in AnTuTu: 31,491 points. Oddly enough, when the Snapdragon 800-powered Samsung Galaxy S4 was spotted in the AnTuTu logs it only managed to score 24,179 points, which was too low for the Krait 400 CPU.
But why would Samsung want to revise the Galaxy S4 with an even more powerful processor? Well, there are enough reasons to do so. First of all, a new iPhone will be announced soon, thus the South Koreans would want to refresh the Galaxy S4 with a new processor in order to avoid its sales being cannibalized by the iPhone 5S.
Moreover, it was reported that the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 will also come with a Snapdragon 800 and this might be another reason for Samsung to improve the processing solution of its flagship smartphone. A Snapdragon 800-based Galaxy Note 3 would be way more powerful than the current Galaxy S4, therefore some of the users might be tempted to chose the phablet over the flagship smartphone.
But when will the Snapdragon 800 Samsung Galaxy S4 will be announced? We don’t know for sure but at least we can try to guess. The next-gen iPhone will be announced in the fall and so will the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. The new phablet of the Asian phone maker might debut during a special Unpacked event a couple of days before IFA Berlin, in the September 1 – 5 time frame. This would be the perfect occasion for Samsung to announce the new Samsung Galaxy S4 SHV-E330S.
Other rumors say that the Samsung Galaxy S4 SHV-E330S will be intended exclusively for the South Korean market. If you remember, the South Koreans had received special treatment last year, too, as their Galaxy S3 had an quad-core Exynos 4 SoC and 2 GB of RAM, while the other markets received either the Exynos 4 Quad CPU and 1 GB of RAM or a dual-core Snapdragon S4 chipset and 2 GB of RAM.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 boasts 5-inch full HD display with Super AMOLED technology and Gorilla Glass 3 protection, plus 2 GB of RAM, and three internal storage options: 16/32/64 GB. The internal storage can be expanded using microSD cards of up to 64 GB.
Besides the two processing options (quad-core Snapdragon 600 and octo-core Exynos 5 Octa) the Galaxy S4 also comes with all the connectivity features worthy of a modern smartphone: all standards of WiFi, NFC, infrared port, Bluetooth 4.0, and microUSB 2.0. The flagship device of the South Korea-based phone maker boasts a feature-packed 13 megapixel camera with autofocus, LED flash, simultaneous HD video and picture recording, HDR, and support for recording 1080p videos.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 is 136.6 mm tall, 69.8 mm wide, and 7.9 mm thin, while sporting 2,600 mAh battery.
Do you think the Snapdragon 800-powered Samsung Galaxy S4 is real?