A third subvariety of the likeliest Samsung Galaxy S5 candidate spotted online so far, codenamed SM-G900F, has paid notorious benchmarking authority AnTuTu a quick visit, revealing somewhat underwhelming specs.
Well, not exactly underwhelming by today’s standards, but since this is believed to be Samsung’s “next big thing”, everyone expected moar. Moar pixels, moar RAM, moar everything.
First things first, how sure are we the SM-G900 is S5’s alias? If you had asked us that 24 hours ago, we’d have probably said “pretty sure”. Now? The odds are 50/50. The most conclusive evidence supporting the theory is this seemingly thorough testing process Samsung is engaged in for weeks, maybe months, including on one of America’s biggest wireless carriers.
As for proof against it, it’s circumstantial, but it’s there. The actual features listed on AnTuTu, which suggest a glorified kind of Galaxy Note 3 rehash, not a full-on GS4 sequel. Or possibly, some sort of international Galaxy Round.
Whatever it is, don’t get the wrong idea, the SM-G900F is no pushover. It runs on Android 4.4 KitKat, an honor so far bestowed on a single version of a Samsung handheld. Then it comes packing a 2.5 GHz MSM8974AC chip, which is technically part of the aging Snapdragon 800 family, however it’s just a smidgen faster than the 8974AA and 8974AB.
3 GB RAM (not 4, sorry) doubles the fairly impressive CPU for smooth multitasking, whereas a 16 MP rear-facing camera, possibly with ISOCELL technology, should make sure you never need a point-and-shoot again.
The Achilles’ heel and number one reason I’m starting to doubt we’re dealing with the GS5 is the display appears to boast 1,920 x 1,080 pixels resolution. You can’t call that run-of-the-mill, yet all stars seem to align for 2K (aka QHD) to become the high-end mobile standard by the end of MWC 2014. So why would Sammy, the market leader, risk getting left behind? Well, they wouldn’t, that’s the point.