After making an appearance in a questionable AnTuTu benchmark, the alleged Samsung Galaxy S4 packing a Snapdragon 800 CPU (model number SHV-E330) has been DLNA certified, which not only means it’s real, but it could be released soon.
The chipset’s model is clearly listed as MSM8974 and apparently is clocked at 2.3 GHz, so there’s little doubt we’re looking at one of the world’s first ever phones powered by Qualcomm’s next-gen platform, the Snapdragon 800.
Unfortunately, the SHV-E330 model number (with an added S, K or L at the end) seems to hint at the handheld being a South Korean exclusive. Then again, we highly doubt such a top-notch device, which will probably end up being called S4 Plus or Mega, will not enjoy a wide, global release.
Rumor has it the thing will see daylight come September, but again, the DLNA approval could be an indicator of an imminent release, maybe slated for the summer. As far as other specs are concerned, we have no reason to believe the SHV-E330 will look any different than the original GS4, so an identical 5-inch Full HD screen is in the cards, as are 2 gigs of RAM, a 2,600 mAh battery and 13 MP camera.
One slight tweak should be the adding of LTE-Advanced support, though you probably won’t notice any kind of difference at first. LTE-Advanced is a new mobile communication standard that carriers are likely to adopt in the near future and that promises to improve on the data speeds of today’s 4G LTE technologies.
Translated in plain English, that means this upcoming GS4 flavor will be able to reach download speeds of up to 150 MB per second once LTE-Advanced is rolled out by wireless service providers on a wide scale.
Excited? You probably should be, especially for that Snapdragon 800 processor, which everyone expects to be significantly zippier than the 600. But don’t lose your head just yet because the “beast” is not yet official.