Rugged Galaxy S4 may get a processor downgrade
New rumors have sprouted that the rugged version of the Samsung Galaxy S4 will be powered by an older S4 Pro processor.
A new benchmark on GFX Benchmark has appeared, possibly from the rugged version of Samsung’s Galaxy S4. Rumored to be supposedly the same as Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S4 with the added waterproofing and dustproofing features, the rugged Galaxy S4 is believed to be Samsung’s response to Sony’s Xperia Z that started the trend towards rugged flagship phones.
According to the benchmark, the rugged Samsung Galaxy S4 appears to be called the Samsung Galaxy S4 J Active, and keeps most of the hardware and software found on the non-rugged Samsung Galaxy S4.
Interestingly though, the rugged Samsung Galaxy S4 appears to be packed with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 Plus instead of the usual Snapdragon 600 or Samsung Exynos 5 Octa processors in current Galaxy S4 models. This makes it similar to Sony’s Xperia Z, which is packed with a Snapdragon S4 Pro. While the reason for this processor downgrade isn’t known, it may be possible that Qualcomm has improved its older Snapdragon S4 processor line to be able to tackle tough usage much better than its latest Snapdragon 600 line, seeing that Sony’s Xperia Z also did not use the latest Snapdragon 600 processor.
According to previous rumors, the Samsung Galaxy S4 J Active will be announced in a few weeks’ time and will be available in two variants, the SGH-I537 for AT&T in the U.S and the GT-I9295 for Europe. Pricing and availability for the rest of the world is still unknown.