It’s amazing just how fast a rumor can get from doubtful to nearly certain. Case in point, the Snapdragon 800-powered flavor of the Samsung Galaxy S4, one that might as well be announced already since we all know it’s coming.
The first time we heard about it was just five days ago, courtesy of an AnTuTu benchmark that didn’t exactly ring true. But, following the DLNA certification from Wednesday and a second AnTuTu test revealed mere hours ago, the only question that remains unanswered is when it will be up on store shelves.
The best guess is sometime in the fall, but it could come earlier given the Galaxy Note 3 is also expected around September. Besides the replacing of the Snapdragon 600 chipset with an improved 800 and the adding of LTE-Advanced support, the new GS4 variant (S4 Plus?) is unlikely to set itself apart from the original with other tweaks.
That means it’s expected to sport a 5-inch Full HD screen, 13 MP camera, 2 GB of RAM, 2,600 mAh battery, 16, 32 and 64 GB of storage, microSD support, plus 4G LTE and all the usual connectivity options.
Though it’s been seen running Android 4.2 Jelly Bean in both AnTuTu benchmarks, there’s no way to know for sure what version of Google’s OS the next GS4 will come with out the box. 4.3 is tipped to become official in mere weeks, so there’s no reason why Samsung wouldn’t want to pre-load that on the phone.
As for Snapdragon 800’s actual performance boost, this is expected to be quite massive, albeit it’s hard to quantify that at the moment. The first SHV-E330 (that’s the Korean model number, by the way) benchmark bizarrely showed a decrease in speed compared with the 600-based GS4, while this second one looks a tad better.
Specifically, the S4 with Snapdragon 800 scored a 31,491 points total, which is roughly 5,000 points more than the 600 variant and 4,000 compared with the Exynos 5-based one. Not exactly a huge gap yet, but keep in mind that the tested phones are likely pre-release prototypes and not fully finished products.