Benchmarking results indicate two very different upcoming Samsung handsets, possibly both Galaxy S5 phones. But what does it mean, and why are we not too impressed?
Two new unnamed Samsung smartphones have popped up on benchmarking database AnTuTu, revealing what appears to be two variants of the soon-to-be-launched Samsung Galaxy S5. They’re both Android KitKat mobiles but one is clearly more premium than the other, suggesting a number of possible outcomes:
1. There could be a mid-range Galaxy S5 as well as the premium model, to rival Apple’s iPhone 5c and 5s.
2. This could be a full-sized Galaxy S5 and a more compact version, like what we saw with the Galaxy S4 and Galaxy S4 Mini.
3. The specs for the Galaxy S5 may vary depending on region – again, we saw this with the Galaxy S4, which packed a different processor in some countries.
4. Samsung is just jerking everyone around by benchmarking random phones that it’ll never release, to throw everyone off the scent.
The premium Samsung handset sports a 2.5GHz SnapDragon 800 processor, 3GB of RAM, 2560 x 1440 resolution screen (size not stated), 16-megapixel rear camera and a 2-megapixel front camera.
Meanwhile, the second model uses a 1.5GHz octa-core Exynos processor, 2GB of RAM, 1920 x 1080 resolution screen (size not stated), 16-megapixel rear camera and a 2-megapixel front camera.
Firstly, we’re surprised that Samsung isn’t using the latest Snapdragon 805 processor that will reportedly be found in rival handsets such as the Sony Xperia Z2 and Nokia’s latest Lumias. Could this be a move to rush the Galaxy S5 to market before those handsets, as the SnapDragon 805 won’t be available for mass manufacture until May-time?
The premium handset actually scored lower than last year’s Galaxy Note 3 in the benchmarking tests, most likely a product of that bumped-up resolution, so it’ll already seem strangely outdated if that’s the case – although reports of a streamlined TouchWiz interface will hopefully mean less jitters than we saw on the Galaxy S4.
We’re not convinced we’ll see two handsets launched in Samsung’s huge Unpacked event on February 24, but only time will tell.