We’ve heard for some time that two Galaxy S5 models were on the way.
A recent Antutu benchmark test confirms the same.
The Antutu test results were discovered by Samsung expert site SamMobile, who reports that the two devices are rather different in their specs. While both Galaxy S5 devices offer Android 4.4.2 KitKat right out of the box, one device has 3GB RAM while the other has 2GB RAM; one Galaxy S5 model has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor (possibly 805), while the other Galaxy S5 has Samsung’s Exynos 5422 SoC processor; one device will have a 2560 x 1440 screen resolution, while the other will have a 1920 x 1080p (full HD) resolution. One Galaxy S5 model has an Adreno 330 GPU, while the other has an ARM Mali-T628 processor; the Galaxy S5 model bearing Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 processor clocks in at 2.5Ghz, while the lower-resolution Galaxy S5 running Samsung’s octa-core processor clocks in at 1.5Ghz. Both Galaxy S5 models will have 2.1MP front-facing cameras, 16MP rear-facing cameras, and run on Android’s 4.4.2 KitKat upgrade.
While these two Galaxy S5 models make the news in that we’ve yet to see this before, two Galaxy S models are not surprising. Samsung often makes one international Galaxy model as well as an American model of its next-generation flagship. Qualcomm is known for its quad-core processor that is placed into American smartphones, but there are quite a few tech enthusiasts who would like to see Samsung’s own octa-core processor placed within some American units.
The ARM Mali processor Galaxy S5 model has a lower screen resolution and brightness, which explains why Samsung’s Exynos 5422 processor Galaxy S5 has a score of 35,445 points on Antutu, compared to the 31,843 points of the Qualcomm-powered Galaxy S5. Samsung has made its octa-core Exynos processor available only for international consumers, but Samsung hinted at the idea of bringing its octa-core processor overseas in 2013. The company has received some criticism in the past for promoting its octa-core processor that can only run 4 cores simultaneously, and Samsung looks to bring its most true octa-core device to market this year.
Earlier reports confirm the 16MP rear-facing camera, but contradict the Antutu benchmarks that claim the 2.1MP front-facing camera will remain the same in the Galaxy S5. There are many other questions to be answered, but the Antutu benchmarks tell us one thing in particular: the Galaxy S5 is on its way.