With the Galaxy S4 out and about for mere weeks, you might think Samsung’s marketing efforts would focus solely on the “next big thing”. Only, unlike its predecessors, the S4 is just a piece of Sammy’s world-conquering puzzle, with reinforcements bound to come from the Active, Mini and Zoom versions of the flagship device.
The three high-end-ish phones are just about confirmed following a very recent and furious rumor bonanza, but things remain fuzzy when it comes to their spec sheets. Bits and pieces have been thrown around in the mix for the past few weeks, but until hearing about the trio from official sources everything has to be filed under speculation.
Oh, but how we all love to speculate, rumor and gossip, right? Well, if so, you can today add a few nuggets of “info” in the S4 Active and Mini rumor mills.
The two handhelds have been allegedly spotted in AnTuTu benchmarks, with their results revealing a few fairly predictable, but also a couple of unexpected things about them. For instance, the Active, rumored to come with most of the original S4’s features, plus water and dust protection, fares much worse in the comprehensive test for some reason.
Namely, the device scores a measly 17,613 points. Measly at least compared with what the GS4 is capable of – roughly 25,000 points, according to several trustworthy tests. But what’s up with that massive gap?
To be frank, I have no idea, especially when seeing the SGH-I537 (aka S4 Active for AT&T) running on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and having a CPU clocked at 1.9 GHz under its hood. My best guess is the benchmark is faked, because otherwise it would mean the Active will come with a weirdly overclocked S4 Pro chip instead of the previously anticipated Snapdragon 600 unit.
In any case, the thing remains fairly intriguing, with the Full HD screen already confirmed by a user agent profile.
Things are similarly tangled for the upcoming S4 Mini too, though one thing is clear nevertheless – this fellow has a place reserved well below the S4 on the Android food chain. The phone carrying the model number GT-I9195 has been seen scoring a decent 14,075 points in AnTuTu, but naturally that means a Snapdragon 600 processor is not in the cards here.
Instead, we will likely see the thing packing either an S4 or an Exynos 5 chip, either one featuring no more than two cores. Sam Mobile has apparently received word of the latter, and, considering the website’s track record with such “tips”, I’m inclined to give them credence.
The processor will apparently be clocked at 1.6 or 1.7 GHz and, in an unusual twist, get paired with 1 gig of RAM in S4 Mini’s 3G-only variation and 2 gigs in the LTE flavor. Other features should include a 4.3-inch qHD screen, 32 GB of on-board memory (!!!), an 8 MP rear snapper, a 2,100 mAh battery and Android 4.1 or 4.2 Jelly Bean. Does anyone still think Samsung’s Android crown can be snatched by the “competition”?