On February 24th, just 2 weeks from today, Samsung is expected to launch their next flagship smartphone the Galaxy S5. This fifth edition of the Galaxy S series of high end smartphones is set to be unveiled during the Samsung UNPACKED 2014 event in Barcelona and for weeks, rumors and leaks have been cropping up all over the world, most publishing the specs and features of the new device.
Today we got proof that there will be at least 2 variants of the Samsung Galaxy S5 as benchmark tests for the two devices, model numbers SM-G900R4 and SM-G900H, surfaced on Antutu’s database showing very diverse specifications. A couple of days ago, we learnt that Samsung could be launching the S5 in two variants – a standard and a premium (prime) variant, a lot like what Apple did with the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C variants.
Based on the Antutu Benchmark results, the standard variant of the Galaxy S5 smartphone (SM-G900H) will be powered by a Samsung Exynos processor while the premium variant (SM-G900R4) will come with a Qualcomm processor. Could this be what will define the two variants of the S5?
Specs of the Standard version SM-G900H
The standard variant of the Samsung Galaxy S5 is equipped with a 1.5 GHz octa-core Samsung Exynos 5422 SoC with an ARM Mali-T628 GPU, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB onboard storage and a Full HD 1920×1080 pixels display resolution on a 5.2 inch Super AMOLED display. It also boasts of a 16 megapixels rear camera, a 2.1 megapixels front camera and will come with Androud 4.4.2 KitKat out-of-the-box.
This variant of the Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone had a 35,445 points in the Antutu Benchmark test results, beating the premium version with the Qualcomm processor by a whopping 3,602 points.
Specs of the Premium Version SM- G900R4
The premium version of the Galaxy S5 scored 31,843 points in the Antutu Benchmark results, which is even lower than that of Note 3 powered by an Exynos processor (by almost 2,000). It seems that most specs leaks we have been getting are of the premium Galaxy S5 especially since they are very different from those of the standard version.
The prime version of the Galaxy S5 will seemingly come with a 2.5 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 (MSM8974AC) processor with an Adreno 330 GPU, it will have 3 GB RAM (1 GB more than the standard version), 32 GB onboard memory and a QHD 2560×1400 pixels resolution display on its 5.2 inch screen. Other features and specs are pretty much the same as those of the international version – 16 megapixels primary and 2.1 megapixels secondary cameras and Android 4.4.2 KitKat operating system.
Why the difference in benchmark?
The standard version of the Galaxy S5, though having less impressive specs than the prime version, especially when it comes to memory and display, has quite a powerful processor. The main reason the Prime version of the smartphone scores less in benchmark results is because of the Adreno 330 GPU and of course the 1920×1080 pixels resolution that seriously weigh down the performance of the processor.
Note that these benchmark results may reflect the performance of devices, but you shouldn’t rely on them 100% if such news matter to you a lot. Besides, the test devices could just be samples or prototypes with early software and hardware which are different from those of the final product.