Android Authority and Sam Mobile have released performance results of the various Samsung Galaxy S4 variants and their findings are surprising. Recall that Samsung released three versions of the new Samsung Galaxy S4 – the GT-I9505, an American and UK version sporting a 1.9 Ghz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor with LTE, the GT-I9500, an “international” version operating off of a 1.6 Ghz octa-core Exynos 5 processor with no LTE, and a Korean variant (SVH-E300S) which features a 1.8 Ghz octa-core Exynos 5 processor with LTE. American markets will receive the 1.9 Ghz Snapdragon quad-core variant while the rest of the world will get the 1.6 Ghz octa-Exynos 5 core version. Some felt this was a slap against Americans but others countered that the 1.9 Ghz variant would be faster than the octa-core because of the higher frequency and fact that the octa-core will truly utilize only four of the eight cores for most tasks. Sadly, they were mistaken.
Android Authority, using the Antutu test platform, clocked the American 1.9 Ghz quad-core Snap device at 25,900, quite a bit ahead of the HTC One’s 24,258 score (about a 6% performance difference). Now Sam Mobile has clocked the international version of the S4 at a whopping 27,417! And that’s just the international version – the Korean version will surely be significantly faster (no doubt, the Korean version will be the fastest smartphone on the planet). That’s a significant performance difference on top of an expected performance improvement in battery life.
American smartphone vendors need to get their act together (you hear that Motorola?).