To everyone’s surprise, when Samsung introduced the Galaxy S5 at MWC, only the LTE, Snapdragon 801 powered model has been shown. However, almost immediately after, the manufacturer has accidentally confirmed that an octa-core Exynos version is also in the works. Even more, a couple of days after, when MWC was still going strong, Samsung also announced its new octa-core SoC, dubbed Exynos 5422.
According to Samsung, this “advanced Exynos 5 Octa” System-on-a-Chip has been designed to support high resolution displays like WQHD (2560×1440) and WQXGA (2560×1600) without killing the phone’s battery. Of course, this announcement, connected with the leaked Exynos Octa powered version of the phone, immediately resurrected the hope that the “Premium” version of the Galaxy S5 (the one rumored to feature a WQHD display) is still on its way. After all, rumors claimed that this version will arrive a couple of months after the “regular model”, so the pieces of the puzzle were nicely coming into place. Sadly, recently surfaced evidence is meant to calm these rumors down for a bit. Take a look below and join us after the break.
What you see below is the snapshot of an Exynos 5 Octa powered version of the Samsung Galaxy S5 (SM-G900H) as it has been identified and benchmarked by GFXBench 3.0, a popular benchmarking application. We should note that this isn’t the first time this particular model number has surfaced, as it has popped up in other places as well (like inventory lists) during the last couple of months
It’s easier to see that this is indeed the Exynos 5 Octa model and that it features “only” a Full HD display (1920×1080). The screen has also been identified as being 5.2 inch in diagonal, which comes in line with the rumors according to which the WQHD Galaxy S5 will come with a larger display (the reports have also nailed the exact size – 5.2-inch) than the FHD version. So what gives?
Well, first of all, there is no way to be sure this model is powered by the recently announced Exynos 5422, as the CPU was running at “only” 1.3GHz when it has been benchmarked.
1.3GHz is exactly the CPU frequency of the ARM Cortex-A7 core that’s to be found inside the Exynos 5420 (the one found at the core of non-LTE Galaxy Note 3) so this might be the GSM version of the regular, already announced Samsung Galaxy S5. The only thing that doesn’t sound right is the 5.2 inch screen. It would make sense to make a bigger screen when the panel supports a WQHD resolution, but why would Samsung give the GSM version of the S5 a bigger screen that the one found on the LTE model?
We should note however, that smartphones can be fairly easy be manipulated by the manufacturer to run at underclocked CPU speeds, and even to make a display run at below native resolutions (remember how Google developed Android 4.4 KitKat?), so this might be Samsung testing the phone’s behavior in various situation.
What do you think?