GT-I9506 confirmed with Snapdragon 800 processor, SamMobile’s advice: wait or skip the Galaxy S4

As might know Samsung announced the Galaxy S4 earlier this year. The Galaxy S4 was announced in a couple of versions GT-I9500 (Exynos variant) and the GT-I9505 (Snapdragon 600). Today leaked out through AllAboutSamsung, the first benchmarks of the Galaxy S4 LTE + the GT-I9506. This model uses a faster processor. According to the benchmarks, this model packs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor with LTE. Samsung brought the same model out in Korea under a different codename. Plenty of Korean people were mad at Samsung about this. Now since the benchmark were leaked today we can confirm this device for Europe! Bad news for all Galaxy S4 owners…  We now own old Galaxy S4 devices! 100% not customer friendly by Samsung! Our advice is to skip the Galaxy S4 or wait until the upgraded version is out! Oh and yes there is also an upgraded Exynos version coming up… But this sound more like old news to us as we know the big problem by Samsung’s current Exynos Octa-Core processor. Samsung Exynos will announce a new Octa-Core version next week.

Latest current firmware is: I9506XXUAMG6/I9506OXAAMG6/I9506XXUAMG6
Tested in the next countries: United Kindom, Germnay, France, Italy and Spain.


Samsung introduced the Galaxy S4 in March. The Galaxy S4 features a stunning 4.99″ Full HD Super AMOLED display panel, an Exynos 5 Octa (8-Core) CPU clocked at 1.6GHz, a Tri-Core PowerVR SGX 544MP3 GPU, (or a Quad-Core Snapdragon 600 CPU clocked at 1.9GHz and Adreno 320 GPU, depending on the market) and 2GB of RAM. The device has a 13MP camera which capable of shooting up to Full HD 1080p videos at 30FPS and a 2.1MP front facing camera which is capable of shooting up to Full HD 1080p videos, as well.

The Galaxy S4 runs on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean with Samsung’s new TouchWiz UX 2.0 out of the box. The device also includes Samsung’s Smart Features: Smart Stay, Smart Pause, Smart Scroll and Smart Pause, Air Gestures, S Voice, S Health and S Translator.

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  1. It has to keep up with the strong competition.

    • I’m not seeing the desperation? It was enough damage control with i9500 (Exynos 5 Octa no LTE) vs. i9505 (Snapdragon 600 LTE) and people are barely appeased. Especially not at the expense of fragmenting the S4 badge further? And why piss off all of the variants’ adopters w/ this when it’s crystal clear now they can’t drop the ball at Note III’s incoming? At this point no one is gonna touch a lower specced Note III for sure.

      It’s the kind of misstep that shouldn’t happen and endangers the Sx (x = future number or whatever new model naming) brand’s trustworthiness.

  2. I think Samsung lost the control with the GS4..

    The device is incredible, there’s no discussion about that, but this level of fragmentation in only one device, is insane.. 3 different variants of the Galaxy S4??? If the new Exynos SoC, is better than the Snapdragon 800, will have a another new GS4??

    • There were 13 different versions of the S3, most with varying hardware. What’s your point?

      • Well there weren’t 13 of those internationally either and definitely a bit more uniformed i9300 across regions? That’s the point. This is hugely different w/ now some of the same markets get both i9500/i9505, S4 Active and Play Edition? i9500 users already burned due to lack of LTE while knowing that their Korean counterparts get the Exynos 5 Octa LTE. Now this i9506 w/ S800 on top?

  3. Only 28k? It was supposed to be 33+

    • Was thinking that too.

      • On test firmware. Bound to get crappier numbers.

  4. Will it come to the Middle east ? If yes , will it be this year ?

  5. @sammobile i think you may have not mentioned but noticed one thing the ram in the image is 4988 does this mean a 4 GB Ram ?? confused

    • Thats the score in the benchmark, not the actual RAM amount

    • For me too is a little bit strange.

  6. It doesn’t reach the target benchmark score of 31,000+. Maybe not optimized properly or the user has turned on the power-savings…

  7. This is very good news for people who are planning to get the S4, but at the same time, bad news for people who already owned the S4

  8. “Oh and yes there is also an upgraded Exynos version coming up”

    You mean there is a new exynos procesor coming up, which will be used in a future(not s4) galaxy phones, or you mean there will be an uprgaded galaxy s4 exynos version, that will include the 5420??

  9. Do you know the price? In Korea is around 800 $ only with carriers and I suppose it could be more than 800 euros..

  10. Do you know the price? In Korea is around 800 $ only with carriers and I suppose it could be more than 800 euros..

  11. You can’t wait if you are not living in one of the next countries UK, Germnay, France, Italy or Spain… cause you need LTE-Advance Networks…

    I think the next Exynos OctaCore (Maybe a big.LITTLE variant with 4 A7 Cores and 4 A12 Cores) will be annunce for the Galaxy Note 3…

  12. So are the going to EOS the S600 variant which is what they should do. In a way its not a bad move to boost sales say mid cycle of a device but at the same time you really do risk pissing off your customer base but then again apple never cares if they do that so why should Samsung.

  13. With S600 my phone got 25000+ …

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