Samsung is all set to launch its upcoming Galaxy S flagship device, the Galaxy S5, on February 24 at its UNPACKED 2014 event in Barcelona and as the time to the launch event is coming close, rumours are popping up from all around the globe. Today, two Galaxy S5 variants, SM-G900H and SM-G900R4, showed up on Antutu’s database with very different specifications, they literally have nothing in common in-terms of specifications except the camera sensors.
A few days ago, an analyst predicted that Samsung will actually be launching two variants of the Galaxy S5, a standard variant and a prime (premium) variant, much like what Apple did with the iPhone 5S and the iPhone 5C. These benchmarks add a bit weight to that prediction but as we know that benchmarks can easily be manipulated and tempered with, so we would take this news with a pinch of salt. Also, even if these benchmarks were performed on the mentioned devices, the devices would be test samples with early hardware and software, so these results don’t really matter much.
Firstly, let’s talk about the premium variant (SM-G900R4) of the Galaxy S5. According to the benchmark result, the device is equipped with a Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 (MSM8974AC) SoC with a clock speed of 2.5GHz, Adreno 330 GPU, 3GB RAM, 32GB of internal storage, QHD (2560×1400) resolution display, 16-megapixel main camera sensor, 2.1-megapixel front facing camera and is running Android 4.4.2 KitKat.
The device scored 31,843 points in the benchmark, the score itself is lower than of the Galaxy Note 3’s (SM-N9008). You may be thinking how is that even possible, shouldn’t the Galaxy S5 score higher points than the Note 3? Well, you’re right. The main reason behind the lower score is the Adreno 330 GPU. Even though both devices feature the same GPU, the Galaxy S5’s huge QHD (2560×1440) resolution puts a bit more stress on the GPU than the Galaxy Note 3’s Full HD (1920×1080) resolution, which results in a low 3D score.
The story is entirely different with the standard variant (SM-G900H) of the Galaxy S5. Benchmark reveals an Octa-core Samsung Exynos 5422 SoC with a clock speed of 1.5GHz, ARM Mali-T628 GPU, 2GB RAM, 16GB of internal storage, Full HD (1920×1080) resolution display, 16-megapixel main camera sensor, 2.1-megapixel front facing camera and this unit is also running Android 4.4.2 KitKat.
The standard variant of the Galaxy S5 (SM-G900H) scored a total of 35,445 points in the benchmark, beating the Exynos-equipped Galaxy Note 3 (SM-N900) by 1,203 points and the premium model of the Galaxy S5 (SM-G900R4) by 3,602 points which is powered by a Snapdragon SoC.