Benchmark suggests that Galaxy S4 Active will ditch the Snapdragon 600 for an S4 Pro

by: Bogdan PetrovanMay 18, 2013

The Galaxy S4 Active is said to be very similar to the Galaxy S4, pictured above

The upcoming Samsung Galaxy S4 Active showed up in an alleged benchmark result that reveals some of its specifications, including a slightly older processor.

At this point, the consensus in the Android blogosphere is that he Samsung Galaxy S4 Active is real, and that it’s coming soon. The device was even confirmed by a Samsung executive. The Galaxy S4 Active is said to be waterproof and dustproof, and Samsung will likely market it as a phone for the outdoorsy, inspired by the success of Sony Xperia Z, the first major Android phone to feature resistance to water and dust.

Everybody thought that the Galaxy S4 Active (also known as J Active, though that’s likely just an internal name) would be identical to the general purpose Galaxy S4 in terms of specifications. However, a benchmark result uncovered by Techtastic indicates that at least the processor of the Galaxy S4 Active will be different.

Samsung SGH-I537, a codename associated with the AT&T version of Galaxy S4 Active showed up in the GFXBench results database. The device is powered by a Snapdragon MSM8960 (Snapdragon S4 Pro) system on a chip clocked at 1.9GHz. Other specifications revealed by the listing are Android 4.2.2 and a Full HD screen, both identical to those of the Galaxy S4. Note that benchmark listings can be easily counterfeited, and even if the entry is real, it could belong to a prototype.

Samsung SGH-I537 performance in GFXBench – unified graphics benchmark based on D 47 000344

Samsung currently sells two variants of the Galaxy S4, one running on Snapdragon 600 (available in most markets) and one running on Exynos 5 Octa (currently selling in South Korea and a few other countries).

Why would Samsung swap the Snapdragon 600 for an older S4 Pro on the Galaxy S4 Active? One reason could be cost reduction, though teardowns show that the difference between the two configurations is of only a few dollars per unit. Another possible answer could be a supply issue, though we haven’t heard of any supply bottlenecks related to the Snapdragon 600.

The Galaxy S4 Active has been rumored to be unveiled in the next few weeks, possibly along the Galaxy S4 Zoom and the entry-level Zest. Stay tuned for more details.

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  • Stranger from a far coast

    I hope this is a troll article, if not, Samsung really need to get a big slap from everyone who had already own an S4.

    • NASA uses older processors due to reliability. So do rugedized notebooks and anything else vitally important. I would be smart to get this instead of note 3.

      • amine ELouakil

        Wrong! Nasa or others in the same situation uses, older architecture processors because of the developpement time, it take a dozen of years to make a rover or a satellite and most of the time we are talking about custom build component due to the specific uses and environement that why by the end of the construction they found them self with “older” electronics, but at the time of the construction, the technology used is at least a couple of years ahead of what was on the market at the time they started designing it, same thing for Jetfighters and so on.

        • Your reffering to the android in space situation. I worked for the CSA as a student engineer. I was on the radar sat project. We used older G3 processors due to the fact that with time you can manufacture these with higher radiation/EM/environmental tolerances. With age processor do get better. I remember the cost being like 5 grand a piece aswell. Takes time to find and resolve slight manufacturing deffects. Also you have tons of troubleshooting history unlike older units.

          • amine ELouakil

            “Respectfully your reffering to the 20 day android in space “experiment”” I don’t know what makes you think I’m referring to anything of a sort.

            “I worked for the CSA as a student engineer” Great, I’m a Mechanical and Design Engineer and Predesign/Designing/ Manufacturing stuff is what my career

            “We used older G3 processors due to the fact that with time you can manufacture these with enhanced radiation/EM/environmental tolerances” something I mentioned in my previous comment

            “With age processors do get better”. Wrong or rather partially wrong for two reasons : Usually at the ramp of the production issues start to appear that either not related to the manufacturing process which is normal as it is for the first time such production rates are achived or design related (which rarely happens because of the testing phases) and this issues should be solved before the production hits it peak and where the quality control is done statisticaly ( and of course in some very rare occasions some flaws don’t appear till a late stage of the life of the product but this is very rare) but just correct you here, we aren’t talking about public consumer product, and mass productions, we are talking about specific application product that will be uniquely built or at best a couple of it will be produced and for which the control and testing is done for months or even years, and this process is done part by part.

            ” I remember the cost being like 5 grand a piece aswell” I’m not surprised really because it’s custom made for a specific use.

            “Takes time to find and resolve slight manufacturing deffects.” Of course and that’s why it takes dozens of years to produce such products ( Space rovers, complex satellites like Hubble or JamesWeb, Jet fighters and so on)

          • Ima BSCE by the way. I agree with you fully. I love whats happening in the mobile space right now. Interesting stuff :-)

          • amine ELouakil

            Does BSCE stands for Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering ? I’m sorry but I’m not an english native so I’m not very familliar with all the Abreviations and Acronyms. I can’t talk much about what I’m working on right now, but I can tell you from an experience (even if I didn’t contribute directly to the project but it was via a consulting company for CERN when I was still in school and I can tell you that the LHC for example has componants designed in the 80s and the beginnings of the 90s that were at least 5 years ahead in terms of technology of what was on the market, but the developement took over a decade and a half, and during the implementation phases was (technologicaly almost obsolete compared to what we are is done today).

            Of course you can upgrade but the problem is upgrading has it limites, as it is limited by the initial design and at some point upgrading costs >>> Developing and producing a new product which will outperform the older one

          • No doubt ur highly inteligent, its a fun debate thanks:-)

          • amine ELouakil

            :) samewise

    • no rply

      wats bad in it… (i think) even xpera z is using s4 pro….

  • kascollet

    Poor journalism.
    S4/S600/S600+ (GS4 edition) have about the same technical designation.
    S4 Pro does not climb to 1.9 Ghz.

    Just read some real info before posting such bullshit :

    • such offish

      S600+ ? Do you just mean a 600 clocked at 1.9 GHz? Because its not really a different variation

      • kascollet

        Read the Anantech article. It is.

    • amine ELouakil

      There is no S600+ get your facts straight please and read the artical you are posting there are no references to a S600+ anywhere.

      As you say both the S4 Pro and S600 share the same base code name which is APQ8064 then it’s T or AB for 1.7Ghz and 1.9Ghz but here it’s the MSM8064 we are talking about which is the dualcore variant it refers to the S4 Plus and if it has a T it’s the S4 Pro (difference between the two is the GPU Adreno 225 and 320)

  • Apple, er, I mean Samsung are staying true to form. Sheeze now how did I mix those two companies up?

  • I wish it has octa 4g…

  • Lucas

    If anyone really wants all of the power of the S4 with either the Snapdragon 600 or the Exynos 5 Octa, then buy whichever version is available to you and use aquapel or one of those services where you pay 60, 70 bucks and you waterproof your phone. Problem solved! Well, that and the Gorilla Glass 3 should be fine.

  • Jack

    That’s the s4 plus. Not s4 pro.

  • John

    The benchmark probably forgot the T at the end. The S4 Pro has a max frequency of 1.5GHz

  • amine ELouakil

    Dual core woot?

  • simpleas

    all these trolls, man stf#$% and watch samsung own

  • Just when I thought I could have had Top end device with waterproofing, Samsung decides to downgrade the processor of S4 active! I just hope this is not the case!

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