Galaxy S5 candidate spotted in benchmark: 2K display, 2.5GHz processor, Android KitKat

December 4, 2013
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Rumors of Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S flagship are already swirling, but most of them are reports from Korean media that lack much detail.

Now we may have something a little more concrete on our hands, with the key word being “may”. That’s because there’s no hard evidence that the Samsung SM-G900S device spotted in the GFXBench benchmarks is really the Galaxy S5, or just a fake, a prototype, or a different device altogether.

What we can say for sure is that the SM-G900S seems to match the description of Samsung’s upcoming superphone.

Samsung SM-G900S GFXBench

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First, there’s the 2560 x 1440 pixels resolution of the display, also known as Quad HD (or 2K) because it packs four times the number of pixels of an HD (720p) screen. Only the Chinese company Vivo released a smartphone with this resolution so far, while Meizu announced plans for its own.

But it’s very probable that Samsung will equip the S5 with a 2560 x 1440 screen. Back at the Analyst Day event in November, the company revealed it will launch devices reaching a pixel density of 560ppi in 2014. Punching the numbers in a PPI calculator shows that a 2560 x 1440 screen of 560ppi would be 5.25-inch across, which is a reasonable size for the upcoming Galaxy S5. The Galaxy S4 is 5-inch across, so slightly smaller bezels would make a larger screen entirely within reach.

Second, there’s the processor listed in the benchmark entry, identified as a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974 processor. However, the listed top speed of 2457 MHz is outside the limits of the S800, which is capped at 2.3GHz. It may be that the benchmark misidentified the processor as an S800, when it’s actually the new Snapdragon 805. Packing an Adreno 420 GPU and capable of speeds of up to 2.5GHz, the 805 will be available to manufacturers in the first part of 2014. It’s just speculation, but it would make more sense for Samsung to use the best possible processor for its flagship product.

The benchmark identified the OS on the SM-G900S as Android 4.4 KitKat, and we wouldn’t expect anything else from the Galaxy S5. The identification of the device itself, “klteskt” may indicate a version that is tested for compatibility on SK Telecom, one of the largest carriers in South Korea.

Will this SM-G900S turn out to be the Galaxy S5? It’s hard to say at this point, but the real device will probably have similar specs. The latest rumors out of Korea suggest the S5 will land in March, so we still have a few months of leaks ahead to figure it out.

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