Is the GT-I9506 a refreshed, LTE-A international Galaxy S4?

by: Kyle WiggersJuly 17, 2013
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Thought Samsung was finished releasing new variants of the Galaxy S4? Think again. Antutu benchmarks that surfaced today suggest a new model of GS4 – the GT-I9506, as indicated by the device’s build.prop – exists.


It’s always important to remember that benchmark data is to be taken with a grain of salt, but the GT-I9506 stats are in line with rumors of an updated global Galaxy S4. Incrementally but importantly different from the Korea-exclusive SHV-E330 Samsung announced last month, the new variant supports a bevy of global LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) bands, unlike its Korean cousin. In all other apects, the GT-I9506 is identical to the SHV-E330: it packs the same quad-core Snapdragon 800 CPU, Adreno 330 GPU, and 2GB of RAM. The phone’s likeness lends credence to rumors Samsung intends to refresh much of the company’s Galaxy S4 line of smartphones, though exact details and dates remain elusive.

Though the GT-I9506 contains upgraded internals and support for faster wireless, Samsung may have a tough time educating consumers about the differences between it and existing GS4s. Critics of Samsung argue the company is diluting its Galaxy brand by continuing to release variants not substantively different than older models. Whether that’s a contributing factor to disappointing Galaxy S4 sales remains to be seen, but one could argue it’s certainly not helping.

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  • Mohd Danial

    So its just a step ahead from my gt i9505 and packs same function

    • Bone

      They still have one flagship phone and one phablet per year, so it makes sense to slightly improve that one over the time when fresh HW comes out. You can always be mad that in a few months, your top gadget is trashed in benchmarks, but on the other hand you’d want the freshest HW when buying a new phone, and Samsung is uncompromisingly putting the latest and greatest in their phone the soonest possible.

  • Ares

    Isn’t it obvious ?

  • Ryan Castle

    Coming up next, Samsung Galaxy S4 RAM with 3 GB of RAM!
    And let’s not forget about the Samsung Galaxy Note Derp.

  • Jaun Lombard

    “Critics of Samsung argue the company is diluting its Galaxy brand by continuing to release variants not substantively different than older models.”

    really? they are not diluting the brand! Its a small upgrade to keep it relevant! Some will choose between the S4, HTC One and LG G2, thus the S4 needs a facelift! PLUS it is only for certain markets as not ALL markets can support that speed!

    PLUS what would you have Samsung do? Make a new Smartphone…S5 with S4 being 3 months old? No, logic will be to upgrade what is there already! Its just like a car…you cant bring out a car every year so you just facelift it with new tech to keep it competitive!

    F#ckin retards!

    • Blowntoaster

      Amen Brother. people whine too much.

      most people won’t be able to make use of the upgraded specs, bar the Snapdragon 800 chipset, which in real life won’t make much of a difference.

      So stop whining people, and go buy a S4!!!

  • Zhen

    Samsung is ‘updating’ the S4 to compete with other Snapdragon 800 devices that are currently out; for example; Nexus 5, G2, Mi3, Z1 etc.