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