Korean version of Samsung Galaxy S4 (SHV-E300S) pops up online with quad-core CPU

by: AdrianFebruary 12, 2013
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Galaxy S4

The Samsung Galaxy S4 rumor mill has been grinding for a couple of months already, but it’s not yet at full throttle, so there might still be a while until the “next big thing” will become official. But that shouldn’t stop us from talking about it, especially with rumors piling up.

The latest news alert comes from GLBenchmark’s database, where a (not so) mysterious Samsung SHV-E300S has jumped through a couple of hardware test hoops for the first time. Although we’re not 100% certain about it, the E300S is said to be the Korean variant of the GS4 (elsewhere known as the GT-I9500 or the SGH-I337).

If this in fact proves to be the S4, the GLBenchmark listing is pretty much the classic good news – bad news scenario. Which one do you want first? Okay, let’s get the bad news out of the way.

Apparently, the S4 won’t be powered by the brand new eight-core Exynos 5 Octa CPU. Honestly, that’s not exactly a major shocker and it’s just one more reason to be excited about the next Galaxy Note, which will most definitely have that beast beneath its hood.


But getting back to the Galaxy S4, we should tell you that we have every reason to believe the absence of the octa-core chip won’t be a problem. Once again, if this is the S4 and if the benchmark results are legit, Sammy is guaranteed to recover the “world’s fastest smartphone” crown.

The SHV-E300S has only taken two tests in GLBenchmark 2.5, but the results are mind-blowing. The 41.3 fps in offscreen high-level 3D performance and 39.4 in onscreen speed make the S3 and GNote 2 look downright ridiculous. Meanwhile, not even the HTC Butterfly can close in on those scores, getting stuck on 29.7 and 28.1 fps respectively.

And no wonder the E300S looks to be in record-breaking form even before its release. After all, there appears to be a quad-core 1.9 GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU inside the super-phone, an Adreno 320 GPU and probably 2 GB of RAM (if not more).

The display resolution seems to be the one we’re all craving for (1,920 x 1,080 pixels resolution, or Full HD), although the diagonal size is not mentioned anywhere (our money is still on 5 inches). Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean will most likely be on board, while this particular model of the GS4 is said to be headed to SK Telecom Korea with LTE.

Simply put, this is a dream come true, so the next step is for Samsung to pinch us next month and make it all official. Can you picture it?

  • I’m going to call bullshit. This would be the first out of four Galaxy S devices to use a non-Samsung CPU. We’ll see, damn rumors :)

    • Wrong.

      Samsung have used Qualcomm SoC for their Galaxy S3 depending on the market, same for Korea. There will most likely be variants of the GS4 for different markets, one Exynos, one Qualcomm.

  • AndroidBrian

    Quad core, 13mp camera and 1080p & 2gb of ram are kinda the norm for 2013 flagship phones. No surprise, like I was expecting. Performance on phones are already good enough. I’m curious to see what new functions Samsung will bring to its touch wiz. That’s the only true mystery. And its appearance.

  • Filip Justin

    Come on.. S4 Pro? I hope it’s for the regional versions and the international has the 5450 or the 5 Octa

    • Bone

      S4 for the S4, why not. :)

      On a serious note, scores are very impressive, but one would expect the Samsung flagship to come with Samsung chipset, at the worst the international will go quad-core Exynos 5. But that’s one power-hungry beast, so maybe they are putting that on hold until they get the Octa ready and efficient.

  • hassan

    oh no i want GS4 with exynos octa why samsung don’t want to put that CPu in GS4 :(
    which will surpass every device in CPU and GPU even ipad plz sammy put exynos octa…..

    • Bone

      It’s all about costs and profit margins. While the octa-core is ready for mass production, the A9 architecture still has some rounds left in it’s cycle and it’s the cheapest to manufacture right now, so they won’t switch just yet.. When cycles’s over, factory will be re-calibrated and the transition will be smooth and cost efficient. That’s how things work, A15 architecture, 13MP camera modules and fullHD screens were ready 1-2 years ago, but producing it was too expensive at that time.

      • While I agree with most of what you said, I would sincerely hope they don’t use an A9-based CPU for the GS4. That would leave the phone at the absolute bottom of the flagship heap, which I’m sure is not where Samsung want to be.

      • hassan

        hm yeah but i think sam will use its own cpu in international and korean version gs4

  • kascollet

    Above 40fps in Egypt HD offscreen 1080p is too much for a Qualcomm S4 Pro (scores 30fps). This must be a new architecture. Maybe a big.LITTLE quad (2 A7 + 2 A15) ?

    • Shahriar Gorjifar

      Well, maybe the overclocking to 1,9 is the reason? My padfone 2 does 30fps offscreen, clocked at 1,5…

    • That is because it a Snapdragon 600 with Krait v2 and modified Adreno 320, Qualcomm doesn’t license its GPUs to anyone else and the benchmark lists an Adreno 320, it even states that on the glbenchmark listing, but reading is hard isn’t it

      • kascollet

        Ooops, my mistake. It’s an Adreno.

  • Would certainly be surprising if the GS4 had the S4 Pro in the internationally released model, but maybe with Exynos 5 they are having a harder time getting the power requirement to battery life balanced than with previous models. Only time will tell.

  • yungqb7

    Mhmm… so what’s the release date for Verizon? lol

  • Roberto Tomás

    while the GL benchmark is impressive you have to remember that if this was the mythical exynos 5 with mali t678 then the scores would likely be *6 times higher*.

  • etesselaar

    Just let me clear something up. The S4 doesn’t have a msm-8960, this is just what glbenchmark lists for something unknown scoring a high score that couldn’t be done by any soc else known by glbenchmark.
    How I know this? just check the orther prototypes in the results list:http://www.glbenchmark.com/result.jsp all of these phones have been said to have the msm-8960 in the ‘android.os.Build.BOARD’ row. I think it’s a bug in glbench or something.
    Anorther idea would be that Samsung has changed the soc name in the phone’s build.prop to keep the classified things from leaking.