Samsung Galaxy S4 for Verizon (SCH-I545) gets benchmarked, has 1.9 GHz CPU inside

by: AdrianFebruary 15, 2013

Galaxy S4

HTC looked in terrific strategic form when scheduling the London/NY twin unveiling events of the One (aka M7) for February 19, but we’re starting to think that won’t be enough to steal the spotlight from Samsung.

The Galaxy S4 is to be kept under wraps for another month or so and won’t go up for sale until April at the earliest, which should give HTC some alone time in the limelight, right? Not necessarily, because with the S4 rumor mill at full throttle, most Android aficionados might forget about the One launch entirely.

And boy, what rumor-fest we have going on. The first GS4 benchmark popped up less than 72 hours ago, followed by a story that seemed to confirm the featuring of a gesture-based interface. And now we have another benchmark, starring the supposed Verizon-bound version of the super-phone, model number SCH-I545.


With Verizon’s S3 also dubbed SCH-I535, there’s almost no doubt in our minds this new I545 is the S4. What we could question is the reliability of the NenaMark 2 benchmark, although everything does seem to check out.

In line with previous leaks and speculations, the GS4 is again listed as packing a 1,920 x 1,080 Full HD screen and a 1.9 GHz processor. The CPU’s model and make are not mentioned, but, judging by the Qualcomm Adreno 320 GPU, it’s most likely a quad-core Snapdragon.

Although the featuring of an “old” S4 Pro SoC clocked at a never before seen 1.9 GHz is still a possibility, some sources tell us that, if Sammy will go the Qualcomm way, it will do so for a spanking new Snapdragon 600 APQ8064T CPU.


Now, it might be weird to hear that Samsung is planning to reach out to a competitor instead of going for a “homebrewed” Exynos chip, but you might remember a little phone called the Galaxy S3. Last year’s flagship device used an Exynos Quad only in certain parts of the world, with the North American versions powered by a dual-core Krait from… Qualcomm.

So it all fits together, but here’s what doesn’t – the 58.70 NenaMark 2 result. That’s super close to GNote 2’s scores, which doesn’t sound right. The Korean GS4 blew the Note 2 out of the water in GLBenchmark, so why should this new test be any different?

Oh, well, the truth is out there, and, while we may not have the full story yet, we promise you we won’t rest until seeing all the pieces of the puzzle falling into place. In the meantime, let the speculations begin. Again. Will the S4 come rocking a 1.9 GHz Snapdragon 600 processor? And if so, will that be enough to not disappoint you?

  • MasterMuffin

    I believe it’s going to be like you said, Qualcomm for USA/Canada and few other areas and international version will have THE MIGHTY Exynos

    • zeusk

      exynos sucks ass

      • Luis Augusto Fretes Cuevas

        That’s just not true. The GPUs in Exynos processors have been faster in every single iteration than those in the SOCs of the competition (Android).

        • Mulfunction

          I think he means the lack of documentation for exynos chip that stop some ROM developer to develop for Exynos SoC.

        • zeusk

          O rly ? pls tell me about how bad the exynos 4412 prime (in the Note 2) loses to the adreno 320 (in the nexus 4).

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  • hassan

    exynos 5 octa can easily compete with any new version of qualcomm snapdragon 600,800 series and its gpu also lolZ
    lets hope that samsung would put its own exynos 5 octa

  • me

    Well great

  • I don’t want some mid-high end chip that is going to be outdated in performance in a few months. I want a true competitor. Either with the Snapdragon 800 or Exynos Octa

    • Bone

      Those are not yet ready for cheap mass production, so there’s so much Samsung can do.

      • They can hold back the release date a few extra months, I don’t know why they have to get the jump even earlier than when the S III took off at this time to up the competition. Their brand name will still sell them more phones in the meantime. They should just focus on bringing the most complete and competitive product to the market

    • Simon Belmont

      I agree. If not an Exynos Octa, then a Snapdragon 800.

      If that were the case, ironically, it would be another Qualcomm CPU equipped Android phone in my household. Every Android phone we’ve had here has had a Qualcomm CPU, dating back to a Sprint HTC Hero (my first Android device).

  • ryallen

    I hope all variants have the same processor and ram this time around…

  • I want LONG battery life!!!!!!

  • yahyoh

    no thats not gonna happen for the flagship , they will use Exynos for all S IV models like the note 2

  • Guest

    Oh wow. This article…. How could someone even remotely think that Samsung will put a Qualcomm-chip in they’re INTERNATIONAL handset. This is just plain wrong. Samsung is a huge company and is not dumb enough to do that. I am 100% positive that you are going to see an Exynos-chip inside the the flagship devices. If not all the phones atleast the internetional ones for sure.

    • Jose Hernandez

      Where did this article say that the International version of the handset had a Qualcomm chip? They actually specify very clearly that the international version of the S3 was an Exynos processor, while the US version was the only one that had the Qualcomm chip. Also, this post is talking about the US Verizon wireless version of the S4, not an international one. So it is possible that Samsung will use a Qualcomm chip for the US Verizon version. Oh wow, did you even read the whole thing before you posted?

  • Bone

    Interesting. Thought Samsung dropped the HW fragmentation with the Note II.

  • HellG

    this doesn’t look so good, many variants now seem to have the S4 Pro, i’m sure even the Exynos 5 Dual is faster than the Pro, so what’s up with that? why go for a chip with a separate 4G modem in the first place (more power consumption)…..

    • Exactly. If it has to be a Qualcomm chip, it would have to be the Snapdragon 800 series that’s coming out in the second quarter

  • Nenamark is Vsync limited!, meaning that a device can’t go over 60 FPS, you notice that the min and the max are same, the test is too easy for the GPU, basically it is a BS test for modern devices.

    I thought to be a tech journalist, you would have to know a little about technical issues, or at the very least be intelligent enough to research them, but evidently not, maybe the OP gives good head or knows a friendly goat?

  • Joshhud

    Yeah they will use their own chip. They did just werent ready for 4G when the S3 came out

  • Jose Hernandez

    Hopefully this is just a Verizon thing and all other carriers will get the Exynos processor.

  • Nenamark is vsync and since most ( if not all ) phones are vsync at 60fps you arent going to see scores more than 58-62fps. As for the rumors of galaxy using a qualcom chip i highly doubt it since the reason for GS3 using a qualcom chip for USA is because the first banch of exynos 4412 didnt have an LTE radio so samsung turned to Qualcomm. Since Note 2 exynos chips are equiped with LTE as well so i doubt GS4 will have anything other than an exynos ( maybe the device listed here isnt galaxy s4 )

  • Simon Belmont

    The Note II has an Exynos Quad with LTE. I see no reason why all of the SGS4 phones couldn’t have the Exynos Octa with LTE.

    It could very well just boil down to supply constraints though. If they do go with Qualcomm on some variants, I want a Snapdragon 800 chip, hands down.

  • surinder

    I want long battery backup