Samsung GT-I9600 emerges in benchmark, new member of the Galaxy S family or shameless fake?

by: AdrianJanuary 2, 2013


Although it’s almost a guarantee that Samsung won’t be introducing any spectacular new flagship devices at CES or MWC, the rumors about the company’s 2013 line-up are pouring. The Galaxy S4 along with a mysterious GT-Q1000 device have been spotted right after New Year’s, and now another enigmatic figure has emerged courtesy of a NenaMark 2 benchmark result.

However, the GT-I9600 is not only secretive and mysterious, but awfully fishy, making us doubt the benchmark listing’s credibility. And that’s because of two things. First off, that model number just doesn’t add up with the latest rumors.

The Galaxy S4 is believed to carry the GT-I9500 model number, and, based on Samsung’s traditional naming scheme, a device with an I9600 codename should be superiorly specced. But, according to the NenaMark 2 benchmark, this not only is inferior to the S4, but is in no way better than the S3 (model number GT-I9300).


In fact, the “I9600” has basically the same specs as the S3 – a 1.4 GHz quad-core processor, Mali-400 MP graphics, a 1,280 x 720 pixels resolution panel and Android 4.1.2. So, what would be the point of launching a “new” phone with such similar hardware to an “old” one? None whatsoever, which brings us to today’s second point of order.

Samsung does not need any more brand dilution and that’s a fact! The Galaxy S3, Note and Note 2 have brought the company on even terms with Apple in the high-end segment of the smartphone market, but that’s because people could easily distinguish Sammy’s top-tier products from the low-enders and mid-rangers.

Devices such as the Galaxy S3 mini can only undermine the power of the Samsung high-end brand on the long-haul, and with Tizen smartphones a higher probability than ever, the last thing the Galaxy S family needs is another easy to mistake member.

And that, my friends, is why the GT-I9600, even if it does exist, should never see daylight with the above mentioned specs. Who’s with me?

  • blowntoaster

    I say it’s Samsung getting the Rumor mill going and confusing everyone…the buildup to the next great reveal has begun…

  • MasterMuffin

    True. BTW I’m really excited and eagerly waiting for the Full HD AMOLED screen (no pentile), any news on that?

    • Jim McNeely

      the Galaxy Note 2 has a non-pentile display. It looks pretty nice to me, but the pentile displays never bothered me that much either.

      • MasterMuffin

        Yep, I know and Pentile has never really bothered me that much but it would just stop some of the samsung and amoled haters if they saw that beauty!

      • kascollet

        Non-pentile, yes, but still not strictly RGB yet (the three sub pixels have uneven size and location). It’s half-way to perfect RGB disposition.

  • I can bet a pineapple Jelly Bean, that Samsung won’t tell a word about the Galaxy SIV in the CES…

  • Alan Ng

    easy,,! s3.,. with tizen inside.

  • aj

    maybe, this was one of the first prototype of the s4 and they were trying to test it with 720p resolution and a little dated hardware..
    this is something like made a placard, u first test it with thin paper then with cardboard and then with hard cardboard

  • i think it’s some idiot that changed his model number to fake this. just a s3 with a bumped up model number. it isn’t that hard.

    • MasterMuffin

      I thought the same!

  • Travel Gnome

    i disagree that samsung offering mid range devices is a bad thing. Opening up options for people that are not “power users” that done want top end phones expands the base of their customers and puts their name out more, something that apple fails to do.

    For example Im waiting for a s4 (on a very stable JB ROM s+ atm) so I look forward to it. On the other hand my wife is not a power user, so I got her a s3 mini, its perfect for her because it carries the style of the s3 she likes, but its a manageable size and at a cheaper price point with the lower hardware so overall a better fit for her.

  • Tmobile LTE S3?