Galaxy S4

Currently the Samsung Galaxy S4 is available with either a Snapdragon 600 or an Exynos 5 chip onboard, but a third processor configuration could soon be available as well.

Last week we reported on the Galaxy S4 SHV-E330S, powered by a Snapdragon 800 and featuring LTE-Advanced support. Now the device has appeared again in AnTuTu, breaking all existing records.

With a score of 31,491, it’s hard not to be impressed by the SHV-E330S. It’s also hard not to be more than a little confused. After all, when the SHV-E330S was first revealed, we posted up an AnTuTu benchmark score that was quite low for the Snapdragon 800, at just 24,179.


Why the big jump now? Honestly, there are many possible reasons.

First, every time you run a benchmark, you are likely to get a slightly different result. The reason for this is that sometimes different resources and background processes may be running that could effect the result.

Additionally, the Snapdragon 800-powered S4 might not have been properly optimized at the time of the first test.

Keep in mind that there is still the possibility that the SHV-E330S is a fake. That said, the same handset number has already passed Wi-Fi and DLNA certification, so it is seemingly more and more likely that the SHV-E330S is real.

The biggest remaining question is where and when the handset might emerge. Currently all evidence points to the Snapdragon 800-powered S4 coming exclusively to Korea, though again – nothing is official until Sammy says it is. If the Snapdragon 800 model of the S4 does make its way outside of Korea, would you be interested in picking it up?

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