Samsung Galaxy S4 Exynos 5 Octa Benchmark Scores And Initial Hands-On Impressions

The Galaxy S4 is now available in nearly every major market(s) of the world. However, most of the major markets, including the United States are getting the Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 powered Galaxy S4, and not the Exynos powered one. The Exynos 5410 powered Galaxy S4 is an interesting handset since it is the first mobile device ever to make use of ARM’s big.LITTLE technology. The Exynos 5410 consists of four ARM-A15 cores clocked at 1.6GHz, and four low-powered Cortex-A7 cores.

The basic idea behind ARM’s big.LITTLE technology is that for general usage the handset uses the low-power consuming Cortex A7 cores, thus saving battery life. It is only when the user runs an intensive game, benchmark, browses a heavy website or when the device is under heavy load that the ARM-A15 cores switch themselves on to provide the performance boost. Samsung is only releasing the Exynos 5410 powered Galaxy S4 in non-LTE network markets, since the Exynos powered SGS4 does not support LTE networks.

I managed to spend some time with the Exynos variant of the Galaxy S4, and also managed to run some of the most popular benchmarks on the phone.


The first benchmark I ran was the recently released 3D Mark for Android. I ran the Ice Storm test, and the results were pretty surprising. The Exynos powered Galaxy S4 managed to score 9439 points, which is lower than that of the Nexus 4. However, I won’t consider 3D Mark to be accurate, since according to them the Xperia SP — a dual core Snapdragon Krait phone – manages to beat the Exynos 5 Octa variant of the Galaxy S4.



Next, I ran AnTuTu where the Galaxy S4 managed to score 25346 points.


I then ran the popular and, arguably, one of the best benchmarks apps available on the Android platform – GLBenchmark. In each and every benchmark, the PowerVR SGX544MP3 GPU inside the Galaxy S4 flexed its muscle and came out on top. The Galaxy S4 managed to beat the HTC One, Nexus 10, Nexus 4 and even the iPhone 5.



You can compare the Galaxy S4 scores with other phones from AnandTech’s HTC One GPU performance review page.

Here is how the Galaxy S4 performs in browser based benchmarks like SunSpider and Google’s Octane benchmark. I ran both the benchmarks on the stock Samsung browser as well as on the latest stable version of Chrome.



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For comparison sake, my Nexus 4 scores 1297ms on the SunSpider benchmark on the AOSP browser, and around 1500 points in the Octane benchmark. On the other hand, the HTC One scores 1110ms, and the iPhone 5 scores 908ms in the SunSpider benchmark. In the Google Octane benchmark, the HTC One (using the Chrome browser) scores 2032 points, and surprisingly, the Nexus 10 scores a whopping 3784 beating the Galaxy S4 by a huge margin. The huge difference in points can be attributed to the thermal restrictions of both the devices.

Initial Hands-On Impression

The first thing that will strike you about the Galaxy S4 is the screen-to-bezel ratio. Samsung has done a commendable job in fitting a 5-inch screen inside a phone whose dimensions are the same as its predecessor. The Super AMOLED HD screen on the Galaxy S4 is also much brighter than the display found on the Galaxy Note 2 and S3.

What kills the excellent hardware of Galaxy S4 is TouchWIZ. TouchWIZ on the Galaxy S2 was decent enough with good usability features. On the Galaxy S3, TouchWIZ felt slightly bloated, and on the Galaxy S4, Samsung has taken the meaning of bloat to a whole new level. The new re-organized Settings menu is simply terrible and just confuses the user. All the new S-features are nothing but a gimmick as well.

All these bloat does show its negative side as well. In day-to-day usage, you will actually find the Nexus 4 smoother than the Galaxy S4. For example, the browser switching animation/process on the Galaxy S4 is terribly slow, and by the time the browser tab window opened in the S4, I had opened two new tabs on my Nexus 4. I had used a pre-production HTC One back in mid-March and never did the device lag once. The Galaxy S4, even with a much faster and arguably superior chipset, and the final retail software, lags in some places and this is downright unacceptable.

US Cellular Galaxy S4 Pre-Sales Begins From April 16

Earlier this week, Three UK has started accepting the pre-orders of the Galaxy S4. After some days, it was announced that AT&T will start the pre-sales from April 16 in the US. Now, US Cellular is the country’s second wireless carrier to join the bandwagon. Samsung has already announced that the Galaxy S4 will not be released before April-end.

Samsung has sold more than 50 million units of the Galaxy S III. This handset is expected to even break the record of its predecessor. If you are still unaware of the complete features, then check out the complete specs after the break.


Samsung Galaxy S4 features a 5 inch Super-AMOLED display, sporting a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels, 1.9 GHz quad-core processor, Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) OS, TouchWiz Nature UX, 13 megapixel rear-facing camera with autofocus and flash, full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 2 megapixel front-facing camera for video chats, Corning Gorilla Glass 3 and more.

It also comes with a 3.5 mm headset jack, Stereo FM Radio with RDS, 16 GB internal memory, microSD card slot, 64 GB expandable memory, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, 4G LTE Connectivity, Smart stay, Smart pause, Smart scroll, full HTML web browser, DLNA, HDMI out, Bluetooth 4.0 with EDR, 2 GB RAM, Wi-Fi Direct and a 2600 mAh Lithium-ion battery.

US Cellular subscribers can pre-order the Galaxy S4 from April 16. The price and release date has not been announced yet. You can sign-up at the US Cellular’s website to receive an email reminder about the online pre-order offer.

AT&T Galaxy S4 Pre-Orders Begins From April 16th

Today, AT&T announced that it will start taking pre-orders for the latest and greatest Samsung flagship – the Galaxy S4 – beginning from April 16th. The handset will cost users back by $249.99 with a two-year contract. This makes AT&T the first U.S carrier to announce the pre-order of the handset.


The Galaxy S4 is the successor to the massively popular Galaxy S3, and sports a 5-inch Full HD (1080p) Super AMOLED screen inside a body that is actually thinner and smaller than the Galaxy S3. While Samsung and AT&T have not confirmed yet, the AT&T version of the Galaxy S4 will sport a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 SoC clocked at 1.9GHz, along with 2GB of RAM and 16/32GB of internal memory.

Other specs of the Galaxy S4 include a 13MP camera in the back, a 2MP snapper in the front, an IR blaster, NFC, GPS with A-GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, LTE and the usual bunch of sensors. The Galaxy S4 is the first handset to pack in some new sensors including a thermometer, hygroscope and a barometer. It also runs on Android 4.2.2 with Samsung’s TouchWIZ UX 2.0 on top of it that contains a truck load of software gimmicks including Air View, Multi Window, Group Play, Smart Scrolling and much more.

Samsung To Update Galaxy S2 And Galaxy Note To Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean

The folks over at SamMobile have received a list of devices that Samsung will be upgrading to Android 4.2.2, post which they will reach their EOL (End of Life). The Korean giant will be updating the Galaxy S II and Galaxy Note, its flagship devices for 2011, to Android 4.2.2 sometime this year.


Samsung added a lot of new features to the Galaxy S II and the Galaxy Note when it rolled out the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update for the devices. It was assumed that with this is going to be the last software update for these handsets, since they were pretty old anyway. However, Samsung thinks otherwise and will be bringing Android 4.2.2 to them, even though Android 4.2 does not really bring anything major to the table.

Other devices that Samsung will be bringing Android 4.2.2 to include the Galaxy Ace 2, Galaxy S III Mini, Galaxy Beam, Galaxy Express , Galaxy Grand DUOS and the Galaxy Grand.

Samsung will also be updating the Galaxy S III and its various variants, along with the Note 2 and Galaxy Note 8/10.1 to Android 5.0, when Google launches it later this year at Google I/O. Keep in mind that this list is not final, and Samsung can change its decision anytime they want, so don’t get your hopes too high.

Verizon Galaxy Nexus Android 4.2.2 Update Leaks

Over the weekend, Verizon started the Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean soak update for the Galaxy Nexus. As the norm is, it was just a matter of time before the download link of the update made its way on XDA. The OTA update package is now available for all advanced Verizon Galaxy Nexus users to flash on their phone.

Before you jump over and start flashing the OTA file on your phone, make sure that you are running 100% stock Android 4.1.1 on your Galaxy Nexus. This is an OTA update package, and not a full ROM, so you need to be on stock. If you are on stock but with root access, you can simply flash the OTA update package using CWM or TWRP recovery.

Apart from the usual Android 4.2.2 improvements including lock screen widgets, quick settings, and a new gesture keyboard, Samsung and Google have also included a new radio. Early reports on XDA suggest that the new radio has helped in increasing the 4G LTE signal for quite a few folks out there.

Verizon should roll out the Android 4.2.2 update officially for the Galaxy Nexus within a couple of weeks, so if you are not too keen on installing the update manually, just sit back and relax for sometime.

The download link along with the relevant instructions can be found here.

Nexus 4 Android 4.2.2 (JDQ39) Update Now Rolling Out

Google has finally started rolling out the Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean update for the Nexus 4. Google had started rolling out the Android 4.2.2 update for the Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 a couple of days ago, but surprisingly did not roll out the update for the Nexus 4.

The Android 4.2.2 update is mainly aimed at fixing the Bluetooth streaming issues that have been plaguing the Nexus devices since the Android 4.2 update. Other changes include new notifications sound, improved performance and battery life on the Nexus 7, the ability to directly toggle Wi-Fi and Bluetooth from Quick Settings by long-pressing them, and tons of under the hood changes.

The update for the Nexus 4 also includes a new radio/baseband and an updated kernel that should greatly help in improving the battery life of the handset. The OTA update should be available to all Nexus 4 owners over the next couple of weeks.

If you have root access on your Nexus 4, you can download the OTA manually from here, and then flash it via a custom recovery.

Android 4.2.2 Update Rolling Out For Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 7 And Nexus 10

Google has finally started rolling out the Android 4.2.2 update for the Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 7 and the Nexus 10. The .1 bump in the Android OS version denotes some under the hood bug-fixes from Google, mainly related to the broken Bluetooth stack that was introduced in Android 4.1.1.

The update also bumps the Android build number to JDQ39. As of now, only Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 owners have got the OTA update. There is no confirmation from Google whether the Nexus 4 will get the OTA update or not.

Early report suggests that the Bluetooth streaming works better now, but it is still not perfect. The OTA update also includes a new radio/modem for the Galaxy Nexus that may or may not bring about an improvement in network reception and power consumption.

Via – Reddit

Android 4.2.2 Shown Running On A Nexus 4

Rumors about Android 4.2.2 running on a Nexus 4 started floating around since last week, when an image of a Nexus 4 running Android 4.2.2 surfaced in Brazil. The rumor indicated that the latest batch of Nexus 4 rolling out from LG’s factory in Brazil is already running Android 4.2.2.

Today, a Czech site – – casually showed off Android 4.2.2 running on a Nexus 4 in an overview video of the phone. The previous image and this video all but confirm the existence of Android 4.2.2. Don’t expect Android 4.2.2 to bring any new features or UI changes though.

The minor bump in the Jelly Bean version is only aimed at improving the overall performance, stability and battery life of all the Nexus devices, that has gone down considerably in Android 4.2.1.

If you think that the above video is fake and just a build.prop edit, then check the video again. The leaked picture and the video show the Nexus 4 using a newer .44 radio/baseband that at least, for me, proves the authenticity of the video and image.