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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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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Google Octane scores -:

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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.

Samsung Galaxy S4 To Launch In India On April 26

Last month, Samsung unveiled the much-awaited Galaxy S4 smartphone at the New York’s iconic Radio City Music Hall. Samsung has not revealed the price of this device, however the company has announced that the Galaxy S4 will go on sale from April-end in Europe and Asia. Today, Samsung India has finally started sending out the invites for the Galaxy S4 launch. As expected, this device will be officially launched on Friday, April 26 in India.

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Samsung Galaxy S4 features a 5 inch Super-AMOLED display, sporting a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels, Corning Gorilla Glass 3, 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 and much more.

It also comes with a 3.5 mm headset jack, Stereo FM Radio with RDS, Smart stay, Smart pause, Smart scroll, 16 GB internal memory, microSD card slot, 64 GB expandable memory, full HTML web browser, DLNA, HDMI out, Bluetooth 4.0 with EDR, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, 3G/4G Connectivity, 2 GB RAM, Wi-Fi Direct and a 2600 mAh Lithium-ion battery.

Samsung Galaxy S4 is expected to come with a price tag of Rs.42,000, however the street price is expected to be around Rs.40,000. Samsung Galaxy S4 will be available in both White Frost and Black Mist colors. This handset will compete with high-end smartphones such as HTC One, Sony Xperia Z and BlackBerry Z10 in India.

AT&T And Sprint Getting The HTC One On April 19th From $199.99

Today, HTC has finally announced the pre-order, release date and the pricing of the its latest flagship — the One — on two major U.S carriers, Sprint and AT&T.

Both the carriers will start selling the One from April 19th via their retail stores or website with the 32GB variant coming in at $199.99 with a two-year contract. As rumored earlier, AT&T has managed to snag an exclusive on the 64GB variant of the One, and will sell it for $249.99 on a two-year contract.

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AT&T will start taking pre-orders for the HTC One from April 4th, while Sprint will start taking them from 5th April. T-Mobile is now the only carrier left in the United States that is yet to announce its pricing and release date of the One. Verizon will not be selling the HTC One under its network, but it is widely expected that the HTC will release a modified variant of the One under Verizon’s sometime soon.

With a hard release date of April 19th, HTC has managed to beat the Galaxy S4 to the market in the United States. The pre-orders for the Galaxy S4 start from April 16th, with the handset being available only by the end of the month.

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.

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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.

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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 Galaxy S4 Up For Pre-Order At Three UK

Earlier this month, Samsung unveiled its latest flagship device, the Samsung Galaxy S4. Sadly, the Korean manufacturer will start shipping this device from April-end in Europe and Asia. I’m sure almost everyone is eagerly waiting to get their hands-on this device. However, Three subscribers in the UK can finally pre-order the much-awaited Galaxy S4 and begin the countdown. As expected, Three UK’s variant will come with the 1.9 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 quad-core processor instead of the 1.6 GHz Exynos 5 octa-core processor.

Tom Malleschitz, Marketing Director at Three said,
“Following the phenomenal success of the Samsung Galaxy S III we’re very excited to bring the Samsung Galaxy S4 to Three. With so many great features, the Galaxy S4 is a sure fire crowd pleaser. We have every confidence that customers will be able to enjoy great speeds and get the ultimate mobile internet experience without a hefty price tag.”

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Samsung Galaxy S4 features a 5 inch Super-AMOLED display, sporting a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels, Corning Gorilla Glass 3, 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 and much more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, Stereo FM Radio with RDS, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, 4G LTE Connectivity, Smart stay, Smart pause, Smart scroll, 16 GB internal memory, microSD card slot, 64 GB expandable memory, 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.

Three UK subscribers can pre-order the Galaxy S4 right now. However, the wireless carrier will ship this device from April 26. This handset will be available for free with a two year service agreement. You will need to subscribe to the £35 per month Ultimate Internet 500 plan or £37 per month The One Plan. What are you waiting for? Just head over to this page and pre-order the powerful Galaxy S4.

HTC One To Be Available In All Major Markets Before End Of April

Today, HTC has released an official statement regarding the availability of the One in major markets and its delay. The company states that it “has seen unprecedented demand for and interest in the new HTC One” and will be making the handset available in the UK, Germany and Taiwan next week. Other major markets including Europe, North America and most of Asia-Pacific will get the One “before the end of April.”

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“HTC has seen unprecedented demand for and interest in the new HTC One, and the care taken to design and build it is evidenced in early reviews. The new HTC One will roll out in the UK, Germany and Taiwan next week and across Europe, North America and most of Asia-Pacific before the end of April. We appreciate our customers’ patience, and believe that once they have the phone in their hands they will agree that it has been worth the wait.”

When HTC had unveiled the One back in Feb, it had hoped to make the handset available in most markets by March. However, things have not really gone as the Taiwanese maker had planned with delays due to shortage of supplies of the handset’s camera components.

By the time the HTC One will be available in nearly all the major markets, the Samsung Galaxy S4 would have also hit shelves in the major markets, which will definitely make things tough for the Taiwanese maker. While the HTC One may have a better in-hand feel and other nice features compared to the Galaxy S4, it lacks the marketing and brand presence that Samsung’s Galaxy S series enjoy nowadays.

SwiftKey’s Prediction Engine Powers The Galaxy S4 Keyboard

Earlier today when Samsung announced the Galaxy S4, it did not mention anything about the inbuilt SwiftKey like keyboard. Rumors had suggested that Samsung has got the SwiftKey keyboard inbuilt on its latest Galaxy S flagship, but the lack of any word from Samsung on this matter left a doubt on everyone’s mind.

SwiftKey has now gone ahead and made the news official with a press release. This is the first time that SwiftKey will come integrated in a smartphone. In the words of SwiftKey’s CTO, “Samsung has chosen SwiftKey’s innovative keyboard technology to be at the heart of its flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S4. This is fantastic progress for our vision of bringing the best touchscreen typing experience to as many people as possible.”

However, the company does state that while Samsung does use SwiftKey’s prediction engine, the keyboard has been customized by Samsung and is not exactly the same version of the keyboard that is available on the Play Store.

Via – Engadget

Samsung To Bring Some Of The Galaxy S4 Features To Galaxy S3

The Galaxy S4 comes with a plethora of software features, which the company intends to bring to the Galaxy S3 as well. Samsung’s VP of Product Planning, Nick DiCarlo, has stated in an interview with PCMag that the Korean giant will bring “anything that we can do that’s not dependent on hardware like infrared, we’ll definitely bring to all the flagship devices.”

This means that not only will Samsung be bringing some of the Galaxy S4 software features to the Galaxy S3, but to the Note 2 as well.  It is not yet confirmed as to what all features Samsung will be bringing to its previous flagship phone, but don’t expect the new Air View, IR Blaster or other hardware dependent feature to make the cut. The enhanced Camera features and eye-tracking functionalities are the top contender that will may make it to the Galaxy S3 and Note 2.
Samsung should, hopefully, bring these features to the Galaxy S3 when it rolls out the Android 4.2.2 update for the handset sometime in the next few months.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Goes Official – Detailed Specs, Features And Release Date Inside!

After so many rumors and leaks, Samsung has finally unveiled its latest flagship Galaxy S handset – the Galaxy S4 to the public. As the rumors had suggested, the Galaxy S4 packs in a 4.99-inch Super-AMOLED display with Full HD (1920*1080) resolution. The ‘Adapt Display’ feature will automatically adjust the brightness, contrast, and saturation points depending on the content you are viewing and the available light. The new Super AMOLED display will also work with gloves on, which should be a relief for people living in hilly or snowy region.

While the Galaxy S4 looks similar to the Galaxy S3, it is slightly larger, sleeker (7.9mm), lighter and stronger. The design has just been tweaked a bit, and the bezel on the side has been given a faux-aluminium look.

Internally, the Galaxy S4 is powered by Samsung’s own Exynos 5 Octa SoC that consists of four ARM-A15 cores for performance, and four low-power ARM-A7 cores for battery life. The Galaxy S4 is the first Android handset in the world to sport an ARM Cortex-A15 SoC, as well as ARM’s big.LITTLE implementation. However, the LTE variants of the Galaxy S4 will use a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 SoC clocked at 1.9GHz.

On the storage side, the Galaxy S4 comes with 2GB of RAM and 16/32/64GB of internal storage along with a microSD card slot. On the connectivity side, the Galaxy S4 is fully loaded and packs NFC, GPS with A-GPS, Wi-Fi b/g/n/ac, IR blaster, LTE, MHL 2.0, Bluetooth 4.0+LE and is accompanied by 8 new sensors. Two new and notable ones include an Infrared Gesture and a temperature/humidity sensor. Even with such a slim body, Samsung has managed to fit a 2600mAh removable battery inside the Galaxy S4 that should be enough to last a day of medium to heavy usage.

The camera on the back is a 13MP f/2.2 aided by an LED flash, with a 2MP camera in the front. The dual camera feature allows you to record videos simultaneously from the front and back cameras. There are a lot of software based features for the Camera like the ability to remove unneeded objects from photos (Eraser), click a photo with sound, a Galaxy Camera inspired UI, Drama mode and more. The ‘Story Album’ feature creates new albums that automatically sorts all your pictures depending on your date and location.

Out of the box, the Galaxy S4 will be running on Android 4.2.2 with the second generation of Samsung’s nature inspired TouchWIZ UI on top of it. The Galaxy S3 had a bunch of software gimmicks/features like Smart Stay, Direct Call and Smart Rotation etc. The Galaxy S4 includes all of them along with introducing a few new ones like Smart Pause that automatically pauses a video when the user is not looking at the screen, Smart Scroll that automatically scrolls lists for you. Other features include S Translator which is something like Google Translate on steroids with support for 10 languages, Group Play — that allows a bunch of Galaxy S4 to connect to each other and play the same music without the need of a mobile connection and even play multiplayer games and share pictures, and S Health that tracks all the calories you have burnt through-out the day. Samsung will also be releasing some accessories to track your heart beat level etc that complement the S Health feature.

Air Gesture is an enhanced version of Air View, as seen on the Galaxy Note 2, that allows you to navigate through the phone without the need to touch the screen. You can even accept phone calls using a simple gesture. The Samsung Smart Switch application will allow seamless transfer of your data from your old handset to the new Galaxy S4, using your PC. The Knox feature will allow you to keep your personal and private files separate.

The Galaxy S4 will be available from the end of April across 327 mobile operators in 127 countries. The handset will be available in two colors – Black frost and White mist. Samsung will also be releasing a bunch of covers for the Galaxy S4 including an S View Cover that allows you to receive calls and get a sneak peek of your data without the need to open the cover.

Image Credit – The Verge