With the newer Snapdragon 805 being all the rage as the processor to beat, other chipsets have a decent uphill battle facing them as they attempt to dethrone the Qualcomm chip. Only one has been able to do that so far, and that’s Nvidia’s Tegra K1. However if benchmarks are to be believed, the second chip to do so is the Exynos 5433. Codenamed “HelsinkiPro” the SoC is said to be an upgraded version of the Exyno 5430 — codenamed Helsinki. See what they did there?
Just yesterday, we got a look at the back of the Galaxy S 5 Zoom. And today we (sort of) have a look at the inside of Samsung’s camera variant for the Galaxy S 5. The people of SamMobile were able to obtain the device’s AnTuTu benchmarks as well as additional information. In doing so, they found out some more specifications for the GS5 Zoom, model number SM-C115. The focus is the camera so we will start there. On the back is a 20.2MP sensor and on the front is one with 2.1MP. It does have optical image stabilization (OIS) technology and 10x optical zoom. To make sure you do not run low on storage, Samsung has included a microSD card slot.
The display is 4.8 inches and SuperAMOLED HD technology with a 1280×720 resolution. Under the hood is Samsung’s Exynos 5 processor that has six cores with big.LITTLE HMP technology from ARM. And right out of the box, Samsung is giving the Galaxy S 5 Zoom the latest version of Android, 4.4.2 KitKat. The bump to Android 4.4.3 will likely come in over the summer.
Add this to the not so shocking category of news that we cover, but it appears that HTC is actually boosting its all new HTC One’s benchmarks. Citing a “high performance mode” the company admits that yes, it does indeed boost these scores. Like other companies, Samsung for example, HTC engineers have “optimized” the software to run in certain scenarios. The folks at c|net received an email in response to this discovery, and an HTC rep had this to say:
Remember back in July when Samsung was caught boosting its benchmark scores? After this happened, the company responded with the usual defense. Now, thanks to the Android 4.4 KitKat update, Samsung took some time to remove the code that was causing the boosting. Through some testing, Ars Technica and Geekbench were able to find that the scores for both the Galaxy S 4 and Galaxy Note 3 came up short when compared to the scores from when they ran Android 4.3 Jell Bean. And the difference was quite substantial. The single-core score went from 682 to 674 and the multi-core score dropped from 2114 to 1913.
Shortly after this news came out, developer Wanam was able to confirm this news. He told Android Police on Twitter that Samsung’s KitKat builds lacked the “com.sec.android.app.twdvfs” package previously present. So there you have it, Samsung its benchmark-boosting phantom to avoid further negative attention. Now let’s see how the Galaxy S 5 stacks up to the competition this year.
Later this week we anticipate the official announcement of the LG G Pro 2, which should become one of LG’s flagship devices along with the LG G2. While some details have been leaking out about the device, like the photographer friendly features, the latest bit of information focuses more on some of the base hardware. According to some new entries in the AnTuTu Benchmark, the LG G Pro 2 will ship with a Snapdragon 800 processor running at 2.26 GHz mated to an Adreno 330 graphics chip, 3GB of RAM, and a full 1080p HD screen. No word yet on the exact size of the screen, though it is believed to be close to 6 inches putting in the large format, frequently called phablet, category of smartphone.
We’re starting to hear more about the M8, HTC’s follow-up to the HTC One. Today’s rumor is brought to you by an AnTuTu benchmark that is showing an HTC device with the name 0P6B120. Normally, these early device benchmarks are to be expected, but what’s special about this one is just how high the mystery device is scoring. The results pin the device with a score of just over 36,000, which beats similar devices (Samsung Note 3, LG G2, etc) by a few thousand points. Obviously we’ve seen that benchmarks don’t actually equate to real-world performance, and benchmarks are extremely easy to manipulate, but this could definitely be one of the first devices to run one of Qualcomm’s slightly faster Snapdragon 805 CPUs.
In another example of how the user experience should be on the forefront of importance in terms of buying a phone and that specs are a thing of the past; it has come to light that Samsung is not the only one to pad their britches in terms of Benchmark scores. For those that don’t know, Samsung was again, caught boosting benchmarks of their latest flagship device the Galaxy Note 3, much like that of the Galaxy S 4. There’s been back and forth to the relevance of such scores as all companies on one level or another do this. For those that want to put their money where their mouths are in such an argument can now do so with evidence to back it up. The folks at AnandTech put together a report showcasing all the OEMs that do and don’t do this.
Late last night we reported that Samsung might have been trying to force their benchmark scores to look a little better on the Galaxy S 4. It was found that the phone would run at higher frequencies when running benchmark apps. Samsung has chimed in on the matter and claims that the phone will run at higher frequencies for apps used in full-screen mode but also demand substantial performance. Benchmark apps would be included in this, but so would S Browser, the Gallery, Camera, and the Video Player. Samsung actually lowers the GPU frequency to 480MHz for certain gaming apps that could cause an overload. When using the other apps I mentioned, the GPU speed goes back up to 533MHz. This move is more for providing “optimal performance” for customers, not to increase benchmark results. Hit the break for their full statement.
The Samsung Galaxy S 4 will launch with one of two different processors depending on what country you live in, and according to the latest benchmarks, Samsung’s Exynos 5 Octa outperforms Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 600 when running the latest test firmware. There are three different versions of the Galaxy S 4: The GT-I9500 running a Exynos 5 Octa at 1.6 GHz without LTE, GT-I9505 running a Snapdragon 600 at 1.9 GHz with LTE, and a Korean variant, the SHV-E300S running a Exynos 5 Octa at 1.8 GHz with LTE. In these new benchmarks, the GT-I9500 and GT-I9505 went head-to-head.
Here’s some fuel for the fire; we’ve got some benchmarks showing up from a device with a model number of SCH-I545. Could it be Verizon’s Galaxy S IV? Following Verizon’s naming conventions for their Samsung devices, like the SCH-I535 for the S III and the SCH-I515 for the Galaxy Nexus, logic says yes, this will be the Galaxy S IV, complete with a 1.9 GHz Snapdragon processor and 1080p screen. This lines up with all the details we’ve been hearing about the device. However, it does also dampen the possibility of the device launching with the Exynos 5 processor, as was the case with the Korean S IV benchmarks. Although we still don’t know anything for certain, it won’t be too much longer until the official release.