It appears as though Samsung has begun the testing phase for its successor to the Galaxy S III, albeit with lower-end specs. The benchmark outs the device as wielding a WVGA display and dual-core 1.2GHz processor. Of course the rumored Galaxy S IV powerhouse won’t be sporting those measly specifications, but before you rule this leak out as a fake, keep in mind that Samsung consistently tests pre-production firmware on devices with lower specs than the model that will actually see a release.
For example, last year we encountered several early benchmarks of the Galaxy S III with these very same hardware components (which began showing up in December). This allows Samsung to thoroughly test preliminary software and make inherent changes on a test unit, despite not having the actual components that will be present in the GS4.
It was last month that we heard that the reason for Galaxy Note 10.1 delay was for a nice little hardware bump, replacing its dual-core chip with the faster, more powerful quad-core Exynos 4412. Now we aren’t entirely positive that this is to be the case, but remember, a Samsung spokesperson said that the device would be entirely different than when it was announced at MWC so we have no reason to believe a quad-core jump wouldn’t be in favor.
To back up that theory, a new Galaxy Note 10.1 NenaMark benchmark test result shows a frame rate of 58.8 fps. This is a frame speed similar to the one that the Transformer Prime can produce, a device with a blazing fast quad-core processor. Just to make a comparison, the 1.4GHz dual-core Galaxy Tab 7.7 scores a 44fps and the Galaxy Note brings in 48fps. This is quite a large increase in speed and my speculation suggests it’s because a quad-core chip was used in this recent NenaMark test.
As it goes with any rumors or speculation, this Exynos 4412 idea should be taken with a grain of salt. It won’t be until we get official confirmation that we will for sure know that the Galaxy Note 10.1 will be rocking a quad-core chip. Stay tuned…
You remember that ICS Update for the HTC Vivid smartphone we mentioned last week? Not only did it bring improved sound quality to the device, it’s also brought better overall performance of the device. VentureBeat reports the device with Android 4.0 may be seeing up to 66 percent faster than when the device operated on Android 2.3. This makes the Vivid the first device outside of the Galaxy Nexus in the U.S. to not only feature ICS, but to show the benefits of the updated software through measurable performance. Read on to see the direct comparison of Android 2.3 vs. Android 4.0 on the Vivid smartphone.
Back when it was first leaked that Sprint would be sporting a Galaxy Nexus of their own it was suggested that their version of the phone would be running a 1.5GHz processor. Considering the original runs a 1.2 GHz OMAP processor everyone was a little surprised. It caught some to question the fact that Google and Samsung would consider dropping a higher-end Galaxy Nexus on the world. Well if the benchmark folk NenaMark have anything to say about it, then a higher-end Galaxy Nexus we shall have!
The Droid Razr, Droid HD, Spyder, or whatever you want to call it has shown up on a benchmark at Nenamark. Of course these benchmarks could be completely false, but they show a qHD screen (960×540), 1.2GHz processor, and Android 2.3.5. I would be very surprised if the processor wasn’t at least dual-core and it has been reported to possibly be an OMAP. The Razr is still hanging out in Rumorville right now, but hit up the break to catch the benchmark capture. After seeing the Droid HD in CelleBrite we should be getting more solid information soon.
Nenamark results for a Pantech tablet with the model number P4100 have surfaced, giving us an early peek into a future Android Honeycomb 3.2 device for AT&T. Although scarce, the additional details do implicate a promising 1.5GHz Qualcomm processor with an Adreno 220 GPU and a display with 1024×720 resolution. The results don’t spill all the beans, but it certainly drops some juicy clues for a device worth keeping our eyes on.