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Samsung Galaxy S4 Variants Compared Side-by-Side: Korean Galaxy S4 Appears to Be the Fastest

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All three versions of the Samsung Galaxy S4 based on processor type were compared on a recent SamMobile report, and just as one may guess, the version powered by an eight-core Samsung Exynos 5 Octa processor is one impressive device.

To be specific, the eight-core Galaxy S4, which will be released in a limited number of countries, reportedly provides 20 percent more power than the quad-core Snapdragon 600 version. This “international” version, apparently, isn’t the most powerful of the three S4 variants. The South Korean version looks to be 30 percent more powerful than the quad-core Galaxy S4, as it comes with a faster version of the Exynos 5 Octa, clocked at 1.8 GHz. Other eight-core Galaxy S4 variants run at a clock speed of 1.6 GHz.

If that makes your mouth water thinking of what would have happened if your market had the eight-core version lined up for release, there’s no need to fret; according to reports, 70 percent of initial Galaxy S4 shipments will come with the Snapdragon 600 under the hood. And that 70 percent would include all carrier-branded US editions.


Moreover, the Snapdragon 600 is no slouch at all, and powers other high-end devices such as the HTC One.

With an Exynos Octa under the hood, the Galaxy S4 should be able to perform better even when using rich applications, while making even better use of battery life; according to Samsung, the Exynos Octa processor utilizes 50 percent less power than quad-core processors based on Cortex-A15 architecture. In terms of raw numbers, Sam Mobile revealed an AnTuTu benchmark score of 28,018 for the international eight-core Galaxy S4 variant (GT-I9500), as compared to the 23,607 for the quad-core (GT-I9505) version.

Benchmark scores are still unavailable for the Korean version (SHV-E300S), but sources estimate a score above the 30,000 mark, considering the faster clock speed.

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