While Samsung wasn’t very open about the Galaxy S4 U.S version during its presentation, we now have confirmation that the U.S will be getting a different version of the smartphone. Just like last year’s Galaxy S3, the Galaxy S4 will have two versions; one will release to U.S while the other will be the international one. So what version will be the best between the two, or will both fair exactly alike? These are the questions which are yet to be answered by the company or by through benchmarking. But it doesn’t hurt to gauge both the versions.
The Galaxy S4 U.S version will be housing a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 chip while the Galaxy S4 International version will get Exynos 5 one. The Exynos 5 chip is Samsung’s own homebrew creation which is based on ARM’s big.LITTLE architecture.
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor has 4 cores to play with which will be running at 1.9 GHz. The Exynos 5 Octa, as the name implies will have 8 cores which will clock at a slightly less 1.6 GHz.
Theoretically and mathematically the number 8 is obviously better than 4. But the thing about the Samsung’s Exynos 5 Octa is that it is not 8 cores working together. The big.LITTLE architecture allows a single chip to house 8 cores which are further divided into 2 groups. One is the performance cluster while the other is the power efficient one. So when we talk about Exynos 5 Octa, we are talking about a quad core processor which has 8 cores, and 4 of them will kick-in when you need performance centric boosts while the other will do the less demanding jobs.
The Galaxy S4 U.S version houses a fairly powerful Adreno 320 GPU which has been seen on several devices. The Galaxy S4 International version however houses a PowerVR SGX 544MP3, 3-Core GPU which is over-clocked to 533 Mhz. This is almost the same which some Apple devices use. We are more inclined towards the Galaxy S4 International version on this.
So who wins?
It is really tough to say this at this time, without solid benchmark results from Exynos 5 chips. The galaxy S4 is the very first device to house it. On paper 8 cores sounds really impressive, but we all know that is not the case when it comes to Exynos 5 Octa chips. Both the chips will be power efficient, in their own special way.
Who we think will win?
Our money is riding on the Galaxy S4 U.S version to sweep the benchmark results, but that’s about it. We are only going to confirm when the device goes through vigorous benchmarking and usage. Until then there won’t be a clear cut winner. So the in-house battle between Galaxy S4 U.S vs Galaxy S4 international version is put on hold.