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Snapdragon 800-Powered Galaxy S4 Labeled as GT-i9506 Hits Benchmarks, Could See International Launch Outside of Korea

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Samsung has been quite the company when it comes to evolving and adapting their products to fit in with what consumers demand in their phones. At the time of launch, the Snapdragon 600 was the best of the best for what could power the Galaxy S4, but with the Snapdragon 800 now in mass production by Qualcomm, we could see Samsung fit the 800 inside of the S4, then ship it internationally – not just in Korea

According to previous reports, the Snapdragon 800 is set to launch inside of some big upcoming flagships, most notably LG’s G2 smartphone, Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3 and HTC’s One Max. For Samsung to keep their top-selling device on par with the second half of 2013’s lineup, a full integration of the Snapdragon 800 into the S4 would make sense.

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While re-releasing the Galaxy S4 with an updated processor would undoubtedly tick off thousands of current Galaxy S4 owners, Samsung is all about staying current and featuring the cutting-edge specs with their top devices. The current international model of the Galaxy S4 is model GT-i9505, so now that GT-i9506 has surfaced, we could be seeing the change take place in International markets, then the U.S.

While a chipset change is yet to be announced by Samsung, would this idea surprise anybody? Galaxy S4 owners, how upset would you be if this took place?

Via: Unwired View

  • Jacob May

    I currently own the Galaxy S4 on Verizon, and if the Snapdragon 800 model rolls out on Big Red, I’m definitely willing to spend 600-700 dollars on it! It would hurt to give away that kind of money… but I might just consider it unless the AWS LTE update turns out to be just as good.

  • Samsung is turning the mobile industry into an all out specs war in which phones are leading edge for only a couple months at best. This is exactly how the PC biz was back when it was hot. Can’t blame ’em.

  • Heon Jun Park

    What’s the point of releasing a phone with LTE-A when most of the world’s carriers hasn’t got the infrastructure to support it??
    Then again what do I know about this industry -.-

  • Voltism

    Samsung didn’t put the 800 on the s4 because it wasn’t out how is this even something to complain about. Stop the tears.

  • Brandon Golway

    I love my S4 and it’s blazing fast, but I think I may have to use my first Jump! in 6 months on either this or the Note 3…but then I loose the awesome Google Edition ROMs unless future versions of it really are AOSP and not just a stripped down TouchWiz.

  • Geoff Johnson

    Is this going to be a new thing? Instead of waiting a year to upgrade everything at once they just do incremental upgrades during the year?

  • n11

    Hopefully Vanilla version!

  • tabassamed

    I basically make about $6,000-$8,000 a month online. It’s enough to comfortably replace my old jobs income, especially considering I only work about 10-13 hours a week from home. This is how to start>………… http://www.Pro67.com

  • ThaCooLoser

    I settled 2 years with my Galaxy Nexus with all those new “better” phones coming out all the time. If you’re on Android. .. you know you should know, you have to settle and be happy with the choice you made. I love that we have choices every other month pretty much. So go ahead and get 5 more versions better, I’m very happy with my S4 on custom rom FoxHound 0.8. Fastest rom ever with 4-5hrs on screen time always =]

  • jim

    was wondering if anyone else has the problem with the S3, i put a 32 gig sd card in it, it shows as extra storage, but i cant get it to move anything over to it

  • Dee

    Samsung does it again — why buy this one, when the week after they will release an ever better one:)

  • waleed300

    I would just sell my s4 and buy this one of course. Oh wait NVM, I almost forgot that I’m on Verizon

  • Trevor

    As a GS4 owner, this kinda sucks, but whatevski. The S600 is plenty good. Annoying that Samsung would pull something like this though.

    • Dee

      Samsung always do this….

      • noc007

        So with the S3 and previous gens they would come out with a slightly updated model about six months later under the same major name? I don’t recall them ever doing that with the S3. The Note 2 came out with a beefier processor, but I don’t recall the S3 coming out with that.

        Frankly this doesn’t make sense for them to do anyways. There’s always going to be something new coming out every 6-9 months. They use the best they can get at the time and do the same for next year’s model. No need to update so soon.

        • Dee

          galaxy s2

          galaxy s2+

          galaxy s2 dous

          Galaxy s3 was announced q3 2011 no diff versions ( your right for this model) then came s4 s4 mini s4 active now s4 (800 chip)

          nevermind all the tablets….id be here all night writing all the versions out…

          • kixofmyg0t

            GS3 had a Mini variant. Also didn’t it have different chipsets for international and US versions?

          • Dee

            too many to keep count:)

      • michael arazan

        Samsung did this last year upping the specs but it was for the Note 2.

  • NorCalGuy

    So even if it does an international launch and let’s say it makes it to the us, there is NO way Vz gets it.


      And its still going to lag. Sad really.

  • slap this in an S4 active on VZW and im all ears

  • RoadsterHD1

    Is this the same type of bench-mark test the Moto X took, that score over 35000

  • Justtyn Hutcheson

    Is this not the model number of the LTE-A version bound for Korea? What’s the model number of that one then?

    Also, if they do, I don’t want to hear another word about Motorola screwing over early adopters. And mid-year device refreshes need to die. The 800 will still be amazing in 6 months with a new name (just like the S600 was still awesome 6 months after the S4 Pro quad came out).

    • Alseddiq

      The Korean version is SHV-E330S

  • Verizon

    Damn you Motorola for doing this again! …….Oh wait.

  • Chris Schmucker

    Did they ever fix the “lag” on the original S4?

    • RoadsterHD1


      • Chris Schmucker

        Ugh, stupid touchwiz

      • WickedToby741

        Yes they did. It’s called the Nexus edition.

  • T4rd

    Meh, ain’t got nuthin on my OG Droid OC’d to 1 GHz. =p

    • Chris Schmucker

      Im gonna find a Droid Eris and OC it to 1 GHz just to see what happens (fire extinguisher will be nearby)

      • WickedToby741

        I still have a Droid Eris. I OC’d it to I think 0.75 GHz, but I don’t think I ever pushed it to 1 GHz. I think it would melt.

      • T4rd

        I had my OG Droid running at 1.1 GHz (stock was 550 MHz) for most of its life actually. It held up very well and was completely stable with Chevy’s kernels. B-)

        • JMonkeYJ

          ha! i did that too! sadly it wasn’t very fast even at 2x stock speed 🙁

  • Jordan

    I love my current Galaxy S4 16GB version, but they keep giving me reasons to hate it and want the “next best” one. First the S4 16GB, then the 32GB, now this? What’s next?

    • WickedToby741

      4K resolution screen and 8 GB of RAM.

  • mustbepbs

    I’m sure they’ll just call it something else and start a new line for “enthusiast” customers. Like Super Galaxy S4.

    • Jason Downing

      Might have to change their name to Motorola if that’s the case

      • WickedToby741

        Galaxy S4 Maxx

        • kixofmyg0t

          That’s next week. Followed by the Galaxy S4 MAXX Mini, then the ACTIMAXX, ZOOMAXX and then toss those aside and get ready for the Note 3!

          • SkylaC90

            This +9000

    • imns

      S4 Pro, more likely

      • Dee

        or S4s

        will pi$$ off apple more:)

  • Jason Downing

    More power! Kind of lame for people who have already bought the 600 version.

    • michael arazan

      N o doubt. Samsung came out with the S3 last june, if they would have waited till June this year, they would have had no problems with a launch with a newer processor.