The Samsung Galaxy S4 is going to come in two variants, a 4-core and an 8-core version, and while we don’t yet know how kick-arse powerful the 8-core beast is going to be, we do have benchmarks for the Qualcomm 4-core Snapdragon 600-powered variant. Yes, even with just four cores, this thing is going to be the fastest phone out there.
It’s not really a surprise, given that the 4-core variant will come packing the speedy Snapdragon 600 SoC that’s also in the spritely HTC One, but clocked higher at 1.9GHz, as apposed to 1.7GHz. What is surprising, though, is that the Galaxy S4 will be just shy of twice as powerful as the Galaxy S III, which was already pretty damn quick. Likewise, the Nexus 4 featuring Qualcomm’s last generation chip comes in over 1,000 Geekbench points behind the S4.
Of course, with great power comes incredible demands on the battery, so it’s unclear how well Samsung’s handled the heat and battery drain this thing is going to have. The HTC One fares OK with power saving modes switched on, but burns through its cell pretty quickly when you start running a game or something. With performance like this, from just the 4-core variant, it’s going to be very interesting indeed to see how the beastly 8-core Exynos 5 handles. [PrimateLabs]
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