A new round of leaked benchmark results seem to indicate that Samsung will unveil two different Galaxy S5 flagship devices in the coming weeks that will be differentiated by varying specs. Last year, Samsung also launched different Galaxy S4 versions in different markets on day 1, but the only different component in those devices was the processor.
A couple of new AnTuTu results spotted by SamMobile for a SM-G900R4 and a SM-G900H device, believed to Galaxy S5 versions for U.S. Cellular and Europe, respectively, seem to confirm what KGI analyst Ming Chi Kuo said in a recent note to investors — that Samsung’s top of the line handset will have two very different versions, including a “Prime” and a “Standard” model.
In this case, the SM-G900R4 would be the Prime version, which would offer a 2560 x 1440 (2K) display, 2.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 (AC) processor, Adreno 330 GPU, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, 16-megapixel camera, 2-megapixel front-facing camera and Android 4.4.2 KitKat under the hood.
The Standard version would be the SM-G900H European model, which would offer a 1920 x 1080 (Full HD) display, 1.5GHz octa-core Exynos 5422 processor, ARM-Mali-T628 GPU, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, 16-megapixel camera and 2.1-megapixel front-facing camera. Previous benchmark results for this Galaxy S5 version have revealed similar specs.
Of the two, the SM-G900H scores better in these leaked tests, probably because the SM-G900R4 has a 2K display that puts additional strain on resources. However, such tests may not be relevant because they may refer to test units, not to mention that Samsung has been caught optimizing device performance for such tests.
It’s not clear why Samsung would want to launch two different flagships this year considering the plethora of mid-range smartphones it also sells, and whether that’s a response to Apple’s iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c launch. The company has been confirmed to announce the Galaxy S5 at MWC 2014.
Images from the two benchmarks follow below.