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Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4 Is Just As Impressive As We Were Told

August 19, 2014 - Written By Phil Bourget

Everyone recognizes the Galaxy Note line by name and sight.  And that’s a great thing for Samsung and the customer, since it’s a classic and it’s only going on its fourth generation.  And that fourth generation is said to be astounding.  And know what?  We have explicit reasons to be, as of today.  Get ready for this. We have a full set of specifications, from an AnTuTu Benchmark, done on both variants of the upcoming Galaxy Note 4 from Samsung.  I say both variants, because of something I’ll get to in just a moment, but first, the specifications!  The Note 4 will have a QuadHD, 2560 by 1440 pixel display 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal storage.  It will ship with Android 4.4.3 Kit Kat out of the box.  Missing the processor bit?  Yeah, this is part about the variant thing I mentioned.  The two versions, the SM-G910S and 910C house a Snapdragon 805 and Exynos 5433 respectively, and perhaps that isn’t the only difference.  The Snapdragon ran at an impressive and beastly 2.46 Ghz across its four Krait cores, and the Adreno 420 GPU helped it in the graphics department.  The Exynos variant, however, is the octa-core 5433, with its eight cores running at up to 1.3 Ghz, aided by the Mali-T760 GPU.  The devices also have the identical back-front camera setup, at 16-and-3.68 megapixels for each.

The specs are out, so if that’s what you were looking for, get ready to see some physical designs in September or earlier.  And if those pop out of the woodwork before IFA in Berlin, be sure that we’ll have them for you to see.  If you care about the variances between the two models of Note 4, stick around for a possible explanation. The Galaxy Note 4 was rumored to be coming in two form factors, one with the normal flat front glass panel, and one with Samsung’s curved-edge YouM display technology, allowing for use of the edge of a device for notifications, as well as the front flat panel.  We have heard possibilities, but these model numbers are the key, I think.  The SM-G910S houses a Snapdragon chipset.  The S makes sense there, right?  Consider the SM-G910C then; there’s no C anywhere in most of what Samsung does.  What could it mean?  I’m probably not the first to guess that the C could mean Curved, like the edges of a YouM display. That means something else that people have guessed and rumored might be possible, which is that the three-sided display would only be for Samsung’s home market of South Korea, or would launch there first then spread elsewhere globally.

That could spell a lot of upset and downtrodden customers not in South Korea, who would not only not get the Exynos octa-core capabilities of the Note 4, but they’d also be stuck without the all-new YouM technology that Samsung showed off a while back.  That would be just upsetting, but not out of Samsung’s normal operational course, offering special devices exclusively to the homeland (much like Motorola’s Moto-Maker feature for a long while for the United States). The AnTuTu Benchmark showed off how the Exynos 5433 bested the Snapdragon 805 by a sizeable three thousand points in final scoring, and the Exynos came in only around 1.5 thousand short of tying with the current king, the NVIDIA Tegra K1.  That is truly impressive, for any processor.  For those that prefer numbers, the Exynos 5433 got a 40,303 while the Snapdragon 805 got 37,780, both falling behind the K1 who sits proudly at 41,736.

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Exynos 5433 Score