A NenaMark benchmark report for the Samsung-made SCH-i545 is creating a bit of buzz today. Why? Because every indication is that we could be looking at Verizon’s Samsung Galaxy S4.
For starters, Verizon’s Galaxy S3 was given model number SCH-i535. Then of course, there is the reference to a 1080p display in the report. Yes, the Galaxy S4 is rumored to ship with a brand new 4.99-inch 1080p Super AMOLED. Things are starting to match up.
What is newly revealed in the NenaMark score is a 1.9GHz processor, but it doesn’t appear to be of the Exynos 5 Octa (or Exynos 4, even) variety. Instead we are looking at a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 with Adreno 320 graphics. The Galaxy S4 would be a great launchpad for the new Samsung-made silicon, but given the long development times for smartphones using the Qualcomm chip may have been unavoidable.
Otherwise, the phone should run Android 4.2, which would seem a given at this point (but stranger things have happened). We don’t expect to see the Galaxy S4 at Mobile World Congress at the end of the month, but rumors point toward a mid-May launch event. The Galaxy S4 could start shipping to consumers as early as April.