Samsung has never been a stranger when it comes to releasing multiple hardware configurations of their flagship devices. Look no further than last year’s Samsung Galaxy S4 in which multiple devices — all carrying the same S4 branding — ended up launching shortly after the flagship released. The Samsung Galaxy S4 Active, and Galaxy S4 Zoom were examples of this.
That being said, it didn’t surprise us to hear that the Samsung Galaxy S5 would also launch in multiple hardware configurations, depending on the region. In case you needed further proof that this will be so, take a look at a pair of alleged Galaxy S5s that recently found themselves benchmarked on AnTuTu: the Samsung SM-G900R4 (US Cellular) and a SM-G900H (Europe). The devices — very similar in model number — reported very different specs in their benchmarks.
Reportedly, the US Cellular model will carry a 2K display along with a Snapdragon 800 processor, 3GB RAM, 32GB internal storage, and 13MP/2MP cameras. The international model weighs in with a 1080p display, Exynos 5422 octa-core processor, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of internal storage — a modest jump in from last year’s model. This helps lend credence to rumors that the S5 will launch with a premium “Prime” model, as well as a regular “Standard” variant.
When pitted against each other, it’s the European model that came out on top. This is most likely due to a number of factors, like the Exynos processor not having to work as hard to push as many pixels, as well as Samsung needing further time to “optimize” the software for these benchmarks.
Other model numbers to keep an eye out for (and their carriers/regions) include:
- SM-G9006V_CHN_CHN (China)
- SM-G9008V_CHN_ZM (China)
- SM-G9009D_CHN_CTC (China)
- SM-G900A_NA_ATT (AT & T)
- SM-G900D_JPN_DCM (Japan)
- SM-G900F_EUR_XX (Europe)
- SM-G900H_EUR_XX (Europe)
- SM-G900I_SEA_XSA (Asia)
- SM-G900J_JPN_KDI (Japan)
- SM-G900K_KOR_KTC (South Korea)
- SM-G900L_KOR_LGT (South Korea)
- SM-G900M_LA_VF (Vodafone)
- SM-G900P_NA_SPR (Sprint)
- SM-G900R4_NA_USC (US Cellular)
- SM-G900S_KOR_SKC (South Korea)
- SM-G900T_NA_TMB (T-Mobile)
- SM-G900V_NA_VZW (Verizon)
- SM-G900W8_NA_BMC (BMC)
We expect to learn much more about the Galaxy S5 when it’s finally unveiled on February 24th, during Samsung’s Unpacked 5 event in Barcelona, Spain. Expectations are definitely running high, and Phandroid will be on-hand for the event bringing you the latest.