Rumored specs for the "rugged" Samsung Galaxy S4 reveal a different processor under the hood
Just like the regular everyday version of the Samsung Galaxy S4, Android 4.2.2 will be pre-installed on the Samsung Galaxy S4 J Active, which will still have TouchWiz running over Android and keep the FHD screen. The major difference (besides the water and dust proofing, of course) is that the "rugged" version of the new Android flagship model will have a quad-core 1.9GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus (MSM8960) processor under the hood. That compares with the quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor or the Samsung Exynos 5 Octa found on the U.S.and International versions of the Samsung Galaxy S4 respectively.
Is there a reason to cut corners a bit with the CPU on the Samsung Galaxy S4 J Active? Could the cost of making the device better able to withstand the elements be so much that Samsung needed to go with the older chip to keep the price down? It is hard to answer these questions right now because the phone hasn't even been reduced and we have no pricing information yet. It simply could be that Samsung figured that those who typically buy rugged version of handsets are in particular fields where using a Snapdragon S4 instead of a Snapdragon 600 or an Exynos 5 Octa simply wouldn't matter.
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1. UrbanPhantom (Posts: 949; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)
Oh look, it's an S4 processor: very interesting, but how are they going to drive that resource hungry Android OS without the full eight cores?
4. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)
There's nothing wrong with the Snapdragon S4 processor, it gives great performance.
Sony Xperia Z and Nokia Lumia 925 is using the S4 processor as well.
31. UrbanPhantom (Posts: 949; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)
I was Joking: but you must know the typical bashing Nokia gets for not having extra cores in their phones, despite the fact that WP8 still works perfectly fine with just dual core. IMO, Sammy fans need a good swift kick to the ---!
End of rant.
33. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)
Tip : Next time, don't remember to but "lol" when you're joking, people will misunderstood you if there's no "lol".
45. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)
*don't forget to, not don't remember to.
Sorry about that! I was messed up. :)
49. rd_nest (Posts: 1302; Member since: 06 Jun 2010)
If you are finished with your trolling, go to bed.
52. abate (Posts: 43; Member since: 19 Dec 2012)
So you are one of those sammy fans he mentioned? :D
70. ecmedic4 (Posts: 282; Member since: 02 May 2013)
I agree with you, Nokia and Apple get bashed for using older hardware in their devices, but of course since this is samsung doing it this time, it will be perfectly fine. Kinda sets a double standard doesnt it? I have no qualms with android, or samsung really for that matter since i dont use their phones, but i do have qualms with the nonsense spewed out of fanboys.
29. spiderpig2894 (Posts: 557; Member since: 10 Jan 2012)
Full EIGHT cores? You sir is obviously misleaded by the BIG.little processor. That "octacore" they are saying is actually a 4+4 (Quad A15 and Quad A7) so that means that the phone will use four A15 cores for heavy tasks and use four A7 cores for light tasks. A true "octacore" runs all EIGHT cores. I wish people should call it as "4+4" to avoid misleading people.
32. UrbanPhantom (Posts: 949; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)
I have a 3930K with only six cores, but it uses premium unleaded ;o)
35. mayur007 (Posts: 523; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)
i think it should be called "dual quad core" ...
78. Jack58221 (Posts: 146; Member since: 23 Feb 2013)
I vote "quad D" I think we will be seeing a lot more of this big.LITTLE and they need to simplify the name as much as they can. and since we are off topic note and making processors, who like bass fishing?
59. UrbanPhantom (Posts: 949; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)
Why did at least three people give spiderpig2894 thumbs down? He was simply pointing out the facts, and his information is accurate. Some of you disgruntled Sammy fans seriously need to grow up, and get a life...
83. SirSidneyRuffDiamond (Posts: 7; Member since: 14 May 2013)
This is all just fanboy penis envy really. You are all just metaphorically measuring the size of your d**ks. Singing "I've got a bigger one than you..."
30. anywherehome (Posts: 971; Member since: 13 Dec 2011)
Galaxy Nexus is going well with latest Android....... Old iConboards have problems with the newest iOS and what's even worse with missing features, not Nexuses ;-)
50. sats.mine2k4 (banned) (Posts: 208; Member since: 10 Aug 2012)
Unless your satisfied with a cartoony os with little functionality, no apps and designed for the blond look... A dual core processor on android jelly bean is fine... @galaxy s3 att...
58. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)
Oh look another troll. Y can't we keep them off from here
67. jcarrigan (unregistered)
wow so only att gets it in the us, thats bulls**t!!!
76. R-vjn (Posts: 172; Member since: 07 Jan 2013)
Android OS can run smoothly in a dual core if the OS is optimized fully and correctly to the hardware. I'm using the Nexus 4 and I can say that there are still glinches to fill in the optimization field..!
The only problem is the graphic intense games, which need strong cpu's coupled with a great gpu with a good amount of ram..!
From my usage, and as an android lover, I've to say that iOS is the most optimized mobile OS to-date..! and again, games will run smoothly in iphones with is considerably have low raw power compared to the equivalent android counterparts.
2. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)
Great idea from Samsung, but the rugged Galaxy S4 still can't beat the Sony Xperia Z when it comes to design. The Sony Xperia Z is still gorgeous.
But nevertheless, good luck with that Samsung!
5. Jason2k13 (Posts: 951; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)
design doesn't matter if it cant sell as well.
8. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)
What are you talking about? You talking about the Xperia Z? 4.6 million Xperia Z units sold in 40 days, how's that sound?
13. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)
Of course I know that, congrats to Samsung. And congrats to Sony as well.
19. istitch (Posts: 178; Member since: 19 Mar 2013)
Sony just made a come back in 2013, do you expect them to take down samsung by merely months in time?
of course S4 is selling well, samsung has built it's base couple years ago, and now it's the 4th flagship in the galaxy smartphone line.
The sale for Sony alone is impressive.
38. Wiki_jaan (Posts: 704; Member since: 24 Jun 2012)
sony design is really cool ... sony just need to boost hardware and features.....
85. SirSidneyRuffDiamond (Posts: 7; Member since: 14 May 2013)
Sony Xperia phones look good but have sharp edges which do not feel good in the hand. It's a big trade-off. So why doesn't Sony make rounder edges? Surely that is not beyond the bounds of reason and science?
Apart from that Sony is getting better and protected smartphones are the way forward, but even Sony's soon-to-be-released models like the Xperia ZR are still showing Android 2.1 when the Nexus 4 and Samsung Galaxy S4 are running 4.2.2 ,,, why are other manufacturers behind on this I wonder?
7. quadrazeus (Posts: 359; Member since: 03 May 2013)
No dude, S4 is a beauty! The premium and elegant feel of plastic is unmatched by glass/aluminum.
9. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)
Dude, you're awfully "hyperglazey"! xD
12. WakaFlakaD (Posts: 423; Member since: 30 Apr 2011)
Sorry, thumbs down on you. Really? SO you prefer "elegant" plastic over glass/aluminum any day?
15. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)
That's his own opinion, why thumbs down on someone's opinion?
17. Jason2k13 (Posts: 951; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)
not everyone wants scratches/bad antenna on their phones
18. WakaFlakaD (Posts: 423; Member since: 30 Apr 2011)
HTC one is not entirely aluminum, is there any connectivitiy issue?
23. quadrazeus (Posts: 359; Member since: 03 May 2013)
lol I think people here are having trouble understanding by sarcastic tone!
28. WakaFlakaD (Posts: 423; Member since: 30 Apr 2011)
It's a bit hard to detect because I had seen many people saying they prefer polycarbonate over glass or alunimum. Seriously, every post regarding GS4 will have it in them
53. SonyFindOneDroidple (Posts: 749; Member since: 11 May 2013)
The best looking android smartphone for me is the Sony Xperia Arc.. i dont like Xperia Z because it is flat w/ sharp edges, it is beautiful but it feels awful.
I want a Sony Xperia Arc design w/ larger screen and thinner bezels=best looking smartphone -- better than htc one(small-looking display with huge bezels)
3. Jason2k13 (Posts: 951; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)
as long as it has good speaker, good camera, good battery life than i would accept an older chip assuming this is a high end phone.
6. FlushGordon (unregistered)
Samsung is a master of trade-offs lol
21. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)
Whelp, it looks like samsung is ready to copy.....yet again :(
By the way, that name really sucks. Samsung galaxy s4 j active??
27. istitch (Posts: 178; Member since: 19 Mar 2013)
I wonldnt call it copying, but it's a trend, and they have to jump on the bandwagon
36. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)
Whatever lol if that's what makes u feel better bro haha
44. istitch (Posts: 178; Member since: 19 Mar 2013)
I'm a sony fans and i find your comment shows how narrow your mind is. You actually disgrace Xperia fans.
When the 1st touch-enabled screen smartphone appeared, other OEMs that followed is copying, and thus should be named as copycat, shouldnt they?
84. SirSidneyRuffDiamond (Posts: 7; Member since: 14 May 2013)
Would that first touch screen phone be an HTC perhaps? I had one years ago running Windows with a stylus which you touched onto the screen, though you could use a finger nail.
39. MCrapp (Posts: 316; Member since: 07 Apr 2013)
Copy of what? Samsung Xcover, Rugby or Motorola Defy?!
40. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)
:/ .......of the xperia z dude
62. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)
No, not really
64. yudi.nemesis (Posts: 1127; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)
i don't think so because Sony have make waterproof phone since 2006
and the first waterproof smartphone is from Nokia