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Samsung Galaxy S 4 shares PowerVR GPU with the Apple iPhone 5

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Samsung Galaxy S 4 shares PowerVR GPU with the Apple iPhone 5
The Apple iPhone 5 will face a new challenger once the Samsung Galaxy S 4 gets introduced on Thursday.  Each phone is the flagship model of its respective platform, but a blog post from Imagination lets us in on a little secret: both the Apple iPhone 5 and the Samsung Galaxy S 4 will have a PowerVR GPU crunching the graphics on each phone.

The PowerVR SGX544MP

The PowerVR SGX544MP

Imagination said in its blog that the Samsung Galaxy S 4 would have the PowerVR SGX544 inside, paired with the Samsung Exynos 5410 Octa. Samsung uses the ARM produced Mali on the international version of the Samsung Galaxy S III, which is powered with the quad-core Samsung Exynos 4412. The U.S. carrier version of the phone features the Adreno 225 together with the dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro MSM8960.

Meanwhile, the Apple iPhone 5 features the PowerVR SGX543 which is very similar to the PowerVR SGX544 on the Samsung Galaxy S 4. The only difference is that the SGX544 supports Microsoft's DirectX 9.3. Samsung plans on running the GPU at a faster clock speed and will use the same triple-core set up as used on the Apple iPhone.

So guys, perhaps we can use this knowledge that both the Apple iPhone 5 and the Samsung Galaxy S 4 both use a PowerVR GPU to just get a little closer. In the words of the late Rodney King, "Can we all get along?"

source: Imagination via AppleInsider

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posted on 13 Mar 2013, 21:47 19

1. bojan (Posts: 188; Member since: 06 Oct 2012)


Samsung the best why you guys keep bring the name iphone up when its dead there is no more iphone or apple why give them press when they are oudated dead company when they don't exist.

posted on 13 Mar 2013, 21:55 6

7. darkkjedii (Posts: 9257; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


C'mon dude you're putting a little too much mustard on it bro. Apple needs to step it up, but they're far from dead. Even with a 30+% drop in stock they're still the #2 most valuable company on earth. Hate em, but hate em realistically. Also according to the latest stock reports APPL still exists IJS.

posted on 13 Mar 2013, 22:31 3

17. Android4u (Posts: 456; Member since: 16 Aug 2012)


What's up darkk. :)

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 04:10 1

33. darkkjedii (Posts: 9257; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Hangin bro how's it goin?

posted on 13 Mar 2013, 23:14 2

24. UrbanPhantom (Posts: 944; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)


What's with all the negative thumbs down to your comment? It seems that an army of brain dead android lovin' whores are running to the rescue each time you post a statement based on reality. Apple probably has enough reserve cash in the bank to purchase Google, Samsung, or both. A dead company is one without access or ownership of capital, or didn't you worthless Android peasants figure that out yet?

posted on 13 Mar 2013, 23:28 5

27. XPERIA-KNIGHT (Posts: 2384; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)


bro i get what you're saying with apple having more money than most people, but once again, just because you have enough money to buy something does NOT mean you can jus go ahead and buy someone or something off.

Since we're being "realistic" here, i'll say that you and anyone else who thinks apple can just "buy google" off, are complete fools...

I, without a doubt, dont believe the desparation is that high for such a act

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 01:52 4

29. UrbanPhantom (Posts: 944; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)


Apple has more than just a little money: it's reserve cash exceeds the annual GDP of many countries. Throw enough money around, and you can buy virtually anything: companies, land, even people. That isn't to say they should be allowed to purchase Google and/or Samsung, nor would it be wise to let them do so. I believe competition is essential, and good for consumers. It is the primary catalyst of technological inspiration, and innovation...

Still, to refer to any company with that much wealth as being "dead", or ineffectual in any capacity, is to utter words that are far too ignorant to be ignored. I don't care if these folks love their operating system, or a particular corporate brand, they deserved to be kicked hard between the legs for making statements that are simply not in keeping with an intelligent and thoughtful frame of mind.

If PhoneArena wants to keep mindless hoodlums around, then so be it. Stupid is as stupid does, and god almighty, some of yea are stupid as bricks...

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 04:14 2

34. darkkjedii (Posts: 9257; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


That's the hardcore bunch I guess. Your 3 reds probably came from them too. I'm just being realistic though, dudes saying apple is dead, they no longer exist. If that's true, then I'm pissed to hell and back that I missed their going outta business sale. We're slashing prices from wall to wall, no reasonable offer will be turned down lol.

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 02:01

31. johnbftl (Posts: 162; Member since: 09 Jun 2012)


The day the iPhone 5 launched AAPL closed at $705.07. Today they closed at $428.35 That's a 40% loss there. They may not be dead yet, but are headed that way pretty fast. 40% in six months says investors no longer have faith in the product. They are not the number two most valuable company on earth. Apple ranks 18th worldwide in terms of revenue. Exxon Mobil was first, followed by Royal Dutch Shell, then Wal-Mart was third. People confuse stock value for actual monetary worth all the time. If you don't believe me, read it for yourself.

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_companies_by_revenue#section_2

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 03:00 3

32. UrbanPhantom (Posts: 944; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)


I was refering strictly to Apple's cash, not it's present stock value, compende? They had over 137 billion in cash stored up for a rainy day. I'm not refering to the PPS, which is something else entirely...

They should give me at least half of that for defending them online ;o)

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 13:57

37. johnbftl (Posts: 162; Member since: 09 Jun 2012)


Obviously you did not read that link. Exxon Mobil, Royal Dutch Shell, and Wal-Mart all pulled in over $400 billion in net revenue last year. Apple pulled $156 billion, a lot of that has probably been paid out in the past six months to investors abandoning ship. Apple is bleeding money right now. They are a midrange company. They always have been if you follow annual revenue reports.

posted on 13 Mar 2013, 21:59 7

11. lovenyc8 (Posts: 164; Member since: 13 Mar 2013)


indeed Apple doesn't exist its the smallest underdog at the moment

posted on 13 Mar 2013, 21:48 3

2. Ninetysix (Posts: 1064; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


Lol @ last years graphics on a 2013 flagship phone.

posted on 13 Mar 2013, 21:50 11

4. HDShatter (Posts: 1014; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)


Way better than adreno 320 thats on the current ones.

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 01:34 2

28. SkOne (Posts: 87; Member since: 02 May 2012)


Adreno 225 not 320.

posted on 13 Mar 2013, 21:56 5

8. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 4588; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


And what you will say if iPhone 5S or even iPhone 6 will come with the same PowerVR SGX543 which is already on iPhone 5?

posted on 13 Mar 2013, 21:59 2

10. HDShatter (Posts: 1014; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)


If there is one thing Apple does right it is using powerful GPUs. This GPU is no sloch againist other flagships.

posted on 13 Mar 2013, 22:21 1

14. Aeires (unregistered)


Apple does one thing that they've capitalized on, optimizing the hardware to the software. If Samsung does the same with the S4, the average and even power user won't notice any problems in graphics or speed. Judging by how well the Note 2 runs, I think they've figured it out.

posted on 13 Mar 2013, 22:02 3

12. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 4588; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


"Lol @ last years graphics on a 2013 flagship phone."

iPhone 5 use SGX543 (Jan 2009)

Samsung Galaxy S IV use SGX544 (Jun 2010)

So what you will say now about last years graphics?

posted on 13 Mar 2013, 21:48 2

3. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1223; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


so simply its still behind the A6x?

posted on 13 Mar 2013, 21:57 2

9. HDShatter (Posts: 1014; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)


Comparing tablets to phones is like comparing desktop cards to laptop graphics cards...

posted on 13 Mar 2013, 22:32 1

18. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1223; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


i can remember Samsung bragging about the S3 beating the iPad 3 last year , so vice versa

posted on 13 Mar 2013, 21:50 4

5. Ninetysix (Posts: 1064; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


Next big thing with last year's graphics!

posted on 13 Mar 2013, 22:24 8

15. ama3654 (Posts: 233; Member since: 27 Nov 2012)


SGX543(January 2009), SGX544(June 2010), SGX554(December 2010). What's your point?, read before you come here to troll. Samsung Galaxy S IV will be unveiled in hours to shine. SGX544 is clocked at 533 MHz, twice the speed of the OLD SGX543 on the iphone 5, combine that with the A15 cores and you get the speed of the ipad 4 on a Smartphone.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PowerVR

posted on 13 Mar 2013, 22:31 3

16. metalspy101 (Posts: 23; Member since: 15 Dec 2012)


Apple NOOB POWNED...SMH... THANKS FOR THE CLARIFICATION...

posted on 13 Mar 2013, 22:34 1

19. Hemlocke (unregistered)


Yes, and 3-4 hours of battery life.

posted on 13 Mar 2013, 22:35 1

20. Ninetysix (Posts: 1064; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


Thank you for the wiki link that proved my statement :)

posted on 13 Mar 2013, 22:40

21. omgWhatA (Posts: 2; Member since: 13 Mar 2013)


doesn't mattet architecture is the same old gpu, with all the hype its using old crap and when the new iphone comes out with a new, that's a NEW gpu it will annihilate this pos. Imean even the adreno 330 and tegra 4 will beat it so don't try to be a smart ass when your not

posted on 13 Mar 2013, 22:45 1

22. ama3654 (Posts: 233; Member since: 27 Nov 2012)


For the moment, enjoy the most powerful phone on earth, when the others you mentioned are implemented then you can talk, for now just STFU!

posted on 13 Mar 2013, 23:16

25. omgWhatA (Posts: 2; Member since: 13 Mar 2013)


you STFU this device won't even be out until tomorrow so we're all talking about devices of the future dumba$$

posted on 13 Mar 2013, 23:23 1

26. voxmarc (Posts: 299; Member since: 22 Aug 2012)


yeah....hahhahaaahahaaaaaa...(the way Craig Ferguson put it)

posted on 13 Mar 2013, 21:53

6. osaFromJava (Posts: 30; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


just like Clark Kent & Lex Luthor

posted on 13 Mar 2013, 22:03 1

13. metalspy101 (Posts: 23; Member since: 15 Dec 2012)


IOS games will not need much optimizing for gs4
???????????

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 09:15

38. feres13 (Posts: 295; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)


There is no GS4 games, devs don't develop for just 1 phone, there is android games

posted on 13 Mar 2013, 22:54 1

23. dynamo.one (Posts: 62; Member since: 14 Feb 2013)


tegra 4 GPU should be more powerful than this...so why the hell didn't they use power vr 6?..

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 01:53

30. rudlie (Posts: 182; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)


samsung steal again apple's idea. now for interchips and processor architecture.

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 04:51

35. yonith (Posts: 26; Member since: 11 Sep 2012)


Let's not forget that us poor Americans will have to suffice with the mediocre Snapdragon 600. Womp Womp!

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 06:57

36. jopancy (Posts: 55; Member since: 25 Apr 2012)


Woow!!! so much hate and insults just because of some chips that wouldn't last six months before another comes to replace it.

Can't we learn to discuss our preferences without annoying each other???

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