Stock Android version of the Samsung Galaxy S4 is an adjusted T-Mobile model?
The SGH-M919 supports LTE bands 2,4,5 and 17 while also supporting bands 2,4 and 5 of WCDMA. It is the exact same hardware that AT&T uses for its variant of the Samsung Galaxy S4 minus the RAT (Radio Access Technology) locking that the carrier installs to lock out WCDMA Band 4. T-Mobile customers need to have a connection to this Band so they can have an easier time connecting to their network. Because AT&T uses RAT on its phone, we can eliminate that variant as the "Nexus user experience" model.
So this means that only the T-Mobile version of the device has all the pieces required to be the "Nexus user experience" version of the Samsung Galaxy S4 that will be available from the Google Play Store for $649. It has the correct connectivity match and it also has the Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 under the hood. The reasons to buy the phone are clear. No TouchWiz, an unlocked bootloader, and the most important of all, prompt system updates. If enough of these phones get sold, we are certain to see some major improvements in the monthly Android distribution stats released by Google, with more users running the latest version of the OS.
Samsung Galaxy S4 Nexus user experience
source: AnandTech via AndroidAuthoity
1. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5618; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
I hope Google does a better job this time around than they did when the Nexus 4 dropped. :-(
15. tedkord (Posts: 4518; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)
At $650, I don't think I don't have to worry about their servers being blown out.
2. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)
So what about the international version, Exynos A15...? So no one will be stocking the E5410 A15 4+4 Core Cpu version...?
Lucky those T-Mobile users, or they prefer the original with S feautres...?
6. noim1 (Posts: 297; Member since: 15 May 2012)
Snapdragon 600 is on par with Exynos Octa processor ..i am waiting for the SnapDragon 800 !!!
10. Kjayhawk (Posts: 287; Member since: 07 Oct 2010)
really the exynos processor out performed the snapdragon processor in all benchmarks... BUT really only by a couple of points, so really is the snapdragon much worse no and really it shouldn't effect your opinion on the samsung galaxy s4. I mean seriously i have a galaxy nexus and still can run every app just about flawlessly and its almost two years old!!
This samsung galaxy s4 is really something i personally wanted in a phone for a long time:
1. Stock android with quick updates
2. Unlocked bootloader
3. A Bigger battery 2600, think of every last nexus device 1900mah with the galaxy nexus then 2100mah with the nexus 4.
4. a huge screen
6. hard keys... thats a mixed bag i guess...
The only thing that sucks is no verizon, but i plan to leave for AT&T, so no big
12. Retro-touch (Posts: 252; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)
7. Micro SD card support
8. Better camera than GNex and N4
9. imkyle (Posts: 982; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)
Octa-core is almost the same as the 600 series. Id rather have the Snapdragon CPU. They have impressed me since their S4 Plus processor in the US version of the S III and the S4 Pro in the Nexus 4.
14. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)
But it's the very first A15 cores on a phone, which is running at 1.6 Ghz. Now if it was announced with 5420, which is standard version of the 5410 entry level which the 5420 clocked at 2.0Ghz will out perfom the S800 by 35%....?
16. grahaman27 (Posts: 347; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)
nvidia claimed the tegra 4 was the first quad core A15... but the snapdraggon s4 pro was based off of the A15 and the samsung octa was their first quad A15.
ALL of these processors were shown off at CES so lets call it a tie, otherwise the S4 pro would be first if you consider it A15.
18. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)
S4PRO S600 is half A9 half A15, not full A15 core.
Even the E4412 A9 is on par with S4PRO, in-terms of speed.
19. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3951; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
The S4 Pro bests the 4412 by almost every mark. The E5O only marginally outperforms the S600 in every benchmark I've seen.
22. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)
True Berzerk, but only by 100 or 200 points. For a A9, Half A15, even the custom built Exynos remains very strong to compete a year old Cpu.
24. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3951; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
The distance between the S4 Pro and 4412 is roughly the same as that of the S600 and E5O, but the Snapdragon is behind in the latter scenario. However, Qualcomm still has the S800 to release which will undoubtedly outclass the E5O considering the S600 is so close to it.
13. moronman66 (Posts: 159; Member since: 09 Jan 2012)
The way I see this is that those who want to buy this phone can, and I hope at least a few developers do, so they can help all other Snapdragon 600 running S4s out there with ROM support, moving up in versions when 4.3 comes out. If you want Stock Android on a S4, root it and install a stock ROM, and you can pick which one to get what features you want! Aside from that, unsubsidized, most people won't go for it.
4. papss (unregistered)
That's interesting. I'm not sure the angle Google is taking here considering they have their own N line
8. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1322; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)
i think this is a move to "test the water" to see if the dev editions attract more customers than the nexus versions because Google wants to expand its customer base using the fastest method possible , and in this case , the Samsung S4 is the quickest way possible . but overall i still think its a bad idea to let a single company rule over the policies of a common OS
5. XPERIA-KNIGHT (Posts: 2384; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)
Sooo.......a galaxy s4 nexus?? On t mobile? Hey sounds good for Samsung fans lol
11. JunBringer (Posts: 98; Member since: 01 Oct 2012)
Did the original Droid get updates right from Google?
17. JunitoNH (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)
For the US this isn't a big deal. So you buy an unlocked device, big deal. With the exception of regional (if you're lucky enough to live in area) carriers, you only have two choices, AT&T and T-Mobile. AT&T makes you sign a two contract, whether you purchase device from them or not; T-Mobile for the most part is inconsistent, especially if you travel. Oh, by the way, AT&T doesn't part take in Straight Talk anymore, so basically you're stuck with T-Mobile.
20. papss (unregistered)
I'd rather be on AT&T.. Its a better overall choice. Once your contract is up just buy a phone and stay with them off contract. Better than inconsistent service with travelling.
21. parkwaydr (Posts: 572; Member since: 07 Sep 2011)
They just had to make the release date the same as my birthday. Thanks, way to tease me.
23. tokuzumi (Posts: 264; Member since: 27 Aug 2009)
It will be interesting to see if the mod community is able to turn t-mobile/at&t devices into "nexus user experience" devices, where the updates will come straight from google (obviously only with AOSP based roms, not touchwiz), much like the yakjuxw phones were turned into takju phones, so the updates would come straight from google, and not samsung. If so, I'll most likely go this route, as the phones will be cheaper on the used market.