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New Samsung SM-G900S gets benchmarked: 2560x1440 display, Android KitKat and 2.5 GHz processor could define the Galaxy S5

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New Samsung SM-G900S gets benchmarked: 2560x1440 display, Android KitKat and 2.5 GHz processor could define the Galaxy S5
Observant folks from The Droid Guy have noticed a brand new Samsung SM-G900S entrance in Kishonti's GFX cross-platform graphics benchmark database. The most interesting part here is the breathtaking 2560x1440 pixels screen resolution, which, if you remember, was tucked in a Samsung presentation as coming next year in the form of a 560ppi Super AMOLED smartphone display at a 5"+ diagonal.

Given that an alleged Samsung Galaxy S5 metal frame already leaked out, returning a roughly 5.3" screen diagonal when measured, the conclusion is that this device, coded G900S, could be an early Galaxy S5 prototype with 2K display, Android 4.4 KitKat and 2.5 GHz Qualcomm processor, judging from the specs table below. 

The graphics benchmarks are pretty stellar, but it's the processor that raises some eyebrows - the MSM8974 listed below is Qualcomm's numbering for a Snapdragon 800 processor, and the Adreno 330 GPU only comes to confirm that. Not that Snapdragon 800 isn't a blazing fast processor, but given that Qualcomm already announced its faster Snapdragon 805 will be in devices by next summer, and ARM hinted it's putting the final touches for the production of 64-bit Exynos with Samsung, we were expecting one of those last two to end up in an eventual Galaxy S5.

A Snapdragon 800 won't really ensure that the S5 is futureproof, so this is either an early prototype version of the phone, outfitted with the 2K display for testing purposes, or some new gear, like a tablet, for instance. The resolution, however, is more fitting to the onslaught of 2K phones we are expecting next year, and of which it's speculated the Vivo Xplay 3S will be a first representative come next week, and this one sports 2560x1440 pixels display, too. 

The "klteskt" product build tag hints that this is a device tested for Korea's SK Telecom, and with an LTE radio at that, so it might very well be an early Galaxy S5 engineering sample with a WQHD display, and the processor situation could change when the 64-bit Exynos and Snapdragon 805 hit the conveyor belts, or so we're hoping.

source: GFXBench via TheDroidGuy

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posted on 04 Dec 2013, 04:24 16

1. Boybawang (Posts: 148; Member since: 02 Jun 2013)

I hope the suspected device with that resolution is just a Tablet and not S5. 560ppi on a phone is just ignorance and stupidity

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 05:40 15

11. _Bone_ (Posts: 2155; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)

Technology's won't stop cause you think something's "enough", following that logic we'd still be having low-res color TVs of the last century, cause what more do you want... it's a television... with colors! :D

2k screen via low-energy pentile arrangement on a larger than 5" screen makes sense, look how efficient the Note 3 screen is already. It's about the same sub-pixel density of the demanding RGB LCD of HTC One, and ppl. only called HTC ignorant and stupid until they looked at that gorgeous screen, then realized those sentiments applied for themselves.

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 06:01 3

12. Finalflash (Posts: 3527; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)

So be it but would the effort and time wasted making that happen (including money) be better spent on "actually" increasing value in a meaningful way. Call it at 1080p for 5 inch displays and maybe focus on energy efficiency more, and maybe better software optimizations.

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 06:11 7

13. _Bone_ (Posts: 2155; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)

Increase value in what way? You are expected to get a revolutionary 16MP ISOCELL camera, 64-bit efficient 22nm true Octa-Core CPU, 4GB fast RAM, 4000mAh battery, improved AMOLED tech, possible via thin damage-resistant flexible screen, a metal frame, redesigned TouchWiz AND a 2k sharp screen for the same money you spent on your S2, S3 or S4, and you want further value increase?

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 06:57 1

15. yudi.nemesis (Posts: 1127; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)

Since both Sony and Samsung claim that their sensor is more superior than conventional BSI Sensor, I really want to see some real life and fair comparison between ISOCELL vs Exmor RS.

And maybe we can also see WQHD Display comparison from Japan Display, Samsung and LG.

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 07:58 1

22. Pancholo (Posts: 380; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)

Yup. Only with those *expected* features (battery, especifically) will it really make sense to have a ridiculously high resolution of such caliber.

We're just suckers constantly drooling at these technologies, and we usually compromise 1 or 2 features just to have the phone that tingles our dreams... every 6-12 months.

We need better batteries, not an excuse to keep raising display resolutions.

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 13:59

38. rallyguy (Posts: 620; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)

With governments literally wasting money, I'm not going to criticize a company for spending their own money.

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 07:28 2

17. Shatter (Posts: 2036; Member since: 29 May 2013)

No 1080p is high enough to not see pixels on the 5" and below displays. TVs are far from not seeing pixels up close even 8k tvs will have pixels if your close. Better time can be spent into improving the displays color quality, energy efficency, contrast ratio, etc. Upping the resolution is pointless on a 5" display there is nothing wrong with a 1080p phone screen.

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 12:07 1

30. Chris_Bakke (Posts: 240; Member since: 23 Jan 2013)

The last two Samsung flagships have had literally an infinite contrast ratio.

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 09:26 2

24. hurrycanger (Posts: 1625; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)

Agree with you. People who say 1080p of enough are like those who said 720p was enough. I remember last year, so many people in sites like this keep saying "why 1080p? 720 is good enough. My laptop is 720 and it's good..." And now people are like 1080p is enough. XD

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 14:14 2

39. 14545 (Posts: 1676; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)

Screen quality(colors, contrast, etc.) are different than pixel densities. @ 1080 you can't, or almost can't, differentiate between different pixels without a magnifying glass. Maybe 2k will completely make any display under 5" a completely solid "picture" to the naked eye(if 1080 didn't, but I think it did). Beyond that, unless you are applying it to larger screens, there is no need to keep adding pixels. Work on screen tech(quality, efficiency), but stop adding pixels. It is useless. More pixels beyond that just requires more resources to handle the added pixels that can't even be seen. .

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 17:16

46. vampyren (Posts: 22; Member since: 26 Apr 2013)


And this is why Apple did not add it for their 5S, its sort of pointless. I have S4 and its totally great, i just love the screen and more pixels is just a total waste of battery and resources as you say.I'm so amazed how much Samsung managed to put into S4, for me i wouldnt even need a new phone as S4 is so so fast, software optimization and updates is where its at. They have amazing phones already. Look at S5 it has 1Gig of ram and so much less CPU power (GPU is actually quite good) but it still beat the much more powerful S4 in many tests so why not make more optimisation and use the hardware more efficiently.....

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 16:09 1

41. ngo2dd (Posts: 896; Member since: 08 Jul 2011)

1080 at 440 poi is more then enough. Anymore serves no added value to a cellphone. Most media are only scale up to 1080p, so how would this help? What value is added?

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 09:52

26. zuckerboy (banned) (Posts: 898; Member since: 22 Dec 2011)

I have no doubt that you will be the first who get s5

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 23:19

45. Adrian38 (Posts: 142; Member since: 05 Nov 2012)

Totally agree with you. I personally thought 720p was good enough on a phone. I mean, it's a phone... Haha I could never tell the difference between a 720p screen and a 1080p screen. At least not on a screen so small. But that's Samsung. Doing it because they can Lol

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 04:25 1

2. aayupanday (Posts: 580; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)

Snapdragon 805 for the US version?

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 04:25

3. Abo3amood (Posts: 10; Member since: 16 Nov 2013)

Some confirmations of the rumors are on the way :D

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 04:42 2

4. Teja171 (unregistered)

What is this ? Cpu max frequency is 2.5ghz, which accounts for Snapdragon 805 soc.

Where is the Adreno 400 Gpu ?

This a debunked rumour surrounding the S5.

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 06:13 1

14. _Bone_ (Posts: 2155; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)

More likely the MSM8974AB, the higher clocked SD800 expected to hit the Xiaomi Mi-3 among other phones. The SD805 is not ready for testing.

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 04:42 6

5. xIJoeyBoyIx (Posts: 7; Member since: 25 Oct 2013)

Even with these specs if touchwiz isn't optimized well enough we will probably still see lag on the device.

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 12:42 1

32. ebubekir26 (Posts: 334; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)

nope, impossible, I have not once seen Touchwiz lag on my Note 3, only for a couple of seconds after rebooting but that's just normal like every phone....

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 04:53 3

6. wando77 (Posts: 1076; Member since: 23 Aug 2012)

New nexus 10?

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 05:21

10. WindowsiDroid (Posts: 138; Member since: 22 Jul 2013)


posted on 04 Dec 2013, 05:06 10

7. Mr.Singh (Posts: 12; Member since: 02 Aug 2012)

plz no more resolution upgrade,, we just need more processing power & ram !! ...nd no increase in size

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 07:14 1

16. akki20892 (Posts: 3902; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)

5 inch - 2K or 1080p
Processor - Quad core(1.5Ghz to 3.5Ghz), or Hexa Core(1.2Ghz to 3.2Ghz) or Octa Core(1.2Ghz to 3Ghz)
Metal Or High quality Plastic or Graphene
RAM - 4GB to 8GB
Battery - 3000mAh to 5000mAh
Storage - 16GB to 64GB
this specs only for great smartphone.

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 07:30 5

18. Shatter (Posts: 2036; Member since: 29 May 2013)

1080p is 2k... Who started the lie that 1440p is 2k?

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 07:45 4

20. spiderpig2894 (Posts: 597; Member since: 10 Jan 2012)

Yup. 1080 is 2k and the 1440 is also in the 2k range because it is 2560x1440 or the 2K HD

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 07:54 1

21. Bishop_99 (Posts: 75; Member since: 04 Dec 2013)

They should probably refer to it as 2.5k since they are focusing on the horizontal resolution instead of the vertical resolution (1080p). Since 1080p already is 2k(1920), then the 2560x1440 should be referred to as 2.5k.

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 07:30 2

19. blingblingthing (Posts: 578; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)

Sad seeing these comments. Using that logic we'd have less capable phones, slower cars, CRT monitors etc.

Let the world continue to rotate and technology continue to advance.

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 08:01

23. Pancholo (Posts: 380; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)

It's like putting a V12, 8.0L motor in a Fiat 500... You'll still run out of gas - FAST.

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