Rumored specs for the "rugged" Samsung Galaxy S4 reveal a different processor under the hood

Rumored specs for the
The so-called "rugged" version of the Samsung Galaxy S4 that is expected to be released water and dust proof, has just been through the GFX Benchmark site and some interesting information has been revealed. First of all, according to the site, the name of the phone will be the Samsung Galaxy S4 J Active. One model (SGH-I537) is believed to be heading for AT&T in the states, while another model (GT-I9295) will be released in Europe. The phone will be unveiled in a matter of weeks, and follows a new trend toward the water and dust proofing of high end models which really took off at CES with the Sony Xperia Z.

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.


Thanks, Anonymous Tipster!

source: GFXBench via Techtastic

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Galaxy S4 Active
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 600, Quad-core, 1900 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2600 mAh(15h 3G talk time)

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86 Comments

1. UrbanPhantom

Posts: 949; Member since: Oct 30, 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

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 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: Oct 30, 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

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Tip : Next time, don't remember to but "lol" when you're joking, people will misunderstood you if there's no "lol". lol :)

45. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

*don't forget to, not don't remember to. Sorry about that! I was messed up. :)

49. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

If you are finished with your trolling, go to bed.

52. abate

Posts: 43; Member since: Dec 19, 2012

So you are one of those sammy fans he mentioned? :D

70. ecmedic4

Posts: 520; Member since: May 02, 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: 597; Member since: Jan 10, 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: Oct 30, 2012

I have a 3930K with only six cores, but it uses premium unleaded ;o)

35. mayur007

Posts: 593; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

i think it should be called "dual quad core" ... lol

43. Galen20K

Posts: 579; Member since: Dec 26, 2008

Actually... that's not a bad idea! lol

78. Jack58221

Posts: 157; Member since: Feb 23, 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: Oct 30, 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: May 14, 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: Dec 13, 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

Posts: 208; Member since: Aug 10, 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

69. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

Pot calling the kettle black.

71. ecmedic4

Posts: 520; Member since: May 02, 2013

Ironic isnt it?

67. jcarrigan unregistered

wow so only att gets it in the us, thats bulls**t!!!

72. tedkord

Posts: 17452; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Works fine on other S4 pro phones.

76. R-vjn

Posts: 301; Member since: Jan 07, 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

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 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: 1469; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

design doesn't matter if it cant sell as well.

8. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 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?

11. Wiki_jaan

Posts: 704; Member since: Jun 24, 2012

G.s4 sold 6million in a week

13. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Of course I know that, congrats to Samsung. And congrats to Sony as well.

19. istitch

Posts: 181; Member since: Mar 19, 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.

20. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Well said! +1

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