Stock Android version of the Samsung Galaxy S4 is an adjusted T-Mobile model?

Stock Android version of the Samsung Galaxy S4 is an adjusted T-Mobile model?
According to a published report, the stock Android version of the Samsung Galaxy S4 that was displayed this past week at Google I/O, is actually a modified T-Mobile version of the phone (SGH-M919). Using FCC data for the model, and knowing that it offers AT&T and T-Mobile LTE and WCDMA connectivity, the T-Mobile variant of the phone is the only one that fits. The fact that Google is apparently choosing to call the phone's stock Android modification the "Nexus user experience" rather than the "Google Experience" as it once called the Motorola DROID for example, is indicative of Google's intention to deliver all updates directly.

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.


source: AnandTech via AndroidAuthoity

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Galaxy S4
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 600, Quad-core, 1900 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2600 mAh(17h 3G talk time)

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24 Comments

1. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

I hope Google does a better job this time around than they did when the Nexus 4 dropped. :-(

15. tedkord

Posts: 17452; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

At $650, I don't think I don't have to worry about their servers being blown out.

2. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 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: May 15, 2012

Snapdragon 600 is on par with Exynos Octa processor ..i am waiting for the SnapDragon 800 !!!

10. Kjayhawk

Posts: 294; Member since: Oct 07, 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 5. LTE 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 unregistered

7. Micro SD card support 8. Better camera than GNex and N4

9. imkyle

Posts: 1116; Member since: Nov 18, 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

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 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: 364; Member since: Apr 05, 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

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 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: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 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

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 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: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 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: 162; Member since: Jan 09, 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.

3. donfem

Posts: 708; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Nice one there

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: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 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 unregistered

Sooo.......a galaxy s4 nexus?? On t mobile? Hey sounds good for Samsung fans lol

7. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

Pimp my Galaxy S4

11. JunBringer

Posts: 138; Member since: Oct 01, 2012

Did the original Droid get updates right from Google?

17. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 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: Sep 07, 2011

They just had to make the release date the same as my birthday. Thanks, way to tease me.

23. tokuzumi

Posts: 1948; Member since: Aug 27, 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.

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