As Samsung Galaxy S5’s formal announcement is undoubtedly nearing, you’d think the Koreans would be just about ready to leave the S4 and its numerous derivations behind. Save for software support, where we expect yesteryear’s flagship to be remembered for a little while longer.
But by the looks of it, Sammy isn’t quite done with diluting the GS4 brand. Or milking the 5-inch cash cow. The Galaxy S4 and S4 Mini Black Editions are barely a couple of days old, and another confusing S4-branded device has been spotted online, carrying the GT-I9515 model number.
Since the original S4’s aliases are GT-I9500 and I9505, it’s crystal clear we’re looking at an ever so slightly souped-up model. But where are the upgrades? Based on intel revealed by popular benchmarking tool NenaMark 2, this I9515 packs a quad-core 1.9 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 CPU, Adreno 320 GPU, and 5-inch 1,920 x 1,080 pixels resolution display.
So the exact same hardware as the S4. There is one little improvement in the software department, where Android 4.4 KitKat runs the show, though it’s a matter of weeks, maybe days until the I9500 and I9505 will get the brand new package over-the-air.
Ultimately, our best guess is the I9515 will go official as the Galaxy S4 Neo (or Lite), and lower the ante from a storage, camera and/or screen standpoint. Let’s see, 8 GB built-in memory, 8 MP rear snapper and LCD panel? Sound like compromises you’d be willing to make for, say, 50 bucks shaved off S4’s price? Sound off below.
Via [Sam Mobile]