The Samsung I9505 Galaxy S4, the Snapdragon 600 one, got a software update and while we felt like a new battery test was in order. A lot has changed since we released our first test and we were curious to find out how it has affected the smartphone’s power autonomy.
After the update, the battery life of the phone did improve overall. Here are the new results. Note: the old results are marked in yellow.
Talk time saw a massive improvement of just over 4 hours, putting the I9505 Galaxy S4 close to the top of this chart. We have rarely seen better performances and it’s quite unlikely you’ll deplete your Galaxy S4 battery just by talking.
Talk time :
- Motorola RAZR MAXX (ICS) 21:18
- LG Optimus G Pro 20:45
- Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX 20:24
- Motorola RAZR i 20:07
- Sony Xperia SP 19:49
- Samsung Galaxy S4 (S600) 18:03
- Samsung Galaxy Note II N7100 16:57
- Sony Xperia Z 16:03
- LG Optimus G 15:30
- Sony Xperia ZL 15:22
- Nokia Lumia 720 15:17
- Samsung Galaxy S4 (S600) 13:53
- Pantech Burst 4:46
Surprisingly, web browsing started killing the battery faster after the update – an hour and twenty minutes faster to be specific. At 7 hours and 24 minutes, the new Galaxy S4 result isn’t bad, but it’s no longer one of the best.
Web browsing :
- HTC One 9:58
- Apple iPhone 5 9:56
- Motorola RAZR MAXX (ICS) 9:12
- Apple iPad mini 9:05
- Samsung Galaxy Note II N7100 8:48
- Samsung Galaxy S4 (S600) 8:42
- Nokia Lumia 810 8:20
- Asus Padfone 2 8:20
- Nokia Lumia 610 8:01
- HTC One X+ 7:56
- Sony Xperia E dual 7:42
- Samsung Galaxy S4 (S600) 7:24
- Samsung Galaxy Nexus 3:01
Video playback compensated with an improvement of just over 2 hour, once again putting the Samsung Galaxy S4 close to the top. With this improvement, the Samsung flagship managed to overtake the iPhone 5 and the even the Galaxy Note II.
Video playback :
- Motorola RAZR MAXX (ICS) 16:35
- Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX 14:17
- Apple iPad mini 12:51
- Samsung Galaxy Premier 12:51
- Samsung Galaxy S4 (S600) 12:30
- Samsung Galaxy Note II N7100 11:27
- Samsung Galaxy S4 (S600) 10:16
- Apple iPhone 5 10:12
- HTC One 10:02
- Samsung I9300 Galaxy S III 10:01
- Nokia Lumia 710 3:27
Standby power usage doesn’t seem to have changed much, but the (mostly) improved performance in the individual tests did push the endurance rating up to 69 hours (up from 63 hours). The Samsung Galaxy S4 was one of the most solid performers when it comes to battery life and it’s now even better.
By the way, we’re running our battery tests on the Exynos 5 Octa version of the Samsung Galaxy S4, that’s the I9500, and we’ll report back when they’re done. Those Cortex-A7 cores better justify the existence of the I9500 as the Cortex-A15 and PowerVR SGX544MP3 don’t really offer all that great performance boost.
It seems that someone with access to a Dalmore Tegra 4 evaluation board decided to see how it does on the GLBenchmark GPU benchmark for Android.
The results, if they turn out to be legitimate, show Nvidia’s latest mobile SoC offering as capable of some promising graphics performance, but ultimately falls short of taking the top spot away from Apple’s A6X chip.
According to the benchmark results, the display the board was attached to had a resolution of 1920 x 1128 pixels, with the Tegra 4 chip running at a clock speed of 1.8GHz on Android 4.2.1. For comparisons sake, the iPad 4 numbers can be found here.
Keep in mind that these numbers, even if they are actually a Tegra 4-running board, are not reflective of the overall performance you might get from an actual device running the Tegra 4 architecture, just its graphics prowess. With four Cortex-A15 CPU cores at hand, the Tegra 4 should be able to easily outdo its Apple-made competitor in terms processing power.
The Samsung Galaxy S IV next Samsung flagship keeps talking about himself.
An image alleged to be of Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S IV smartphone was published on Friday by SamMobile. If authentic, the image reveals that Samsung will finally ditch its traditional home and navigational buttons for on-screen keys.
The bezel around the device is thinner, giving the upcoming Galaxy smartphone a near edge-to-edge display, similar to Motorola’s DROID RAZR M.
The Galaxy S IV is rumored to feature a 4.99-inch Super AMOLED full HD 1920 X 1080 display, and include a 2GHz quad-core Exynos processor, 2GB of RAM and a 13-megapixel rear camera.
It should be noted, however, that SamMobile could not 100% confirm that the image is authentic. The most recent rumors suggest the Galaxy S IV will be released in April. But with the Samsung Lebanon facebook’s account hinting a realese date to May, we will hear a lot about the GS IV.
In the mean time you should take this rumors with a pinch of salt, until we hear an official word from Samsung.
Samsung’s Galaxy S line of flagships traditionally launches in Q2 – the original launched in June, the sequel in April and the Galaxy S III in May. What about the S IV? A post on Samsung Lebanon’s Facebook account points to May for the Samsung Galaxy S IV launch date.
While we know better than to take anything coming from a Facebook page for granted, we wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if the Galaxy S IV has a May launch (it’s when the S III launched after all).
Earlier, Reuters reported that the S IV will be launching in April, which doesn’t seems slightly less likely, given the enormous popularity the Galaxy S III and Note II are still enjoying.
That’s for the launch date, when the new phone might be announced is a completely different matter. The first two of the line were announced a few months before launch, while the Galaxy S III was announced and launched in May. We expect the forth Galaxy S flagship to follow the footsteps of its predecessor, though, and only go official a couple of weeks before it hits the shelves.
Now if everyone could please stop with the CES/MWC announcement rumors – it’s simply not happening. What we might see at CES though, is tech that will go into the Galaxy S IV like the rumored 5″ 1080p Super AMOLED or a Cortex-A15 based chipset, which are also going around the rumor mill.