updated 03:30 pm EDT, Mon April 23, 2012
Samsung i9300 given unofficial benchmarks
Samsung's GT-i9300, possibly the third-generation Galaxy, has had its performance leaked through inadvertent postings to GLBenchmark. The 3D tests caught by a Phone Arena reader show that the quad-core Exynos 4412 chip in the device looks to beat any existing Android phone, and likely the iPhone 4S, by a wide margin. In the common-use Egypt test, the i9300 would be roughly a third faster than the similarly quad-core Tegra 3 in the international HTC One X and three times faster than Samsung's own Galaxy S II.
A pro test wouldn't see as large a shift, but would still see the yet-to-come phone well in front, and more than twice as fast as its predecessor.
The achievement would come in spite of the new phone using the same Mali-400 video as its year-old predecessor. Tips have suggested that it may have a higher clock speed, at 440MHz instead of 266MHz on the S II, and would combine with the two extra cores to give a disproportionately faster experience than quad-core alone.
While full details of the next Galaxy will wait until May 3, the early clues could point to Samsung's attempts to stoke demand being at least partly merited by the generational leap in technology. Its core rival, Apple, is rumored to be going beyond the iPad's A5X chip with a future iPhone, but what that entails and whether or not it rivals Samsung isn't clear. Apple may wait until the fall for an update and could give Samsung a momentary technical advantage. [via Android and Me]