The quad-core Snapdragon 600 powered Samsung Galaxy S4 is one heck of a device, but after many found out the Octa core version wasn’t coming to the U.S. due to LTE issues, there was quite a bit of disappointment in the air. However, it seems that things are changing, as Newegg is now taking orders for the unlocked version of the Exynos 5 Octa powered Samsung Galaxy S4 for $619.99.
The only real difference in this model is the eight processor cores and the faster GPU. Aside from that, you get the same 5-inch 1080p Super AMOLED screen, 2GB of RAM, a 13-megapixel rear camera, a 2MP front facing camera, 16GB of internal storage, a microSD slot, and a 2,600 mAh battery. Then, you get the usual bevy of features — Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC, GPS, HSPA+, and an IR Blaster. On the software side of things, you’re getting Samsung’s latest version of TouchWiz atop of Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean.
Keep in mind that you aren’t getting any sort of LTE capabilities here. From the looks of it, it seems that this model will only be running on HSPA+, and that’s due to LTE compatibility issues. On the bright side, LTE is a pretty big battery drain, so having this device on HSPA+ may not be so bad in the long run.
While the device does cost $619.99, you can actually get it at a discounted price using coupon code EMCYTZT3998 during checkout.
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You’re also getting less and/or not as good dev support
You are getting a device that performs essentially the same as the US Galaxy S4, but, as @mastermuffin:disqus said, with less support from developers and carriers. Some reports also say it has poorer battery life.
See this: http://www.phonearena.com/news/Galaxy-S4-Exynos-5-Octa-vs-Galaxy-S4-Snapdragon-600-benchmark-comparison_id43554
And this: http://cpuboss.com/cpus/Samsung-Exynos-5-Octa-vs-Qualcomm-Snapdragon-600
And this: http://www.gsmarena.com/samsung_galaxy_s4_i9500_vs_i9505-review-930p6.php
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