Galaxy Note 3’s CPU choice to be the Snapdragon 800 at launch, report says

by: Chris SmithAugust 22, 2013

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A report from Korea claims that the Samsung may have chosen Qualcomm as the main processor provider for its next-gen Galaxy Note model, instead of its Exynos 5 Octa line.

ETNews has it from sources familiar with the matter that the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 may have been preferred as the main CPU for the Galaxy Note 3 at launch, as Samsung is still encountering some issues with its eight-core Exynos 5 Octa processors.

The publication says that the first Galaxy Note 3 units will have the Snapdragon 800 inside – apparently 4 million units will get Qualcomm CPUs.

However, about 20-30% of future Galaxy Note 3 units will have an Exynos 5 Octa CPU inside, specifically the Exynos 5420 model, the report says.

The Exynos 5420 should offer an overall better performance than the Exynos 5410 model that was used in the Galaxy S4, and which ETNews says it had design errors which lead to heat-related issues.

We will remind you that we’ve seen already a few reports detailing specs and features for two Galaxy Note 3 version, one based on Qualcomm’s flagship processor and one based on Samsung’s big.LITTLE chips. Furthermore, additional reports even provided a detailed list of markets for each of the two models.

Considering that there’s nothing official just yet, we’ll just have to wait and see what Galaxy Note 3 versions Samsung will launch this fall. But it’ll certainly be interesting to see whether there are any issues with Samsung’s Exynos 5 Octa chips that prevent the company from deploying them in larger numbers in its flagship devices.

  • lesportif

    Big.LITTLE is flawed, A15 is too hungry, Octa is doomed. Nobody cares as long as Samsung’s flagship devices are powered by a good Qualcomm chip.
    I wonder how much this Octa-thing has costed to Samsung ? Maybe more than what they earned with such a PR stunt…

    • southerndinner

      You think the average consumer cares?

      • abazigal

        Maybe not, but they are still losing out in areas like battery life.

        • Seth Forbus

          The quad core in my Note ll gets me 3 days of battery life. I don’t see why an Octa-core can’t be scaled for that. Its all about the software, not much about the hardware. (This phone is rooted running the Pac-Man rom).

          • Ivan Myring

            A fellow pacman user. Yeah

          • Mike Palmer

            You like that ROM? I’m using AOKP with my note 2 and it’s pretty good but I wanna try some new ROM’s, have tried AOKP and if you have how’s it compare to the PAC-Man ROM. Sorry to ask so many questions bro.

          • Ivan Myring

            Pacman is sooooo much better than AOKP. all the aokp features and Halo, Pie Hybrid etc. Feel free to ask about it.
            I do use it on an nexus 4 though. Shouldn’t be any difference

          • Mike Palmer

            Is it as smooth?

          • Ivan Myring

            Depends on version a bit (some night lies are better than others) but generally, its maybe 2-5% less smooth. Really great though, and the feature set really makes up for it. With a custom kernel, its great.

          • Mike Palmer

            Thanks man

      • lesportif

        No (that’s just what I said !).

  • Alan

    Samsung is good, but too expensive, I think.

    • Bobby Bryla

      HUH? Have you been to the Apple store recently?

    • Samsung

      go to buy android junk Moto X right now

  • Robert Crosby

    i better have a Qualcomm chip i dont trust samsung whether it boost benchmark scores or not, i trust Qualcomm

    • Bryan Z

      ha! thats true I almost forgot about that

    • MasterMuffin

      They make the firmware, they can boost the scores even if there’s Qualcomm inside. I don’t think they’ll do that anymore though, because that’d be just stupid to get caught of it twice!

  • A person who asks for too much

    Yes! Qualcomm is the way to go. I do not want Samsungs Exynos. First, their crappy chips are always coming witt problems that Samsung do not care to fix. Anybody remember the eMMC brick bug and SDS? I know these issues can be fixed by using a different kernel, but me as a customer don’t have to do all that hassle just to make sure that the problems are gone, it is Samsung responsibility to do that. Second, their chips do not support LTE, they have not integrated LTE into their chips….and third, they would never release the sources code……that is why:

    Qualcomm Snapdragon >> Samsung Exynos.

    All day, everyday!

    • Tisoyboy2

      USA Verizon Note 2 has Exynos 4412 and supports LTE.

    • Genti Xhanari

      I don’t agree with you, I have the Exynos version of the Galaxy S4 and besides not supporting LTE it is very good, and even better than the Qualcomm version. From my personal experience I’ve realised that the Qualcomm version had a slight freezing when switching between homepages and hard gaming, though it might be related to the GPU but the Exynos version never had such problems. The GPU of the Exynos version has nearly double the power of the Qualcomm version. In my contry they sell both the versions at the same price but since LTE is not very important for me I chose the better CPU (The Exynos version is Octa Core or rather has two CPUs (they do not work at the same time) which makes the phone work even faster) and GPU. So Exynos (or rather, ARM) is not as bad as you think, it is an experienced British company which makes quite good chipsets. You may not like them because they don’t support LTE but I think you might be exaggerating it a bit.

      • A person who asks for too much

        You did not read my whole comment…I wrote that there are three reasons why I do not like Samsung Exynos, I did not mention only because of the lack of LTE.

  • John-Phillip Saayman

    I like qualcomm processors, but I actually like Exynos as well. We don’t use lte in SA so it’s not a big thing. But battery life is always important and we can’t have SDS again.

    • John-Phillip Saayman

      I just feel like everyone uses qualcomm so it’s all the same. I like processors that compete.

      • John

        I don’t care if there’s a million different types of processors competing other than the fact that competition is good for technological innovation. If there’s a million different processors, I’ll still pick the best one. I’m not going to pick a different one just because it’s a competitor lol. It’s a processor, basically for processor speed, efficiency, and the other little lot associated with it. There’s a whole bunch of shoes out there. I’m not going to just pick Crocs because it’s a competitor. I’m sticking with Adidas, and others with Nike.

        • Bobby Bryla

          What’s funny is that I see a very small percentage of geeks and “religious war” types that will ask the sales clerk at Verizon to find out which CPU is in the phone before buying it…

          • Mike Palmer

            I asked when I was visiting a T-Mobile store and the Lady was wrong about the 2 I asked about and I had to inform her lol I know it’s sad…….

  • jc

    any one know how the adreno 330 and mali t628 compare?

    • Ivan Myring

      I think I read the adreno was like 5% better, but I’m not sure

      • renz

        can you give the link where you read it? personally i’m interested with it’s performance as well. now we need to see Power VR 6 series performance as well :)

        • Ivan Myring

          Sorry, but I can’t remember the website. It was only a small site, not like andantech or something.

  • GoogleToday DotNet

    I appreciate the Galaxy Note line at the very least for its S Pen ability, but I wonder if the Galaxy Note 3 is only a slight jump in specs, and that it may be better to wait for the Note 4. Especially since the cost usually runs about $100 more than the Galaxy S line.

    • Bobby Bryla

      Well, wait wait wait, and you never own anything because a better one is just around the corner. Buy the best you can when you need it and over time you’re going to save money and be the most productive. Unless you have unlimited cash in which case I’d just buy every new model that came out.

      • GoogleToday DotNet

        Please don’t get me wrong, I do want the Note 3. But after buying nearly every cool phone that came along since the HTC Dream, I just don’t want to blow another $700 on a phone that will be replaced in < 6 months. I currently own 10 android devices.

    • Mike Palmer

      If it has the snapdragon 800 then it’s a big enough bump for me and and it’s gonna have a lil bit bigger screen! Take my money and shut up Samsung. :-P

      • Tisoyboy2

        I agree….Snap800 and 3gb of RAM is tempting enough to dual boot Win8. Sammie also has Android drivers to connect an External DVD ROM.

        • Mike Palmer

          With a custom ROM it would fly…..

        • Ivan Myring

          You could not run windows on it. Except RT. S800 is ARM not x86. Ubuntu though…

      • skywalkr2

        And 1080p 5.7 inch display

        • Mike Palmer

          Yes Sir that’s all the bump in specs I need :-)

  • Dynamite

    Then an iPhone 5S with its quand core A7 CPU will come and kill this and all snapdragon 800 devices.

    • Bobby Bryla

      Yawn. So what? It’s APPLE. And that kills it for me and many others, I don’t care if it’s an Intel i7 in there. It’s an APPLE piece of shite. Hey, how IS Steve Jobs doing in his iCoffin these days?

    • EvenInTheDarkestHour

      Great. But, how well does Android run on an iPhone?

      • Mike Palmer

        Just drop it with the iPhone, everyone else already has.

        • EvenInTheDarkestHour


    • ThumbsUpForAndroidAutomation

      Yes, in 2026 maybe.

    • Pradeep Viswanathan R

      Quand what?

    • Mike Palmer

      IPhone is always behind with it’s hardware so I wouldn’t look for them to blow anyone away. I think it won’t matter anymore if it is fast because most people have long closed that book.

  • Jason

    Could this be note 3 with flexible display has snote app

    • skywalkr2

      I hope not… That looks ridiculous.