Only a few days ago we learned that the Exynos 5 Octa chip will indeed support LTE bands, and now we hear that South Korean Android fans will soon be able to order their Galaxy S4 smartphone with the eight-core chip inside (model number SHV-E300S) complete with LTE powers.
While Samsung wasn’t apparently able to mass-produce enough Exynos 5 Octa SoCs for a more widespread launch and had to use Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 600 quad-core alternative for most of the models that will go on sale in the coming weeks, at least the phone that’s launched in its home country will pack the company’s next-generation processor.
According to Korean site Naver, the South Korean Galaxy S4 model will launch at the end of April or in early May. Apparently Samsung has just finished testing the handset in the wild and it’s now ready to launch the handset in the country – a local Unpacked event may be held to announce the handset locally.
Pricing details are not available at this time, and we have no exact launch dates from local carriers, but it’s probably only a matter of weeks until the handset will be made official.
Interestingly, the publication reveals that Samsung has been testing the Galaxy S4 in South Korea for 29 days, carrying the device in square protection cases meant to conceal its design – the handset was officially unveiled only a couple of weeks ago, at a special media event in New York City.
Recent benchmarks have revealed that the Exynos 5 Octa can offer a significant performance bump on top of what the Snapdragon 600 has to offer, but those international buyers that are looking to get the most powerful Galaxy S4 version will have to wait a while until Samsung will launch this model in other markets.
Before getting too excited about this Exynos 5 Octa-based Galaxy S4, we’ll remind you that Samsung is yet to confirm launch details (including model version) for South Korea.