Galaxy S4 with Exynos 5 Octa CPU and LTE coming to South Korea (model number SHV-E300S)

by: Chris SmithMarch 30, 2013

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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.

HTC One vs Galaxy S4 benchmarks

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.

  • MasterMuffin

    I remember when someone here was arguing with me and saying that snappy 600 got much better scores than Exynos and that HTC One got better scores than both sgs4 models. If you’re reading this, I can now say NO

    • tomislav

      Not only that. Samsung lower RAM from 1066MHz to 800MHz, otherwise there would be even better results…

      • That’s interesting…I really didn’t know that. Does it make any significant difference the type of ram (One=DDR2 vs S4=DDR3)?

        • MasterMuffin

          DDR3 can (in theory) have twice the bandwith as compared to DDR2

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  • Danial Zainal

    bring on the S4 to singapore as soon as possible

  • Roodly Philogene

    For a octacore chip it is not that impressive. The s800 will leave it in the dust, Specially in terms of GPU performance.

    • Kassim

      The 8 cores are not used simultaneously. It’s just a pair of quad-core chips of different generations used asynchronously (at different times) for different purposes.

      As far as I understand it from the information I’ve read on the chip, when looking for the best performance (e.g. for benchmarking), only the faster cortex A15 quad is in use, while the other quad (the slower A7 design) is turned off.

      It’s basically like saying if you had a horse drawn carriage and 8 animals to pull it, you’d use 4 mules (A7s) to chug you along at a steady pace in the city and you’d swap out the mules with 4 thoroughbreds (A15s) to get the best speed on the highways.

      You don’t use all eight animals at once since they have two distinct roles that they perform and excel at.

      As far as the S800 being better than any chip currently available (or soon to be), then I would probably agree with that.

    • lalala

      you dont say since s800 out in the later half of the year comparing diff generations.

  • Springfall

    Dear Chris:
    First, Naver is a Korean portal. (Although there is also a Japanese Naver as well) Second, you are citing an article from “inews24” which Naver is merely reposting.

    • dwshin

      You’re right. I think Chris mistook Naver as Japanese site because Sammobile used google-translated page (Korean to Japanese) as the source. Also, Japanese Naver is actually of the NHN Japan which is the branch of Korean company NHN.

      • RarestName

        One would think that Googling the same is easy. Google the word “Naver” and the first results shows Korean words.

  • wwizzard

    Naver is Korean website not Japanese.