Galaxy S5 will come in two versions: a Snapdragon 801 and an octa-core Exynos

by: Andrew GrushFebruary 25, 2014

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As expected, at MWC 2014 Samsung unveiled the much-anticipated Galaxy S5 bringing us a new back cover, a waterproof design and several other new hardware and software features. One thing Samsung didn’t talk about much was the CPU that would run the GS5.

As it turns out, Qualcomm has now confirmed that the Galaxy S5 will actually run on a 2.5GHz Snapdragon 801 CPU. The Snapdragon 801 is essentially a Snapdragon 800 with a faster clock speed and support for a faster maximum GPU frequency (578MHz vs 550MHz).

Aside from the Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 model, Samsung told Engadget that there will also be a 2.1GHz oct-core Exynos variant, just as we saw with the Galaxy S4 last year. Following past trends, the Exynos model will likely end up being pushed in select markets internationally, with North America and some parts of Europe getting the Snapdragon 801 CPU.

For more details on the Galaxy S5 be sure to check out our other great GS5 articles and our full MWC 2014 coverage. There’s also quite a few comparison videos and hands-on vids below:

What do you think of the Samsung Galaxy S5, impressed or were you hoping for a more dramatic change in terms of looks or specs?

  • Ross W

    Aside from the camera nice, heart beat tracker big deal & a finger scanner no big deal. There’s not much difference compare to the samsung galaxy s4

    • Jaun Lombard

      Everything is different….except the looks.

  • KillEmAllx

    Great news. It still a dissapointment though. I can’t get over the 2GB ram, that freaking backcover and size of this thing..

    • 2GB RAM is very good. Remember, it’s running new SoCs that are more power and RAM efficient. Also, the software (4.4 Kitkat) does that too.

      • Amine Elouakil

        but we are talking touchwiz…..not pure android

  • pops87

    So to be clear, there is no 2k variant of the s5? Just the 1080p option?

    • Yes. 1080p is very good though. It;s just that the 2K rumours were too optimistic. If the phone did have 2K, the battery would drain in two hours.

  • Corruptiondee

    Samsung really dropped the ball on this. I can understand that perhaps the Snapdragon 805 wasn’t available yet. But what’s the excuse for having the same ugly, heavily criticised, plastic design? I was expecting a more premium looking device like the Xperia Z1 or Z2. Also, another 1080p screen won’t lead the pack, nor will 2GB of RAM after all the TouchWiz bloat and even after the Note 3 had 3GB of RAM.

    At best, this is only an incremental improvement over the Galaxy S4, and only on par with the LG G2 and Xperia Z1S. In other words, no real motivation to upgrade for most people.

    • On par with the G2 or Z1S? It’s much better than them!

      • Corruptiondee

        That’s debatable and a matter of opinion. All 3 phones feature a Snapdragon 800. The main difference is the slightly higher clock speed, finger print scanner (that nobody wants), heart beat monitor, and 4K video support. However, the Xperia Z1 and the LG G2 have better designs, arguably better build quality, and better batteries. The LG G2 lasts all day on a single charge.

        My main point is that if you already own a top tier Snapdragon 800 powered device, there’s little to no reason to upgrade to the Galaxy S5. I’m more impressed with the G Pro 2 and Xperia Z2, both of which are also incremental upgrades as well.

        • Jaun Lombard

          “My main point is that if you already own a top tier Snapdragon 800 powered device, there’s little to no reason to upgrade to the Galaxy S5.”

          Thus no phone shown at the MWC will be an upgrade…the Z2 and S5 are my picks….both offer good spec but brings something different. Like both will offer good cameras, but it is not the same. The Sony win the looks department but every where els they are equal…the S5 might be cheaper and thus offer more value.

    • Melvin Suarez J.r

      Just to let you know.. S5 is running on kitkat and kitkat has lower minimum requirements for it to run so don’t need a lot of ram. Which can bring down the cost of the phone.. Note 3 out of the box in some markets still on jellybean. So would need the extra ram to support it…

  • dsDoan

    I’ll pass on account of the antiquated home button.

  • João Grácio

    2800 mha…..Seriously ?

  • jack

    Samsung needs to focus more on usable software features that work and also an optimized UI not specs.

  • John-Phillip Saayman

    Is the Exynos version only 3g? Or LTE as well?

    • Amine Elouakil

      3g, probably 4g in korea only

    • Memphis May [S]unjay

      Only 3G

    • It has 4G HSPA+ in Indian variant SM-G900H

  • Mattya1989

    Does anyone no if they use the Wolfson DAC chip?

    • George

      I wish they will but once again my market will only get the crappy sounding Qualcomm one…:(

  • Aar0nC

    What happened to the idea that there would be a lower spec s5 and a higher spec s5…is there still hope to see this higher spec s5 unveiled later in the year?

  • MadCowOnAStick

    still better than the iPhone 5S. now let’s take the time to look at this apple fanboy

    • Mike Bastable

      Personal enemy? Or do you just like to troll? AA should edit this post

      • MadCowOnAStick

        “Take that dick out of your mouth, I can’t understand anything.” – AndroidBoss

        I don’t have to censor any of their names because this is on Samsung Mobile USA’s page, and it’s public. Anyone who has internet access who’s country does not block Facebook can see those people’s names as they decided to comment publicly on that post.

        • Mike Bastable

          There IS a difference between posting and being replied to at the point of origin..which is fine. However to take someone from one site, without their knowledge, and repost them elsewhere for ridicule is not acceptable and is often referred to as trollingl.
          Next time think of a good joke or something, your posting history here At AA shows that You do not need to troll to make decent comments.
          One might not be required to do something but common courtesy often demands it
          Should I put the dick back in now?

          • MadCowOnAStick

            Trolling is usually referred as misleading someone or lying… or just simply pissing people off.

          • Mike Bastable

            Yawn.still a jerky thing to do dude

  • V-Phuc

    You guys realize that on a 16GB SG5, almost 8GB are eaten up by the pre-loaded bloatware, don’t you? Seriously, Samsung?!!! I thought they’ve learned the lesson with Note 3 or SG4, but apparently they didn’t! Another matter that irks me with AA is why they never discuss that storage claimed vs available when they first test any phone/tablet? I don’t care about heart rate monitor, fingerprint scanner, knockon/off, bla bla bla, but I DO care how much storage is TRULY available on my phone/tablet! Tell us the info we DO need, not gloating over what we may NEVER USE. Come on AA!!!

  • Micro Shaquer

    Sign a petition to RECALL this UGLY next FLOP thing.

  • Micro Shaquer


    • Jesus

      …dude, relax, it’s just a phone.

  • Otto Andersson

    So which is better? I live in Asia and need to know where I should buy my phone?

  • txgs

    Sometimes, I get the impression that android is not efficient at all. I mean, eight cores, 2 gb of ram for a phone OS? Is ARM not as good? Eight cores and 2gb on x86 can run windows 7 or a linux distro easy and it would be more capable than any android phone. I find this trend quite disturbing. Although I would understand if its only for the “hardware” race and not because the OS needs it. But then, an S4 gpe can still lag bad doing little with all its specs.

    • Mike Reid

      Correct, ARM is not as powerful as x86, core for core and GHZ for GHZ.

      But ARM is still more power efficient than x86.

      Anyway, for decades, software devs maxing out functionality (as customers/business demands) move to less efficient, higher level techniques & languages. And CPUs get more powerful, continuing to follow Moore’s law, so the answer to lag etc, is always to get one of the latest.

  • Suthan Sivekumaar

    Nice work Andrew Grush! Now I undertsand the difference between Octo processor and the Snapdragon processor. P.S, I enjoy both these processors!


    Maybe the Exynos variant of the GALAXY S5 may include 3gb ram?

  • cee

    They hit the holy trinity with this phone; copy of an iOS app, (the heart rate monitor has been on the App Store for years); fingerprint scanner (is there any other reason it’s there other than Apple have it?); and failed to copy the 64-bit chip that is manufactured on their own production line.
    It is the best looking Galaxy S phone so far, but I am trying to imagine pleather being sold as the top of the range product?
    Maybe the increase in Samsung’s marketing budgets, to a reported $14-$16bn this year, will be the key to making this the best selling ‘Roid on the market for the next 12 months.

  • xd feng

    See how cables function in a TV ?

    Faults like screen flicker will not occur whenrigid flex circuits safeguards the TV’s operation stably. Users will not feel any visual fatigue this way.