Head of Samsung Mobile says not to worry about which processor powers your Galaxy S4

by: Gary SimsApril 25, 2013


The head of Samsung Mobile and the co-CEO of Samsung Electronics J. K. Shin has told buyers that it doesn’t matter which processor is running in their new Galaxy S4 and that most people won’t notice a difference, nor will they really care. The new Samsung Galaxy S4, which is launching this week, comes in several different variants including models with different amounts of on-board storage, support for LTE and models with different processors. The USA and Europe will receive models using the quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor, while the so-called International version will be powered by the Samsung Exynos 5 processor that uses ARM’s big.LITTLE architecture.

Initial benchmarks have shown that the Exynos 5, which has eight processing cores – four high performance and four low power, is faster than the quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600. This means that those outside of the USA and Europe will actually have a higher performing version of the Galaxy S4. Since the USA and Europe are prime markets for Samsung this has led to various discussions and even criticisms of Samsung for shipping the lower performing model to these key markets.

During his remarks J. K. Shin squashed the rumor that Samsung was using the Qualcomm CPU in the USA and Europe because the Exynos 5 doesn’t support LTE. The Exynos 5 does now support LTE and the reason given that Samsung uses two CPUs is simply an issue of supply and demand.

“We use multiple different sources. It’s a sourcing issue.”

Because the worldwide demand for the S4 is expected to be very high then Samsung has been forced to find two suppliers for the processors – itself and Qualcomm. However this strategy, while sound in theory, may already be failing as Samsung is now admitting that the Galaxy S4 will be available in limited supply at launch. According to an official statement released by Samsung, “Due to overwhelming global demand of Galaxy S4, the initial supply may be limited. We expect to fulfill inventory to meet demands in the coming weeks.”

What do you think, does it matter which of these two very powerful CPUs are in your new S4?

  • Is the GS4 a flagship device? GN II has Exynos and better battery life and graphics, which is what the GNIII will hopefully have so many people may wait for that phone instead.

    • Bambang Hermanto

      My GN2 can survive 2 days with a lot of Candy Crush play.. 2600 mah battery on s4? Naaahhhh….

  • alex

    The phone is awesome,but i think i’ll pass,s3 is already a decent phone for me..

  • This is why I’m waiting for a different phone. OK moto hears your chance to win me over.

  • kascollet

    Full benchmarks ran by Anandtech show the Qualcomm-powered GS4 is outperforming every phone in the market in every department, be it CPU, RAM, GPU, Flash memory or battery life. People surely won’t notice any lag on this one !

  • mggOptimusG

    Sounds like Samdung ends up doing the same thing as LG, Google, BB and everyone ele pushing products that are half baked.
    Will wait for LG OG2 and see how that compares.

  • There really isn’t much of a difference between the two performance wise. Of course the benchmarks are right, the Exynos 5 Octa blows away the competition but the Snapdragon 600 is clocked at 1.9 GHz which is way faster regardless of the cores. On the core issues, the four cores in the Snapdragon 600 can handle both resource intensive tasks and low power tasks since the way Qualcomm makes its chips’ is different from Samsung’s hence execution is almost the same but on totally different architectures. I’m in Kenya and I’m glad for us here in East Africa and Africa at large we won’t be having this discussion since we’re getting the Exynos 5 Octa variant of the S4. For our brothers in the West, it isn’t such a big deal. http://emmanuelchenze.com/heres-why-you-should-get-the-galaxy-s4/

  • Corey Deane

    so will a gs4 with the exynos 5 chip work on T-Mobile and be supported by their LTE?

  • Corey Deane

    any help with that last post would be greatly appreciated.