Galaxy S4 UK

I’m really starting to wonder which markets will actually see the light of the Exynos 5 Octa powered Galaxy S4. Yesterday we heard that other counties in Europe, Sweden and Denmark just to name a couple, would be receiving the Snapdragon 600 powered handset just like the US, and now it’s official that the UK will use Qualcomm’s chip as well.

In a response to a query about the UK version of the Galaxy S, Samsung replied with the following statement.

“Samsung Galaxy S4 is equipped with a 1.9GHz Quad-core AP or a 1.6GHz Octa-core AP. The selection of AP varies by markets … In the UK, the Galaxy S4 will be available as a 4G device with a 1.9GHz Quad Core Processor.”

So why won’t we be seeing the Exynos 5 Octa in the UK and northern Europe? Well I have two theories.

Firstly, as Samsung stated the Galaxy S4 is to be available on 4G networks. The US and northern parts of Europe have substantial LTE coverage already, and the UK now has EE offering LTE, and other carriers are preparing to roll out their own services in the near future. So the Snapdragon 600 makes perfect sense for these markets, as it has a built in LTE modem, making it highly cost effective.

Then you have to consider the availability of the Exynos 5 chip. It’s likely to be very sparse when the Galaxy S4 launches, as mass production of the chip isn’t scheduled to start until the second quarter of this year.

Countries like the UK, the US, and many places in Europe are going to be huge markets for Samsung’s new handset and they won’t want to be caught in short supply like the Nexus 4. Qualcomm already has the Snapdragon 600 chips churning off the production line for other handsets. Also as it’s the most powerful processor currently available, it makes sense that Samsung would pick this chip to fill the gap in Exynos production.

I suppose then that we’ll be seeing the Exynos 5 Octa handsets ship out to countries without established LTE networks, or where network coverage is poor. Alternatively we could also see Exynos powered Galaxy S4s hit the market at a later point in the year, once mass production has kicked into gear.

Robert Triggs
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  • MasterMuffin

    I want Exynos to Finland, because… Well the Swedish people won’t have it :P

  • Bone

    No surprise. SIV launch is upon as, and the Octa is not even ready for manufacturing.

    • Bill

      The Exynos version is going to be sold in smaller countries without LTE or a big demand. In the US and UK, as well as other demanding LTE countries, the GS4 will be sold with the 1.9 ghz Qualcomm 600. The Qualcomm 600 has no shortage issues.

  • Here in Bulgaria (Eastern Europe) there are still No LTE networks (commercially available at least) but sources say that we will be getting the Snapdragon version too! I think that this is good because the Exynos sources (kernel) have always been bad and Qualcomm at least are good at releasing them on a timely basis and they are not broken as opposed to the Exynos ones!
    Exynos 5 will most probably be used in the Galaxy Note III…

    • Capt. Crunch

      It seems like the current trend. Samsung releases their Galaxy S phones with Qualcomm’s chip then releases the Note with their own chip.

      • Luis Reynaldo Corcino

        Actually, the Intl. versions of the GS2 and the GS3 launched with Exynos SoCs.

        • Capt. Crunch

          Sorry i was talking about in the USA and yes the S2 came with the Exynos

  • Ilija

    only countries without LTE will receive octa core S4 such as Serbia :D

  • Oliver Stoner

    So a ridiculously expensive mobile network begins to offer LTE (that isn’t much faster than DC-HSPDA with Three Mobile) in a few UK cities and they choose the Qualcomm chip. If as you say they chose it also because of production factors, I hope there will be ways to get a hold of the Exynos version through online purchases.

    I won’t be getting the S4 anyway but probably the Note 3 as my contract expires in September. If it still has the Adreno 320 like my Nexus 4 it is more likely I will just get the successor to the nexus or something very big.

  • OK but here in Bulgaria we don’t have any 4g networks but on the roadmap here says we will have the snapdragon. So the first theori doesn’t work

    • John Mortimer

      Its all down to when you like the phone, I.e it will take a long time for 8 cores

  • Mike Bastable

    they are giving away a free 64 GB SD card with this in Holland, so that eases the pain!

  • hassan

    will norway have exynos 5 version or snapdragon ?

    • John Mortimer

      That we be down to if you got 4g if yes then no

  • Key Lime 3.14

    Samsung promised Exynos and made a big deal about it last January. Now they are not delivering. No Exynos, no GS4 for me.

    • Yesssss, that’s it! If it comes with SD 600 i am getting it right away :)

  • Mike Bastable

    This does seem to be a slightly botched launch since most territories will be getting 4x core THAT model should be the only s4, the other phone should have a different name and series nr.
    I think that we will see loads of these things sold but few loved, the Rest need to get their phones to market NOW and capitalize on this significant mis-step from Samsung.

    I do however think that (excepting build quality of course) this is the best Androidphone out there.

    • Bill

      This is in no way a misstep. They will have all devices on time for each region and ready to be sold, unlike HTC.

      • Mike Bastable

        Mmm, true but does not invalidate my point that both devices are different to each other and should have different names etc…the euro version is NOT Samsung’s flagship device merely a rushed to market look-a-like

        • Bill

          Rushed to market look-a-like? The only difference is in the chip each version uses, otherwise they are completely the same.

  • lightsabr

    I was going to buy a s4 but after this am thinking twice 3g still does not work where i live let alone 4g. I do not want a 4g phone. I may hold out now for the xphone if it is gonna appear. I have had all the galaxy phones but thanks to this bit of news i may be jumping ship to another manufacturer and so will most of the kids who are due upgrades and wanted the s4. Not likely now

  • KT

    what is the difference between LTE networks and Exynos which one is better

  • Ethan Beck

    I think that the most likely reason is that Samsung are being cagey about all the problems they have with stability with the Exynos 5 design.
    I fully expected it to be problematic in real world applications when they announced the big-little idea and nothing so far has suggested other than that they are still having a few teething problems with it. Basically, imo, it’s ridiculously over-complex.
    I see the S4 as likely to hold onto any performance crown only for a brief period before it’s eclipsed by other devices due out in the next few months
    Time will tell if I’m right >:D