Alleged Galaxy S4 country breakdown by CPU published, Exynos version scarcer than expected

by: AdrianMarch 21, 2013

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One of the most debated Samsung Galaxy S4 stories preceding the official unveiling was the one related to the processor or processors powering the “next big thing”.

Some sources told us the S4 was going to come in a single Exynos 5 Octa-based version, others that there will be a Snapdragon 600 model too, while a few even said the Snapdragon variant was going to be the only one.

And then Sammy made the 5-incher official, but for some reason decided to keep part of the mystery going. Two GS4 versions were announced, but nothing about the splitting of the world was mentioned, so we were left guessing.

Naturally, we thought Sammy would be employing the same strategy used on the S3, meaning North America was to get the Snapdragon GS4, while the rest of the world was in for the Exynos treat. It would have made perfect sense, only it won’t happen that way.


Instead, most likely to make sure there won’t be any supply shortages, Samsung will be launching the Qualcomm version in many countries outside America. We already heard word about Sweden, Denmark and UK, but, according to Sam Mobile, the list of countries to get the GT-I9505 includes all the following:

  • Austria
  • Baltic nations
  • Belgium
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Bulgaria
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Italy
  • Luxemburg
  • Macedonia
  • Nordic countries
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Switzerland
  • The Netherlands
  • United Kingdom
  • Hong Kong
  • Korea
  • Malaysia
  • Philippines
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Singapore
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Australia

Out of the bunch, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, UK, Hong Kong, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are slated to get both versions of the Samsung Galaxy S4.

Exynos 5 Octa

Meanwhile, the countries where only the Exynos model (GT-I9500) is headed are these:

  • Russia
  • Ukraine
  • Afghanistan
  • Algeria
  • Egypt
  • Kenya
  • Libya
  • Morocco
  • Nigeria
  • Bangladesh
  • China
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Kazahstan
  • Nepal
  • Pakistan
  • Sri Lanka
  • Taiwan
  • Thailand
  • Turkey
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vietnam

Okay, let’s take a breath now and mention a few key things. Firstly, the lists are not exhaustive or set in stone. In fact, I would advise you to take it all with a pinch of salt, as the info is based on a check of existing test firmwares, so it could be fully reliable or… not so much.

Also, while we wouldn’t rule out anything at this point, we still think the US and Canada are to get only the Snapdragon 600-based model.

Finally, before you start complaining about not being able to grab an Exynos-based GS4 in many countries, try to keep in mind that we’re yet to find out which of the two versions will be zippier. Moreover, the first benchmark results for the Snapdragon model are extremely impressive.

Also, there’s the whole battery debate, with some claiming the Exynos 5 Octa CPU will in fact drain more juice faster than the Snapdragon. All things considered, are you going to be annoyed with Samsung if the above lists prove legit? Or do you just want to get the S4 ASAP, no matter what flavor will it come in?

  • The fact that the UI, design and materials havent changed i wont be getting one, ill wait for the Nexus 5

  • TechXero

    As usual Lebanon is not on any list meaning that we either will get both or the exynos version since we always get the best.

    God bless Lebanon :-P

    • MasterMuffin

      Funny fact: There are 19 different places called Lebanon :)

      • TechXero

        Just look for flag with Cedar in the middle and red bars on top n bottom :-P

    • Gustavo Camacaro

      At least you will get it in either or both versions. We in Venezuela will hardly get it on time, and if we do, thanks to Exchange control, it will cost about 1.000 USD. When it comes with carriers (Well, maybe just the one carrier – Movistar) it will be cheaper than in the street, yes, BUT, it will suffer from shortage. Not enough units will come and then prices will match the ones in the street due to resellers. Ah.. Yeah that’s just the way it is.
      PS: This is why I believe I should win the S4 giveaway! LOL..

  • andres

    Its all about LTE. If the octa core wont have lte makes no sense to sell it in markets where lte is king.

  • Arrow PC Solutions

    Being in Australia I certainly hope it is released here with the octa-core.

  • i was going to get the S4 until i found out that we in the UK wouldn’t be getting the octa-core processor model ……. now i’m getting the HTC ONE, similar specs with a much better build quality

    • John Mortimer

      Nope it way slower with no updates, I.e you be in luck if you get 5.0 android please not the ram in the gs4 is ddr3 and the cost to make the phone is bigger than HTC one because it not made of meter does not mean it made better, it will have cheap parts inside thats 100% they have Evan had to under clock the soc

      • Gerard R

        Like seriously, what the hell did you just say because for the love of God, I can’t quite figure out what you just said.

      • usaff22

        The HTC One should definitely get the 5.0 / Key Lime Pie update, since HTC are obviously skipping 4.2, it might even get the one after KLP since the One X and S are getting two updates, first to JB, now going to get Sense 5

    • fixxmyhead

      no sd card, no removable battery, slower clockspeed and an outdated version of android, your gonna regret it. is it worth it for a stupid metal back? may i remind you metal doesnt always mean “better build quality”. HTCs just been drinking too much fruit juice. look at million dollar cars where do u see them being made out of metal

      • Iram Ali

        So why do people want Ferraris???
        Looks and build quality matter. Specs for both phones are similar! Real world performance will be similar! The HTC One is the better phone! Much more desirable than that fufly plastic thing!

        • fixxmyhead

          those looks are for the aero dymanics for the air to flow so u can get more speed. the mc laren f1(millions dollar car) made of “plastic” (carbon fiber) not metal. sorry but the s4 is the BETTER PHONE. sd card slot and bigger screen, and especially REMOVEABLE BATTERY automatically make it better oh and dont forget it also has the LATEST VERSION of android 4.2.2. . sure the HTC one looks prettier but thats about it. besides most people put there phones in gay cases so it doesnt even matter

          • I agree completely with your points, and to be entirely honest, people only want expensive cars to show off their wealth, not because it looks good or it has nice things under the hood.

  • Key Lime 3.14

    Disappointing. Basically the same specs and look as last year’s model.

    • MasterMuffin

      Better screen, battery, processor, RAM, Os, camera, everything in a smaller package. Though it looks like sgs3, if sgs3 would have looked different, everyone would be crazy about this. It’s incredible phone, people just want everything

      • Key Lime 3.14

        Meh. The iSheep said that about the iPhone 5 in order to say it was a different phone when in truth it had hardly changed. Same with Galaxy S 3S, er, Galaxy S4…

        • Gerard R

          Go back to kindergarten

      • Iram Ali

        It’s exactly like iPhone 4s to iPhone 5. Same plastic crap with spec bump!
        Lol! No Octa bullcrap!

  • Meringue

    So the Exynos 5 Octa is little more than vaporware.

  • Hans-Peter Hofreiter

    It seems it is devided in countries with LTE (Snapdragon) and without (Exynos)

    • MasterMuffin

      Not true, Finland has LTE but we aren’t getting Exynos :(

      • Ryan MORGAN


        • twisted247

          The Exynos model IS INDEED equipped with LTE its just not built onto the soc and has a modem that runs on different bands then the qualcomm. Don’t speak like it’s a fact when it’s your delusional opinion.

      • John Mortimer

        Hi, exynos as no LTE why are networks going to stock it, so Samsung is not offering it

  • Romania already has the octa core powered s4 for preorder:

  • Peter Bognar

    Hungary’s not on the list. Samsung Hungary’ PR people told us we’ll have the Snapdragon

  • RarestName

    If this is true, screw you Samsung.

  • True_Neutral

    I’m gonna wait for benchmarks for the Octa before deciding if I should rage.

    And oh you guys who say that the S4 has the same specs as the S3? You’re retarded.

  • Faiz

    Make sense. Here in Singapore, while the LTE network is slowly growing and gaining traction, HSPA is still the dominant one. So releasing both is a good strategy

  • What about Croatia ??? -.-

  • While we’d all love Exynos ‘Octa’, Qualcomm has a LOT more experience making SoC’s than Samsung does. Not to mention their expertise in integrating the LTE modem, for further battery savings. While most countries on the list set to receive the Octa are countries without LTE networks, I think there is something else at play here. If you guys thought the S3 and Note 2 were fast, wait until you play with a device powered by either one of these SoC’s!

    • I just dont understand one thing:

      According to the list my country (Portugal) is only supposed to receive the Qualcomm version, but expansys (whitch i trust) is taking pre-orders for the Exynos version with LTE in my country. Can you (or any other) prease give me some help.

      Is expansys trustworthy in this case?

      Thanks in advance

      Edit: Nevermind, they updated the site. thanks anyway
      Edit 2: They say 1.9Ghz Quad-core and LTE, so its Qualcom variant

      • John Mortimer

        As per above there is no LTE in the exynos soc, they vas trying to add a LTE modem but it was getting to hot or running out of power

    • Greg

      Um, counting the millions of A4, A5, A6 series chips in iStuff out there, Samsung has *a lot* more experience than Qualcomm at building SoCs.

    • Mike Reid

      “something else” IMO = supply constraints, perhaps yield related on these beasts.

      None of this country stuff bothers me. I will buy whichever model suits me best on EBay, unsubsidized, likely from a reputable Hong Kong source that I think will have at least 2 variants.

      So many people gripe about what their carrier offers and seem to think the pricing “forces” them to go with a 2+ year plan.

      GSM/HSPA+ is plenty good enough for me here in Canada, on my MVNO’s crazy 25 cent a day grand-fathered unlimited prepaid data plan.

  • John Mortimer

    Look the octa does not have 4g so that why most are not getting it

  • who’s is better about battery life ? Snapdragon 600 or Exynos model ? PLEASE REPLY.

    • JD

      snapdragon 600 probably cz exynos has not officially been tested yet!

      • twisted247

        Lmao, that’s your reasoning. One is faster then the other cause one of them hasn’t been tested…. put your helmet back on before you hurt yourself.

        In theory with very heavy use the snap cause the exynos is more powerful at high end. With moderate use the Exynos cause the a7’s will be handling the majority of tasks.

        • JD

          i used the word probably -_-
          anyway the snapdragon has been tested and is the current best of processors while exynos octa is still lacking in quality (the reason for the delay in more exynos processors).. if i had to choose i’d choose the snapdragon version and not totally rely on samsung’s marketing gimmicks :)

  • Here in Philippines we have very limited LTE. Makes sense why we have the Exynos ver..

  • what about CANADA?

  • Fabian Rohner

    Is it possible to get the Exynos version in a Country, where Samsung don’ t sell it?

  • KashKaw

    Chill guys, you’ll be surprised when finding out that snapdragon is at least %20 faster than Octa ( Chinese early leaks show prototype I9500 with Octa scoring just above 20000 on Antutu benchmark ) while Snapdragon ( I9505 ) scored 25000+ !

    • twisted247

      On preproduction software idiot.

  • KashKaw

    Octa might become a beast once it is cocked at 1.8 ghz on Note III

  • KashKaw

    HTC One VS S4

    – Bigger display (S4)
    – Better display ( S4 / Super Amoled )
    – Bigger battery ( S4)
    – Size + Weight ( S4)
    – Battery ( S4 / Removable )
    – Expandable Mem. ( S4)
    – Camera Res. ( S4 / MP )
    – Features ( S4 / TouchWiz )
    – Faster Android updates ( S4 )


    – Build Materials ( HTC One )
    – Build Design ( HTC One )
    – Speakers Dual front ( HTC ONE )

    • usaff22

      HTC One has a higher PPI (It’s the Galaxy S4, not the Galaxy Note 3, shouldn’t have a 5″ screen), same display (Super AMOLED vs Super AMOLED), better camera (OIS and HDR video) and the features are debatable.

      • KashKaw

        From First Hands on impressions press mentions S4 Display appears to be the best !

      • Bill

        The human eye can’t distinguish between 440 ppi and 460 ppi. It doesn’t have the same display, it has a new Full HD Super AMOLED display, which as reported by CNET and Android Authority is much better and isn’t over saturated or pixelated. The Galaxy S4 has HDR video and tons more of camera features than the HTC One.

        • usaff22

          The HTC One also has a 1080p/Full HD Super AMOLED display. And from my experience, HTC’s AMOLED displays are calibrated much better.

          And all those camera features are way too gimmicky, if you haven’t noticed Samsung have copied the camera UI from last year’s HTC One series.

          • freedomspopular

            “And from my experience, HTC’s AMOLED displays are calibrated much better.”

            You just lost any credibility there as you obviously have no clue about what you’re talking about.

          • usaff22

            I have no clue? Please tell me more about how the GS3 doesn’t have any over-saturation in its display.

          • Bill

            The Galaxy S3 has tons of over saturation, but the Galaxy S4 doesn’t and is calibrated much more. The HTC One doesn’t have an AMOLED display. The camera features actually don’t come from the HTC One series, but actually come from the Galaxy Camera ( they said so at the launch).

          • usaff22

            I’m not sure who is lying, but according to GSM Arena the HTC One has a Super AMOLED display. The One’s display is also much brighter at 463 lux compared to the S4’s brightness at 258 lux which is even below the smartphone average. And much of the functions available have been taken out of the Galaxy Camera, but the UI, such as taking photos whilst taking video have been taken straight out of Sense 4.

          • Bill

            The HTC One has a Super Lux LCD screen. The Galaxy S4 is 441 ppi, the HTC One is 461 ppi. The human eyes can’t distinguish over 330 ppi. The screens on both of the phones are very similar.

          • usaff22

            I also couldn’t care about 441ppi or 461 PPI, but the brightness of a screen is a huge factor to be taken into account when buying a phone. I, for one, would not want to buy a high-end smartphone with a brightness lower than the average.

          • Bill

            The brightness and screen settings are much more customizable on the Galaxy S4. The brightness has been greatly improved as well and both CNET and Android Authority have reported that the screen on the Galaxy S4 is one of the best they have seen so far, and it isn’t over saturated like the Galaxy S3.

          • usaff22

            It might be more customizable, but when your max. brightness isn’t that bright, it’s not very good. Also not to mention the fact that you can adjust auto brightness on CM ROMs as well. I don’t use it, because it doesn’t interest me, and it’s just too gimmicky.

          • Bill

            The max brightness is a lot higher on the Galaxy S4. There is also many different pictures modes you can choose from now, including a custom setting where you set your own picture preferences.

          • usaff22

            Who needs, let alone uses all those picture modes, honestly? The max brightness might also be a lot higher on the GS4 compared to the GS3, but that still doesn’t even come close to competing with my One S, which was released around this time last year (and still has about 451 lux). Forget using your GS4 in sunlight.

    • Iram Ali

      Samsheep alert! Bah bah!
      HTC One has the sharper and better display!
      HTC One looks like a Ferrari while S4 looks like a Skoda!
      Better build quality by a mile!
      Better sound speakers/headphones
      Better Camera and features!

      • KashKaw

        Check the press impression..their the one’s seen S4 and compared to various products including HTC !

  • Nacos

    I mean…look at it! The list in itself tells the whole (speculative though) story!! Don’t you think that this is Samsung’s “perfect” CONTINGENCY plan? Or hit-and-miss kind of strategy? Or the big world testing lab – with little or NO image degradation consequences if the test goes wacky?

  • Cristhian Mejia

    Its pretty clear with the Exynos list that these are test markets for the CPU. It isn’t ready for developed markets that have websites that would point out bugs, issues, and criticisms. So R&D in real time.

  • KashKaw

    – HTC one ( Gorilla Glass 2 / S4 Gorilla Glass 3 )

  • s3 so lag. note 2 is fast enough for the average or above average user.

  • meimei227