70% of first 10 million Samsung Galaxy S4 units will come with Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor

by: Ankit BanerjeeMarch 25, 2013

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We know that two versions of the Samsung Galaxy S4 will be released in various markets around the world, one featuring a 1.9 Ghz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor, and the other boasting a 1.6 Ghz octa-core Samsung Exynos 5 processor. A breakdown of the list of countries receiving either version of the smartphone was leaked a while back, which indicated that the Snapdragon 600-powered version would be available in countries with LTE networks, with the other heading to non-LTE markets.

Now, an ET News report says that the Qualcomm version of the smartphone could head to more markets than initially expected, with 70% of the first batch of 10 million Samsung Galaxy S4 units will arrive with the Snapdragon 600 processor on-board.  We reported earlier that Samsung’s LSI division, which produces the Exynos processors, has faced some quality and production issues with its latest octa-core processor. The Exynos 5 processors will go into mass-production only in Q2 2013, much later than the expected late-March to early-April release of the Samsung flagship.

While some may consider this “bad news,” I don’t think it is. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor has performed amazingly well in early benchmark tests, and if the octa-core processor does in fact perform better, I don’t see it outshining the Qualcomm processor by that much, if at all. Granted, this is just an opinion, as there aren’t any hands-on comparisons available. But its definitely a good choice to go with the more tried and tested processor, if only to avoid any launch delays of the highly-anticipated smartphone.

Of course, assuming the numbers are accurate, there will be 3 million units of the Galaxy S4 with the Exynos 5 processor, so there shouldn’t be any issues with the release even in countries slated to receive that particular version. We’ll have to wait to see how this situation is going to play out.

What are your thoughts? Would you rather have the Exynos 5 version or the Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 version of the Samsung Galaxy S4? Let us know in the comments section below.

  • Bone

    Samsung taking time to properly optimize the big.LITTLE architecture can only be good. The S4 Pro generation, SD600 included, suffers from thermal throttling which results in performance inconsistencies and occasional lags; Summer heat could bring some unwanted problems.

    The Octa on the other hand comes out @1.6GHz which @28nm looks a fairly efficient and heat-friendly clock and the switch to A7s will help easing off the demand. I’m sure the SD600 variant will offer stellar experience, but I’ll wait for the Octa to arrive.

    • Jason Bailey

      Also its worth bearing in mind that only the A7’s run at 1.6. The A15’s actually run at 1.2 via anandtech, while obviously processing more instructions per clock cycle.

  • We all know that the octa-core cpu is going n it’s been made for the Note 3 so is better to wait

  • Pete

    Samsung promised the Octa for the S4, and they didn’t deliver. Shame. The Octa is like vaporware.

    • John Ruiz

      Promised? Where?

      • Pete
        • John Ruiz

          No evidence of a ‘promise’. This was an expectation by JPMorgan. Just saying that none of Samsung’s ads ever boasted octa-core as a reason to buy this phone. Guess the media caused a lot of enthusiasts to expect too much. Not really Samsung’s fault.

          • Pete

            And yet Samsung are shipping the GS4 with Octa — except it’s to minor markets, so no major markets will get it. Instead they get last year’s Snapdragon, yawn. So Sammy launched something they are not prepared to stand by and produce in enormous quantities. Therefore vaporware. Q.E.D.

          • Kassim

            There’s one factor that you seem to be willingfully forgetting: the actual release date hasn’t happened yet.

            So, until all markets have had their release for the phone, you shouldn’t call the Octa vaporware as it’s still in the pipeline (even if it’s in reduced quantities to what was previously expected, not announced). “Small” quantities does not equal “vaporware”…

          • John Mortimer

            As I keep saying the octa is none lte networks only

          • John Mortimer

            No octa does not have lte’ no networks are going to buy it

          • John Ruiz

            They actually get this year’s Snapdragon. The Snapdragon 600 was released early this year.

  • Filip Justin

    If it has LTE I take it for a win.. All I want is the 64GB version, no matter what CPU..

    • Tom Lidder

      I do believe the snapdragon oct-core can’t handle the 4g lte. I think that is the only reason they have the quad core model. That’s why I added the Quad Core model to my WishPlz list at least ( http://bit.ly/XRexQQ ).

      • Taz Hedley

        Hey dimwit, the snapdragon is the quad core processor. And if 4G LTE was what you wanted then you should of pointed them to http://bit.ly/166nlSJ . At least you’re doing 1 thing right and using WishPlz.

        • Barack Obama

          You’re much more creative than most spammers

  • Kassim

    Quick question: officially, is something even working towards total SoC integration a la Qualcomm? Or are they content with helping boost their rivals’ margins indefinitely?!

    • Kassim

      Whoever said predictive text is smart, eh? “Officially, is Samsung” got turned into “officially, is something…” just because I use the word more! ( -.-)


  • Daniel Armstrong

    Well, since I have a Qualcomm 32GB SGS3 on a CDMA/LTE network (U.S. Cellular), I think my choice would be obvious, should I choose to upgrade.

  • IonyxIphone 5

    Yet another reason this phone will flop. Looking good apple.