Snapdragon-based Samsung Galaxy S4 could hit parts of Europe in addition to North America

by: AdrianMarch 19, 2013

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Remember the processor controversy that surrounded the Samsung Galaxy S4 in the eve of its unveiling? As it turns out, it’s not fully cleared up yet, even though we all thought it was behind us.

After Samsung announced the GS4 was to come in two slightly different variations, one with an Exynos 5 Octa processor inside and one powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600, everyone assumed the splitting of the world would be done exactly like last year with the S3. Meaning North America would get the Snapdragon model and everyone else the Exynos.

Only, for some reason, it appears it won’t be that simple this time around. And at least a few European countries could in fact get the Snapdragon 600 model instead of the one with an octa-core CPU.

Sweden is one of these countries, based on the phone’s listing with carrier Tele2. The 5-incher is there available for pre-orders, with pricing starting at SEK 220 ($34) a month on contract and shipping estimated to be underway in six to eight weeks.

Galaxy S4 Sweden

Tele2 is only one of four Swedish networks with 4G LTE infrastructure, which could be the simplest explanation for the choosing of the Snapdragon Galaxy S4 model. Then again, we thought the incompatibility issues between LTE and Exynos chips were over and done, so the whole thing is pretty confusing.

Sammy paired the quad-core Exynos 4412 CPU inside the Galaxy Note 2 with an LTE modem, so why not do the same thing with the new 8-core processor? That’s one question we’re yet to find the answer to, but here’s another plausible explanation for the passing of the Octa version in some markets – maybe Samsung fears a supply shortage.

According to an announcement from a few days ago, mass production of the new chip is scheduled for the “second quarter of 2013”. In which case the S4 demand, which everyone predicts to be massive, can’t possibly be satisfied by mid-May, at the earliest.

But how should you handle this news? Is it a good or bad thing that the Snapdragon-based GS4 version could hit a store near you instead of the Exynos model? We can’t be certain for now, but we’ll tell you this – the Snapdragon variant has been really zippy in our first benchmarks, so you could do a lot worse than that.

True, there are no speed tests performed on the Exynos version yet (unless you count those alleged benchmarks of the dual-SIM prototype), so who knows, maybe it can get even better scores than the Snapdragon Galaxy S4. We doubt it, but everything’s possible, right?

  • Snapdragon version coming to Finland too as it seems.

    • MasterMuffin

      Ei stna. Why do the North European countries get the Snapdragon, I want Octa! Only benefit of Snapdragon is that they give the source codes…

      • Don’t get jumping too soon.. I actually expect Snappy to perform better or on par with Octa’s A-15’s, because of the higher clock (1,9Ghz). Octa must be just and only more efficient at saving up battery. Also Octa has older PowerVR GPU that might perform a little bit better than Adreno 320 but it won’t suppor the best oncoming games later this year, cause it haven’t got Open GL ES 3.0 certification. Or atleast not as well as Snapdragon :) Haha your call ;D

        • MasterMuffin

          Okay that sounds actually really good. Well Octa is better because I can brag to my friends that I have 8 cores (4+4 but still). Your call xD

  • Frencis

    Also here in Copenhagen (Denmark), the s4 is advertized with the snapdragon 600.

  • RarestName

    Asia’s variation is the Exynos variant, no?

    • Toss3

      Probably not at launch. My guess is that the 32Gb model is the only one that is going to be using the Exynos 5410, based on the product code from Samsung(i9505 for 16Gb and i9500 for 32Gb).

      • RarestName

        I have to save up more then ^_^
        I prefer system storage anyway

  • Toss3

    Not seen any concrete evidence yet of the Exynos model showing up in Europe at all.; all stores on geizhals list the s600 in the specifications.

  • Ben Baggley

    “why not do the same thing with the new 8-core processor?”

    Power consumption; the Note 2 has a massive battery so a separate LTE modem isn’t an issue. Also its not really an 8 core processor… its a 4+4, two quad cores stuck together with only one of the two ever active at once.

    • Toss3

      Correct! A15 + separate LTE modem == massive power consumption.

  • In Brazil we will get the Snapdragon for 4G (~US$1220.00) AND Exynos for 3G (~US$1170.00). Both 16GB.

  • John Young

    I would rather a version with no lte and the exynos then one with the snapdragon, personally

    • kascollet

      Just for the name of the chip ?
      If performances are roughly the same, why care about this detail ?

  • Bone

    The Octa is simply not read. Samsung’s target of manyfacturing is Q2 which is not very specific and they didn’t even bring prototypes to the Unpacked event. Any even if they start manufacturing in 4 weeks there’s at least 4 more to go through assembling in China, shipping world wide, get though customs and quality testing and carrier messing. I can’t see any Octa IV hitting the market before late May.

  • Expansys is taking pre-orders of the s4 with the exynos “octo-core” and lte, at least in my region (Portugal).

    I dont know if i can leave a link but here it goes:

    Specs: (it’s in portuguese, but i think you can understand)
    Sistema operativo: Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
    Processador: 1.6 GHz / Octa Core / Exynos
    Memória: Interna: 16 GB / RAM: 2 GB / Slot: microSD / Capacidade: 64 GB
    Ecrã: 5,0″ / Super AMOLED / Resolução: 1920×1080 pixéis / 441 ppi
    Câmara: 13 Megapixéis / autofocus, Zero Shutter Lag / Flash: LED / Vídeo: 1080p full HD / Frontal: 2 Megapixéis
    Redes: 4G: LTE 800/900/1800/2100/2600 MHz / 3G: 850/900/1900/2100 MHz / GSM: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
    Conetividades: Bluetooth: 4.0 / Wifi: IEEE 802.11 a/ac/b/g/n / NFC
    Conexões: Áudio Jack 3.5 mm / Micro-USB
    Sensores: Sensor de proximidade, Barômetro, Giroscópio, Acelerômetro, Gestos
    Bateria: 2600 mAh
    Peso: 130 g
    Dimensões: 136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9 mm

  • Monji

    I don’t mind getting the snapdragon 600 over the exynos since its not going to be that of a difference compared to the s3 last year s4 dual vs exynos quad was just lame…

  • Guy De Vos

    In my country (belgium) it should be a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600


  • Mike Reid

    First precedent for LTE outside North America was GT-I9305. Also Note II LTE GT-N7105.

    So not a new strategy or pattern here.

    And for LTE GS4 it’s GT-I9505 now ? But for NA or outside NA ? Note the “xx05” pattern, but I’m not sure these model numbers are official yet.