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

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”.
March 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?