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J.K. Shin: It doesn't matter which processor is running your Samsung Galaxy S4

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J.K. Shin: It doesn't matter which processor is running your Samsung Galaxy S4
The top executive on the totem pole called Samsung Mobile, J.K. Shin, said on Wednesday that Samsung Galaxy S4 buyers should not be concerned which processor graces the inside of their new Android flagship device. Even though benchmark tests had the octa-core Samsung Exynos 5 processor beating the quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor that will be used on U.S. and U.K. versions of the phone, Shin said that the average Joe on the street won't notice a difference in performance.

Samsung's J.K. Shin

Samsung's J.K. Shin

Shin also refuted the speculation that the lack of LTE support for the Exynos processor had forced Samsung into using the two different chips, like it did last year with the Samsung Galaxy S III. But the octa-core Samsung Exynos 5 now does support LTE service and Shin said that the use of the two processors was a decision made because of supply and demand. The executive said, "We use multiple different sources. It's a sourcing issue."

So while the international version of the Samsung Galaxy S4 will feature the octa-core Samsung Exynos 5 and the U.S. and U.K. models will host the Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor, the differences will be too subtle to notice according to Shin.

source: Techradar

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posted on 24 Apr 2013, 14:40 21

1. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4004; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


"It doesn't matter which
processor is running your Samsung
Galaxy S4"
Honest question: Then why make two variants?

posted on 24 Apr 2013, 14:47 33

4. ckoch125 (Posts: 192; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


Supply. They can't even make enough exynos chips now with just having 1 run that chip.

posted on 24 Apr 2013, 15:17 32

18. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4859; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Yeah it's about supply. It really doesn't matter, these new chips are so freaking powerful that they will handle anything you throw at them.

The difference will be subtle & to be quite frank the Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 is a mighty beastly chip. Yeah I would like the Exynos 5 but the Qualcomm will do very nicely.

Either way the Samsung Galaxy S IV is a win no matter what chip is inside.

posted on 24 Apr 2013, 15:24 15

24. HDShatter (Posts: 1021; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)


Seeing the HTC One the snapdragon 600 seems like a huge disappointment right now, videos on youtube of it lagging it up on games the S3 runs fine.

posted on 24 Apr 2013, 15:44 14

40. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)


Really HTC one lags on games please show me the video case i have seen YouTube videos and the 600 performs great and is much more superior to the s3..i have the s3 atm and will get the s4..brother has the one and runs great..I personally would have like the octa core but after seeing the 6)0 performance in person I have no problem having the 600 variant..

posted on 24 Apr 2013, 15:59 6

57. HDShatter (Posts: 1021; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)


The lag starts after the chip starts throttling, for videos reference to Nexus 4 throttling, its just as bad as the Nexus 4. No excuses for bad drivers, adreno 320 is old.

posted on 24 Apr 2013, 16:11 4

65. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)


Yep heard of this throttling due to heat on the nexus 4 but I read elsewhere that that's a "feature" that LG decided to use... Other than the sprint version all the other hands on of the s4 looked good.. Only lag I saw which seems to be a Tw thing is opening the gallery and the widget page in the app draw... For what ever reason the widget draw lags for a a second or 2 on Tw launcher.. It happens on my s3 and had hoped it would be fixed on the s4 but seems not to be.. Not top big issue as I use nova launcher and that has no lag so you would think Samsung would have no issue there.

posted on 24 Apr 2013, 17:15 12

77. dicemoney (Posts: 59; Member since: 28 Mar 2011)


You sir are a big liar I've been using the HTC one now for a couple of days and I have never seen I lag not once. This is the perfect phone

posted on 24 Apr 2013, 18:48 2

89. Android4u (Posts: 456; Member since: 16 Aug 2012)


I've seen a few videos on YouTube with the gs4 not sure if it was exynos or snapdragron, but that phone lagged a lot. Transitions weren't smooth as I expected. My dual core s4 plus ran better lol

posted on 24 Apr 2013, 18:59 4

91. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)


Most likely the s600 version as most of the reviews have that variant..basically it looks like the sprint version of the s4 has a buggy firmware because when ever I've seen a review of the sprint version i see a lot of lag but when I watched a non sprint version there is very little lag.. It still lags for a split second in the widget draw for some reason but other than it looked pretty smooth too me.

posted on 24 Apr 2013, 20:03 2

94. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


Lag will be totally eliminated no matter how many apps and widgets and live wallpapers are running.

Once rooted and overclocked the cpu and overclock the voltage to max and change the cpu threshold to max, this s4 will have and feel a massive diffrence in power and torque. But battery will be draining 20% more, who cares as long theres power to play and feel with along with absolute no lag, ile take turbo power than rubbish saving battery scheme.

So now youre device will load open process and respond in an instace than waiting lagging for 3to 6 seconds.

posted on 25 Apr 2013, 07:00

115. sharks (Posts: 236; Member since: 16 Feb 2013)


Silent pause and then scrolls out of here in a hurry. LOL!

posted on 24 Apr 2013, 20:37 8

100. quadroportado (Posts: 1; Member since: 24 Apr 2013)


May be your youtube and internet connection LAGS!!!!

posted on 25 Apr 2013, 06:59

114. sharks (Posts: 236; Member since: 16 Feb 2013)


Troll away! Far away!

posted on 24 Apr 2013, 15:39 2

34. appleDOESNT.com (banned) (Posts: 456; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)


Well if 8 cores = 4 cores then why have 8? Something doesn't add up if they are making 8 chips perform as 4

posted on 24 Apr 2013, 15:42 11

37. HDShatter (Posts: 1021; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)


Its not 8 cores. Its 2 quad core chips only 1 can be used at a time. The Exynos 5 a15 cores are more powerful than the snapdragon 600 cores. It also has a better gpu. The other 4 cores are a7s used for saving battery life, if you just do casual stuff expect the battery to be 2-3x better than the US version.

posted on 24 Apr 2013, 15:43 7

38. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


Well, the Exynos 5 Octa was never really an eight core performer to begin with, considering only 4 of the cores are ever on at once. The other 4 cores (the A7s) are there for battery saving, not performance.

posted on 24 Apr 2013, 20:13

95. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


Berzerk for advanced tech and geeks or normal users who will root this device with cm10 or aokp aosp roms and siyah or tegrack or other kernels,there you will have the option to run acitivate 12345678 or run all 8 cpu togeather.

Its like a car with more the cylinders the better ultra smooth it preforms. Like v6 v8 v10 or v12 engineā„¢

posted on 24 Apr 2013, 21:26 1

102. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


You might not have to do that though, Troll, because I'm pretty sure I read somewhere that the Linux 3.8 kernel that will be used in Android 5.0 will have the ability to use big.Little to its fullest extent, as in using all the cores when needed. Until then, I'm sure 2.3 GHz quad core A15 will suit your needs. Or do you think you should wait for the Tegra 4 and Snapdragon 800, to see if they can provide even more performance than the Exynos 5 Octa?

posted on 24 Apr 2013, 20:34

99. 8logic (Posts: 148; Member since: 05 Mar 2012)


4 core for power efficiency

posted on 24 Apr 2013, 15:41 2

35. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


That might not be so true, due to software. Pocketnow's review of the S4 (Sprint variant) and the comparison between it and the One shows it having multiple stutters across the OS. Whether that's due to unofficial software or just Touchwiz being too bloated has yet to be seen though.

Stutter and lag on the demo devices at the launch event is normal and can be truthfully blamed on unofficial software, but lag and stutter on retail devices that are ready to be shipped is discouraging.

posted on 24 Apr 2013, 15:42 3

36. HDShatter (Posts: 1021; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)


Same happend with the S3, the exynos version was flawless and lag free with a better gpu. Samsung gives the best version to South Korea and guess what version South Korea is getting (hint its the exynos 5).

posted on 24 Apr 2013, 15:51

48. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


I still haven't made my GS3 with the Snapdragon lag yet. Regardless, you're comparing COMPLETELY different processors in terms of power. Comparing the Snapdragon S4 to the Snapdragon 600 is like comparing the average laptop to a dedicated gaming PC. Well, maybe not that extreme, but you get the point.

Also, there isn't as big of a gap between the Exynos 5 Octa and Snapdragon 600 as there was between the Snapdragon S4 and Exynos 4412.

posted on 24 Apr 2013, 16:00 2

59. HDShatter (Posts: 1021; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)


There is a big gap between adreno 320 and the powervr in the exynos 5.

posted on 24 Apr 2013, 16:23 3

67. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


True, but the Adreno 320 in the S4 Pro still handles any task at 1080p easily, so you shouldn't really have any difference in performance between the two, much less the buffed Adreno 320 in the Snapdragon 600.

posted on 24 Apr 2013, 15:46 3

42. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)


It's an issue with the sprint variant.. All the reviews of the sprint variant has many lags and stutters but the reviews of the non sprint and mainly the European variants show very little speed hiccups...

posted on 24 Apr 2013, 16:01 3

60. HDShatter (Posts: 1021; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)


Videos of the att version = no lag on snapdragon 600, seems to just be a sprint problem.

posted on 24 Apr 2013, 15:46

43. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4004; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Yup, i saw the review too. Scored 8.4? Wasn't it?

posted on 24 Apr 2013, 15:51 1

49. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


8.8 if I remember correctly.

posted on 24 Apr 2013, 17:35

81. downphoenix (Posts: 3165; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


Probably a faulty phone they have then. Sprint's S4 is not any different from the other carrier versions outside of the usual differences such as the bands used.

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