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Shortage of Exynos chip means 70% of first Samsung Galaxy S4s will have Qualcomm Snapdragon 600

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Shortage of Exynos chip means 70% of first Samsung Galaxy S4s will have Qualcomm Snapdragon 600
About 70% of the first 10 million units of the Samsung Galaxy S4 will have the Qualcomm chips running the show

About 70% of the first 10 million units of the Samsung Galaxy S4 will have the Qualcomm chips running the show

Samsung's LSI division, responsible for manufacturing the Samsung Exynos 5 Octa chips, could not fix the production problems that they have been battling. This means that a whopping 70% of the first 10 million Samsung Galaxy S4 units that roll off the assembly line will be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 instead of Sammy's home grown silicon.

The original plan was for the Qualcomm chip to be mainly used in the U.S. models of the phone. A couple of weeks ago, Samsung announced that its production schedule had the Exynos 5 processors being built in mass production not until the second quarter of this year. That meant that Samsung was faced with a choice. It could shut down production of the phone until enough Exynos 5 Octa chips were available, or it could continue to build the Samsung Galaxy S4 using the Qualcomm Snapdragon 600. Samsung chose the latter.

Last year, Samsung lost some sales to production problems with the Samsung Galaxy S III and this year, with the Korean based manufacturer looking to sell 40 million units of the Samsung Galaxy S4 in the first three months after launch, it could not afford to gamble that there would be enough Exynos 5 Octa chips ready. So instead, a much larger than expected number of  phones will be powered by the Snapdragon 600. And you know what? Most of those who buy the phone are not going to be able to notice any difference.

source: UnwiredView

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posted on 25 Mar 2013, 07:14 12

1. tech2 (Posts: 3475; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


Hey Alan, can you tell us when PA will get S4 with Octa processor for review ?

I wanna decide if Octa really helps to save lot of battery and worth waiting !

posted on 25 Mar 2013, 08:01

18. Emily1985 (Posts: 127; Member since: 08 Nov 2012)


" Most of those who buy the phone are not going to be able to notice any difference."

If this is true, they would feel the difference between Samsung Samsung s3 and Samsung s4 as well.

posted on 25 Mar 2013, 08:04 2

19. GadgetsMcGoo (Posts: 168; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)


Not feeling any difference is more likely the OS than the hardware itself.

posted on 25 Mar 2013, 08:23 3

24. loyals (Posts: 129; Member since: 10 Nov 2012)


android is not even optimised for quad-core properly , then what do do you expect in octa ??

posted on 25 Mar 2013, 15:06 4

35. shayan (Posts: 159; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


First, it is optimised for multicore systems.
Second, octa is merly a name. it has 8 core, but they dont work to gether all at once. there are 4 low power cores for daily task. which will help battery life. and 4 cores with A15 architecture which will do the heavy tasks...

posted on 25 Mar 2013, 07:19 4

2. nostarwhere (Posts: 9; Member since: 12 Mar 2013)


Bad news. Qualcomm chips drain battery faster and gets much hotter than Samsung's Exynos.

posted on 25 Mar 2013, 07:48 2

13. jsdechavez (Posts: 731; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)


The real bad news? I think Samsung has found a way to cripple the supply chain for some smaller companies (HTC?) that ordered the Snapdragon 600s. Bye bye to the competition...

posted on 25 Mar 2013, 07:59 15

16. umadddd (banned) (Posts: 29; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)


Wrong. HTC cites delays because of camera supply issues, not because of SD600

posted on 25 Mar 2013, 13:15

33. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


Probably just blamed it on the camera but Qualcomm probably just declared HTC as a non priority for the Qualcomm 600 but HTC can't risk letting it out for PR reasons since Qualcomm is big in the media and the camera manufacturer not so much.

posted on 25 Mar 2013, 08:25 4

26. loyals (Posts: 129; Member since: 10 Nov 2012)


what competition ? htc one or xperia z better than s4 nyday !!

posted on 25 Mar 2013, 17:56

39. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


XZ price will sink fastest in market. XZ is already selling for 35k in india which is 4k drop in less than 2 weeks of launch which is biggest drop.

posted on 25 Mar 2013, 07:22 1

3. thephoneofi (banned) (Posts: 23; Member since: 24 Mar 2013)


Wow!!! The almighty Samsung having supply issues? No way, that only happens to apple rite?

posted on 25 Mar 2013, 07:30 10

4. tech2 (Posts: 3475; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


Every company has one issue or another !

But unlike your beloved company Samsung has found a workaround to the situation so that the people don't have to wait for months for their phone (only to find out it has dents and scratches) !

posted on 25 Mar 2013, 07:47 1

11. jsdechavez (Posts: 731; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)


I think your beloved Samsung has found a way to cripple the supply chain for some smaller companies (HTC?) that ordered the Snapdragon 600s.

posted on 25 Mar 2013, 07:58 3

15. umadddd (banned) (Posts: 29; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)


Wrong. HTC cites delays because of camera supply issues, not because of SD600

posted on 25 Mar 2013, 08:13 1

21. thephoneofi (banned) (Posts: 23; Member since: 24 Mar 2013)


My beloved company? And just what company would that be?

posted on 25 Mar 2013, 08:23 1

23. tech2 (Posts: 3475; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


APPLE, YOUR BELOVED COMPANY !

The reason I said that because amongst all other companies (can't imagine you didn't mention LG for Nexus's supply) you tried to cover Apple's ass by pointing out Samsung's flaw which obviously means you love Apple.

Also, not to mention your profile name !

posted on 25 Mar 2013, 09:09 3

29. thephoneofi (banned) (Posts: 23; Member since: 24 Mar 2013)


Lol no, sorry my beloved company is HTC. You assumed cause I sarcastically took a shot at Samsung, that I'm an apple guy...WRONG. HTC One +y good man. Samsung isn't perfect, nor is apple, Htc, or any one else. My beloved company pfffff. Also my profile name is the phone I own lmao wow man get a clue

posted on 25 Mar 2013, 15:41

36. antelmann22 (Posts: 3; Member since: 25 Mar 2013)


No, sorry. I don't believe in coincidence. Your name is a reference to Apple.

posted on 25 Mar 2013, 18:19

40. thephoneofi (banned) (Posts: 23; Member since: 24 Mar 2013)


My name is David lol. That's not a reference to apple.

posted on 25 Mar 2013, 07:41 6

8. ajac09 (Posts: 1481; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


troll. Eveyone has supply issues. Samsung LG HTC apple. The reason everyone harps on apple is because they think they are perfect.

posted on 25 Mar 2013, 07:46 1

10. jsdechavez (Posts: 731; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)


Supply 'issues' happen when they just can't make it work like they should..

posted on 25 Mar 2013, 08:00 2

17. umadddd (banned) (Posts: 29; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)


You must have supply issues with your brain cells then LOL XDDDDDD

posted on 25 Mar 2013, 07:31 1

5. MrJerry (Posts: 403; Member since: 05 Oct 2012)


Too bad news but I agree that most of people won't even notice and people like me will get Exynos version anyways.... probably from Korea :-).. Exynos octa + hexa-band LTE

But it's damm expensive to buy outright phone in there even though it packed with extra battery kit+ DMB...

posted on 25 Mar 2013, 07:37

6. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)


Will this model be in the u.s.? Never saw the gsiii here in the states

posted on 25 Mar 2013, 07:42

9. ajac09 (Posts: 1481; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


Most likely the note 3 and the new tabs will have the octo gs4.. maybe if they make a gs4 super version or something or wait till the gs5 next year and hopefully have a true 8 core not dual quad cores.

posted on 25 Mar 2013, 07:40 4

7. thelegend6657 (unregistered)


Snapgragon rocks , exxynos doesn't

posted on 25 Mar 2013, 07:48 2

12. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Nope, both of them rocks! Exynos using octa core, and I don't even need to say about Snapdragon right? So, both of them rocks!

posted on 25 Mar 2013, 07:54 3

14. amansingal14 (Posts: 309; Member since: 08 Sep 2012)


Exynos has only 4 cores working at a time. So its logically quad-core. Still, it rocks :)

Android and WP FTW

posted on 25 Mar 2013, 08:09 1

20. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


I Agree :)

Android and WP FTW!

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