Analyst reconfirms Samsung might equip the Galaxy S IV with Snapdragon chipset

Analyst reconfirms Samsung might equip the Galaxy S IV with Snapdragon chipset
Piper Jaffray analyst Gus Richard slipped a confirmation in a note to clients that Samsung might indeed have trouble outfitting the Galaxy S IV with its Exynos 5 Octa chip, and is considering a Qualcomm swap, as we've heard before.

When there's smoke, there's fire, and, frankly, with less than a month before the official announcement, we doubt Samsung will be changing course from whichever chipset it's picked for production, and all leaked benchmarks so far point to a Snapdragon-outfitted Galaxy S IV, or whatever Samsung's 2013 flagship gets named. Here's the analyst's quote:

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Galaxy S4
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 600, Quad-core, 1900 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2600 mAh(17h 3G talk time)



1. tusshharish

Posts: 342; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

but which 600 or 800????

3. mr.techdude

Posts: 571; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

It has to be the 600 because 800 is made for larger devices such as laptops, computers and tablets

4. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

nobody said that 800 can't be used for smartphones. But 600 will be the most probable choice given that 800 is not yet on production.

25. abdane

Posts: 507; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

my question again, is the Snapdragon for the US version only or for all versions ?

7. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011 "Not only will you see this Snapdragon 800 processor in mobile devices like smartphones and tablets, but it will be featured in computing and consumer electronic devices such as Smart TVs and digital media adapters." But, the 800 isn't supposed to go into mass production until at least June, so it will be the 600 unless Samsung want's to wait until June/July to release their flagship, which they really shouldn't.

12. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Exactly. In fact, snapdragon 800 should be even more frugal than the 600, on top of the big increase in power.

17. darkskoliro

Posts: 1092; Member since: May 07, 2012

"Overall Performance Boost—the Snapdragon 800 processor is expected to deliver up to 75% better performance than the Snapdragon S4 Pro" Looks like im waiting a few more months :))

43. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2488; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

It does make you wonder if the Snapdragon 800 will find its way into the new Motorola X phone considering Qualcomm had a roadmap a while ago that suggested it knew about the next Android OS coming in May. Perhaps the Motorola X could be announced with the Snapdragon 800, with production and a release happening the following month. However, I think the 600 will do very well for this device. You also have to remember that the rumors suggest the clock speed for the 600 in the SIV is 1.9Ghz instead of the 1.7Ghz of the HTC One. I’m not suggesting that is a reason to pick the SIV over the HTC One (considering I still don’t know enough about the SIV yet), but rather to point out there are some differences between the two devices. However, my point is that as of right now we cannot sit here and say one device is better than the other until the actual device comes to fruition. I remember reading the comments on the HTC One rumors a month ago with people spouting off “HTC is dead” or “This will be a failure.” Please have some patience. Wait until we actually see the device before coming to such judgments.

48. g2a5b0e unregistered

Unless the Motorola X sees some serious delays, the 800 will not be used in it. Qualcomm has already stated that it will not be ready for production until Q3.

52. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2488; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

I did say "could be". It is possible that they announce the phone in May and it be released in June or July. It's more of a dream than a reality. It also could possibly showcase an Exynos chipset for all we know.

53. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2488; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Also, we don't know when the X phone is suppose to be released. Some rumors have suggested a July release. Others suggest an announcement in May at Google's I/O event. So, really at this point there is nothing off the table.

23. AamirSIII

Posts: 187; Member since: Oct 04, 2012

if its not 800, i will sue Samsung for playing with my emotions...

5. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Probably the 600, considering the 800 isn't supposed to be out until at least June, and Samsung isn't going to wait 3 months after the unveiling to launch their flagship. However, it might have more than 2 GB of RAM; there was a leak a while ago with Samsung prototypes with 3 GB of RAM. If the GS4 has the Snapdragon 600 and a mostly polycarbonate build, I'm going for the One. Maybe the new Touchwiz can make up for it, but I doubt it, Sense 5 is really appealing to me.

34. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

im thinking of getting the One too bro, design, power, and beautiful ui sounds like a winner to me

35. buccob

Posts: 2980; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Well I think the winning formula for Samsung lately has been focusing on software. First they built a nice enough device with the Galaxy S Then they up the hardware game with the Galaxy SII but Touchwiz skin was crap... Then they put together what was a great all around package (not the best camera, but it was great... not the best screen but it was great, and so on.....) And focused on software so their skin now is one of the best out there.. Maybe not visually but it is very useful. Pop up apps, multi windowed apps... improvements over Android and leaving alone whats good about stock... Now that I have a Sony I realize that they are behind in this aspect... (Sony skin is visually very appealing, but lacks productivity)... But I am confident that they are working on this too (Look Jellybean for Xperia T and Z... pop up small apps... caching on)

28. Jobayer

Posts: 167; Member since: Feb 22, 2013

then it should have 4gb ram !!

2. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

bummer !!!!! -.-

26. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

How so? The SD 600 is spectacular and the Adreno 320 is still the best mobile GPU bar iPad 4, this is good for HW uniformity therefore developer focus therefore user experience. Personally I don't give a crap what's under the hood as long as it's fast and efficient, the latter being the red light for Samsung's own A15 quad. Now the question is: expecting 100M units, did Samsung pressurize Qualcomm to get the SD 800 early or a custom made chipset? You see for Qualcomm this is a one-time opportunity not only to earn 5 times more than without Samsung, but to show off the Snapdragon potential and make Sammy think about dropping Project Octa entirely. Business-wise, giving Samsung special treatment is the best thing a chip maker can do, and the benchmark clock speed shows something different to the One's and the G Pro's SD 600. I suspect a made-for-Samsung variant.

47. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

hmmm.....u do have a strong point ! But what I think is, its not really about powerful chips anymore as it is highly likely one will not see a significant difference in speed from either of the chips. What I liked about the octa was their focus on saving battery. A custom chipset is a possibility but altogether releasing SD 800 early is a bit of a long shot even if it involves impressing a client like Samsung. Because there would be strong reasons like manufacturing or R&D that needs to be perfected or ironed out before the mass production can be started. But of course this is nothing but a speculation :/

6. nikenturd unregistered

If it doesn't offer something special like improved design and camera quality...then I might go for the HTC One....Otherwise its just another souped up S3...and puhleeeez....No more plastics for jeebus sakes...I can live with touchwiz since it can be easily replaced by another launcher....

8. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Yeah now I am confused as well ! The thing is, looking at the track record HTC might be lacking in battery and updates (few years down the line). Whereas Samsung's quality of materials used, Amoled screen and 5 inch screen (personally) works towards its disadvantages

14. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Dude.. the galaxy S4 will be at least as compact as the HTC one, despite of the 5'' screen diagonal. HTC one has a large top and bottom bezel and is as big as some 5 inchers out there

55. MrJerry

Posts: 403; Member since: Oct 05, 2012

Bingo! I rather have physical home button than to have big bottom bezel

9. jan25

Posts: 470; Member since: Feb 26, 2012

i think less diversity in the chipsets used in Android devices is good for the Android ecosystem.

10. datsyuk

Posts: 180; Member since: Jan 11, 2012

So bummed about this lol. I'd much rather have the PowerVR GPU versus the older Adreno 320 which has been out for quite some time now, even if the PowerVR isn't brand new it's still a better performer!

13. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Even though the PowerVR SGX544MP3 would've been more powerful than the Adreno 320, the Adreno is still one beast of a GPU. Performance between the two would be negligible.

16. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Actually adreno 320 is newer and more modern GPU. The SGX 5xx series is based on old architecture. It may have more raw computing power than first A320 iterations, but A320 can be easily improved. Just wait and see first benchmark results, you may be in for a surprise

11. BadAssAbe

Posts: 508; Member since: Apr 22, 2011

So i guess south Korea was right about 4 being a bad luck number. Hopefully they add the new global LTE chip Other then that snapdragon has no problems with me

15. richardyarrell2011

Posts: 510; Member since: Mar 16, 2011

As long as the Exynos 5 Octa is in the Galaxy Note 3 then the BEST will be saved for last. Looks like i won't be purchasing the Galaxy S4 just for GP. I always purchase 2 devices a year in 2012 i had the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2. I don't want another jellybean device so looks like i might just purchase my first Motorola device since that 64gb version of the X phone will be out.

19. phil2n

Posts: 519; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

shortcut: you're saying you are rich, which i really don't care if how many devices you have.

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