Bloomberg: Galaxy S 4 to have Snapdragon in the US, Exynos 5 Octa elsewhere, but eye-scrolling won't make it

Bloomberg: Galaxy S 4 to have Snapdragon in the US, Exynos 5 Octa elsewhere, but eye-scrolling won't make it
Bloomberg's Scott Moritz, whose impassionate videos have often predicted it right about the iPhone franchise, is now citing sources inside Samsung, moving on to disclose some tidbits about the most eagerly awaited phone this season - the Galaxy S 4.

The insiders disclosed that Samsung will indeed be making two versions of the phone - one with Qualcomm's Snapdragon 600 quad-core chipset, and one with Exynos 5 Octa.

The Snapdragon gear is, naturally, heading to US carriers, as Qualcomm's multi-band LTE radio is very well optimized for the quirks of carrier networks on its home turf, while Samsung's octo-core silicon doesn't have the 4G baseband modem integrated, meaning it will potentially be less power efficient than Qualcomm's SoC at our side of the pond. We've seen this play over and over with Samsung's Galaxy line - Exynos chip for the international version, and Snapdragon in the US, so it's a pretty believable scenario. Not that we are worried, given Snap 600's north of 12 000 points on Quadrant, measured on the HTC One and LG Optimus G Pro.

As far as the much rumored eye-scrolling feature goes, the sources were not entirely convinced that Samsung will be including it with the S 4 out of the box, but they said it might grace company devices later on. They were positive a toned down eye-tracking tech will be in, though, namely the video pause function, which stops playback when the front camera senses your eyes have moved away from the display.

The analysts also regurgitate the rumors about a 5" display, and a 13 MP camera on the back, but don't say anything special about it, so we'd have to assume it won't have any large pixel or optical image stabilization shenanigans built-in, but lets wait and handle the finalized product when we cover the event live from Radio City Music Hall.

source: Bloomberg

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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)

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49 Comments

1. schinnak

Posts: 116; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

whatever samsung. We trust you with the hardware and rich features on touch wiz. but please dont fall into the iphone syndrome and give us the same design over and over again as per the leaks we have been seeing lately.

4. louiemapa

Posts: 28; Member since: Nov 01, 2012

yeah the design of S4 is just the same with the S3, same with iphone, ip4=ip4s=ip5 in design.. boooring!

6. nicholassss

Posts: 368; Member since: May 10, 2012

everything ive seen so far seems like a smaller note 2 than a bigger s3. I know its not that much better haha, but... there could still be a bigger change in the look. namely they could ditch the physical home button already.

14. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

inspired by S3 , designed for humans (again)

30. terry_wil

Posts: 6; Member since: Mar 12, 2013

the design is similar but not the same iphone design is the exact same from phone to phone

49. Hemlocke unregistered

Have you put an iPhone 4S and a 5 side-by-side? Your optometrist called, and he needs to see you soon.

10. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

I sincerely doubt it will look the exact same as the s3. Samsung is not stupid they know android users have too much awareness to buy the same phone over and over again like ifans and they know android users have a vast sea of choice with top handsets from various manufacturers withing the android system who users could change to if not happy. Let's not forget the multiple "leaks" last year of almost s2 design replicas featuring s3 internals. Everybody was saying Samsung has done an apple an kept the same design. Samsung is not like apple,its not 100% predictable,expect an refreshed design

21. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Personally I still think it will change to a more solid, less rounded look, but the Samsung teased image is in line with the Chiniese leak, and frankly, it's not that bad. Less bezels and more screen gives overall a more futuristic look if you like, while the rounded corners (too rounded for me) make it comfortable to hold Gorilla Glass on front, metal on the side, replacable plastic on the back, not terrible.. http://www.abload.de/img/gs4mjjry.gif

22. darkkjedii

Posts: 31039; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Who are you trying to convince? Us or yourself?

24. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Considering that more ppl. bought a Samsung plastic last year than any other material Android last year, it's those crying for glass and aluminum are the ones trying to convince the majority who don't mind.

29. darkkjedii

Posts: 31039; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

"That" are the ones.

32. Hemlocke unregistered

Your rationalization and attempted elevation of "Android users" is not only counterfactual, it's ludicrous. Of course the "iFans" are the only people dumb enough to buy the same design two years in a row, something that Android fans would NEVER do. Quick question: How often does Ford change the Mustang, Bugatti the Veyron, Rolex their watches, and Samsung their televisions? Would you KNOW one of those if you saw it this year, even only having seen previous years? of course you would. Change for the sake of change destroys brand image. Samsung keeps radically changing the Galaxy S because they have not landed on a design that has been described all around as pleasing or iconic. They could care less what a few commenters on a website say.

34. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Well said +1 Samsung have no design what makes them excel is there features the specs, which you see when they advertise its all about high end specs, look at Nokia they advertise on midrange a year old specs, via known as for there cameras: connecting people, iPhone is a show, flash being cool and trendy and about apps, BB is about enterprise.™

20. AnTuTu

Posts: 1612; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

Fingers crossed and I hope it will not. Some sources even said that the leaked video and images of S4 are fake. That could be just a S3 like dummy made in China to get hypes just before the original release.

45. Android4u

Posts: 456; Member since: Aug 16, 2012

It could fail big time and samsung fans will swear on eveything its the best device around

2. louiemapa

Posts: 28; Member since: Nov 01, 2012

yes no eye scrolling!

3. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Dear Samsung fans who anticipated and expected too much from the S4. You're going to get disappointed very soon!! You drool about what's going to be along with the new Galaxy but you don't think about what might not be. Phew...there, i said it. Been wanting to get it off my back for so long!

13. maccess

Posts: 742; Member since: Jan 16, 2013

i don't care.. specially since you're a nokia fan..

17. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

So you don't care if what i said is true because i'm a fan of Nokia? Yes, i'm a fan of Nokia...but i have my limits of being a fan. I just don't expect blindly...and i love whatever is good in technology, not just Nokia.

31. maccess

Posts: 742; Member since: Jan 16, 2013

so you mean the s4 will surely a 100% disappointment?? because of what?? just because it doesn't has eye scrolling feature?? or because it stiil made from "cheap" plastic?? or because its 13mp camera still cant beat your 808 pureview?? waiting for same old reasons that nokia fans always brag about ( built quality & camera off course ).. lol..

39. SleepingOz unregistered

LMAO, they have nothing except a solid brick with a good(not-so on the L920) camera. That's all!

41. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Which is better than most of Android devices...

42. SleepingOz unregistered

*than most low-end Android devices. That's nothing to brag about imho.. =]

44. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Okay, since you brought it up. Which mid-ranger are you talking about? And which high end slapped the Nokia duo down??

46. ahhxd717

Posts: 332; Member since: Dec 08, 2011

Shut up. You've never used a L920 camera. It might not be the BEST but it's better than most smartphone cameras out there. Just please be quiet. How old are you? 15?

47. SleepingOz unregistered

Did I hurt your feelings? LMAO!

48. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

use it first then tell us.........!!!

40. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Dude! Why are you chasing your own tail? I never said fail, let alone 100% fail...and i never compared any Nokia phone to any Samsung device ever...except for the photo comparisons with given images! You're so wrong in trying to figure me.

16. GALAXY-STORM

Posts: 328; Member since: Oct 13, 2012

Nothing can be more disappointing than if somebody only managed to sell 2 million devices in 90 days in an overpopulated country and most importantly ended up throwing a party calling that a success.

18. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Haters gonna hate ! Logical explanation is something you'll probably not understand but lets see...... Samsung brought some very exceptional features to S3 last year with its S Beam and Smart Stay. Thats probably what people liked and made the phone highest seller on android platform. This year again from hardware point of view they'll promising to deliver power saving Octa core and Pholed display. Also, video pausing and several nifty features on software front. Everyone like new and innovative features. As an android fan I am just anticipating some cool features it'll bring this year. What makes you conclusively say that 'You're going to get disappointed'. Instead of lashing out on me just read your comment and you'll realize how idiotic you sound !

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