Qualcomm confirms that the '600' is the other processor for the Samsung Galaxy S 4

Qualcomm confirms that the '600' is the other processor for the Samsung Galaxy S 4
Just like it did with the Samsung Galaxy S II and Samsung Galaxy S III, the Samsung Galaxy S 4 will be powered by two different processors depending on where you live. In Europe and overseas, Samsung will eat its own cooking with the quad-core 1.6GHz Samsung Exynos 5 Octa powering the handset with the PowerVR SGX544MP3 GPU crunching graphics.

On Friday, Qualcomm confirmed that its Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor will be under the hood in the U.S. and Canada. This info was leaked in late February. The Adreno 320 GPU will be crunching the graphics. For the Samsung Galaxy S 4, the quad-core processor will have a 1.9GHz clockspeed. The same quad-core processor is used on both the HTC One and the LG Optimus G Pro but set at a slower 1.7GHz speed.

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 powers the U.S. version of the Samsung Galaxy S 4

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 powers the U.S. version of the Samsung Galaxy S 4

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 is said to offer 40% better performance than its predecessor, the Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 and was introduced at CES in Las Vegas. The official word about its inclusion in the just announced superstar handset came from the big chip maker when it said in a press release that "We are proud to say that the newest Snapdragon 600 processor is at the heart of the Galaxy S4 in select regions," and later sent an email to Ars Technica confirming that the U.S. version of the Samsung Galaxy S 4 is powered by the '600'.

Last year, the international version of the Samsung Galaxy S III  (GT-I9300) carried a quad-core 1.4GHz Samsung Exynos processor while the U.S. model carried a dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro (to be fair, the U.S.models also carried 2GB of RAM as opposed to the 1GB on the international model). The Samsung Galaxy S II had different chips in different models within the U.S. market. For example, the T-Mobile version of the phone had a dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 while the AT&T and Sprint variants were powered by a dual-core 1.2GHz Samsung Exynos processor.

source: Qualcomm,  ArsTechnica via TechRadar

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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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42 Comments

1. Daftama

Posts: 639; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Bring it...The Next Big Thing Note 3 or Galaxy Q

2. terabyteRouser

Posts: 457; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Did Samsung think we weren't going to find out?

10. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

I don't think they really cared. Qualcomm of course cares so they announce it to everyone to promote the Qualcomm 600.

16. HDShatter

Posts: 1021; Member since: Jan 17, 2013

Sucks for people getting the US version. The Exynos 5 is more powerful with better GPU, CPU and better battery life. And it doesn't make oyur phone run super hot like snapdragon. Its stupid the onyl reason there using the krait 300 is because the carriers force them to support all the bands.

19. bigstrudel

Posts: 570; Member since: Aug 20, 2012

Who cares real life performance will be exactly the same. There has been ZERO battery testing on the Exynos Octa. Pure conjecture. It hasnt even been demo'd yet. The S4's in New York were all running Snapdragon 600s.

26. Guest_star

Posts: 231; Member since: Dec 30, 2011

how do you know that cpu is better and that consumes less power in exynos than in snapragon 600? have you tested it? and about that heat from snapdragon compared with exynos, done some more tests? please share them with us via video or something...(in case if someone did not notice i am being sarcastic because i hate comments like these that have no foundation to stand on)

28. terabyteRouser

Posts: 457; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

It is not a stretch to hypothesize that a processor with two quad cores would use more battery.

34. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

It is also not a stretch to hypothesize that the lower power cores would be running a majority of the time, which would make the two quad chip use less battery.

29. terabyteRouser

Posts: 457; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

I thought it was funny. This is the equivalent of advertising a computer with an Intel processor without specifying the model. I think it's funny because, it was as if they didn't want to admit that they had no leg in the processor department with their competition.

31. HDShatter

Posts: 1021; Member since: Jan 17, 2013

Snapdragon is like amd, there cpus are cheap but they work okay. Tegra 4 is like Intel, much faster cpu but cos more. Exynos octa is between a tegra 4 and snapdragon 600. There is also a big.little hack that allows all 8 cores to run at once.

33. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

I have no idea how you can infer that from Samsung not mentioning the processor. I am pretty sure they didn't mention the hardware because they concentrated on the software. They didn't even mention the screen much. In fact, not mentioning does not benefit them in anyway so why would they hide it? It probably hurt them more if anything. The Samsung hating sites like Pocketnow and The Verge even went as far as saying the GS4 was using the now ancient, in relative terms, S4 pro. Which would really give HTC an edge in North America if that was the case.

3. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

What about Snapdragon 800, Samsung? Samsung should've wait for the 800 before they release the S4.

5. darkskoliro

Posts: 1092; Member since: May 07, 2012

but then ONE and Z will already have half the 2013 customers, and then S4 will have too much competition with iPH and MotoX second half of 2013

7. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

I agree.

17. HDShatter

Posts: 1021; Member since: Jan 17, 2013

Apple is mid range now. They don't deserve to be compared to new phones.

8. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

I don't think they have much competition. Just Apple.

9. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Yes, I agree. They definitely should have waited. Let's hope that the Exynos 5 Octa doesn't outperform the Qualcomm 600 too badly.

21. bigstrudel

Posts: 570; Member since: Aug 20, 2012

Why? Tech enthusiasts that care about stuff like this are probably 1% of their target consumers and are the only people that care which processor they have. As if it matters since both will likely run flawlessly. Their concern is making money pure and simple and Samsung has got to strike while the iron is hot. Unveiling and releasing the S4 six months before the iPhone just makes sense rather than competing head to head.

35. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

It is actually a pretty big step up, especially the gpu. Go look at the comparisons. I know it doesn't really matter to Samsung in the big picture but it still gives them another marketing tool at the very least and would improve popularity with the tech crowd.

32. HDShatter

Posts: 1021; Member since: Jan 17, 2013

The 800 would be on par with the exynos 5 but it wouldnt have the powersaver cpu.

37. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

i hope nokia choose intel i3 or i5 or maybe i7 powerful one.....!!! if they then it will great......!!! just dreaming

39. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Maybe a 2.3 GHz Quad Core Intel Core i7 processor. Oh, and 3 GB of ram. (dreaming)........

41. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

yeah men, dreaming is good. Lol......!!!

4. joey18

Posts: 648; Member since: Jul 20, 2010

sammy fail so who is going to copy lg -htc or nokia

6. true1984

Posts: 862; Member since: May 23, 2012

i thought the Sprint version of the SII was the one with the Exynos, not the AT&T version

11. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

None of the US models had the Exynos. Just the Canadian Bell/Virgin model and the international global one. Which makes me wonder. If Bell pays extra for the Exynos 5 Octa plus LTE, they can market the hell out of it and get people to switch. I don't know if Samsung would allow that but they should go for it. I'll buy the Bell one and unlock it if it had the Exynos again.

12. galanoth

Posts: 428; Member since: Nov 26, 2011

Both Sprint and AT&T had Exynos in their Galaxy S 2 models. For the Galaxy S 3, all USA carriers used a dual-core Snapdragon.

18. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

No, I am pretty sure that every US variant used the crapdragon S3. Only the Bell/Virgin model used the Exynos in North America. Let me double check and I'll post if I am wrong. Which makes you wonder. How did Qualcomm improve so much from the crapdragon S3? LOL

20. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

My bad. The Epic 4G touch and the AT&T does have an Exynos according to Phonearena. The Bell/Virgin one was the only one that looked like the original international one.

22. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

AT&T had 2 versions of the S2, one with Exynos and HSPA+, and one with the S3 and LTE. The Sprint version also had Exynos. The HSPA+ AT&T model was the closest thing in the U.S to the international model with its 4.3" display and Exynos, all the others either had 4.5" displays, S3's, or both.

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