Exynos 5 Octa
or other ARM Cortex-A15 Exynos chips from Samsung might have proved a tough nut to crack in terms of thermal envelope and power consumption when placed into a handset, which has prompted Samsung to use a Snapdragon chipset in the upcoming Galaxy S IV
flagship, claims Korean media publication.
We've heard rumors before that Samsung has a few versions of the handset with different Exynos and Qualcomm silicon in the lab, and it might be that the S IV has been greenlit with Qualcomm's finest instead of the homebrew Exynos brand.
It is indeed hard to beat the Snapdragon family when it comes to system-on-a-chip performance, as the chipsets come with the baseband radio that covers most of the world's networks integrated as well.
The new HTC One
rocks a Snapdragon 600
, clocked at 1.7 GHz, and we saw the alleged Galaxy S IV leak a few times already
with the carrier versions GT-I9505/SHV-E300S/SHV-300L/SCH-I545 sporting Adreno 320 GPU and the CPU clocked at 1.9 GHz, which is precisely the maximum reported frequency for the quad-core Qualcomm processor with four Krait cores.