Samsung Galaxy S IV to come with Snapdragon 600 in US, Exynos 5 Octa in Europe?

Samsung Galaxy S IV to come with Snapdragon 600 in US, Exynos 5 Octa in Europe?
The Samsung Galaxy S IV could use Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 600 in the United States, and a Samsung Exynos 5 Octa in Europe and other places of the world where LTE is not that widespread, according to a recent JPMorgan note.

For the Snapdragon 600, Samsung might be placing orders with TSMC, the foundry that uses its 28nm process to make Qualcomm’s chip. All this might be of a big benefit to TSMC and one more reason why the company expects stronger than usual Q1 revenue.

Overall, all this sounds very logical. It actually aligns well with earlier duelling rumors about the S IV using either the Exynos 5 Octa or Snapdragon 600 - it’d just use both, choosing one for particular markets. That also happens to be the strategy Samsung has already used with the Galaxy S III.

We’ll know for sure in just two weeks on March 14th when Samsung is set to unveil the Galaxy S IV in an event in New York City. And right below is the latest teaser, take a look.

source: Taipei Times, Samsung Tomorrow

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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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68 Comments

1. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

OH, PA stop teasing now ! Just when I started getting use to the fact that GS 4 will have SnapDragon600 u r give me a ray of hope ! Can't wait. I must say Sammy r doing pretty nice job keeping the secrets this time :(

4. AamirSIII

Posts: 187; Member since: Oct 04, 2012

i have been saying this and will say it again, there are 90% chances of sammy using its own Octa Core Exynos cause S4, i bet ya, is gonna sell in millions, and sammy is famous for using most of the hardware themselves, thats the success point for sammy. using Qualcomm chip in its flagship is not only gonna affect the sales of its S4 but also its gonna decrease its market value as its the 2nd biggest semiconductor manufacturing company on the planet! its would be like intel making a computer using AMD chip in it... its just unacceptable...

18. KParks23

Posts: 722; Member since: Oct 13, 2010

I'm confused as to why samsung is so popular I own a gs3 and its a ok phone at best. my cousin has a one X plus and it seems better in every way possible and after seeing the new htc one I just don't see why there is still all this hype on the s4 u already know that the internals will be pretty similar but 2 me the new htc will be built far better. I can't stand when I hit the home button on my phone and I get that cracking plastic sound and I also don't really care for amoled screens. So seriously what's the big thing that keeps everyone wanting a samsung? Cuz i dont get it what am I missing that's so great about these products

37. MistB

Posts: 581; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

I'm confused as to why HTC is so popular, awful support, a constantly changing strategy, they say they'll do one thing for one minute like stick to one flagship a year, then they mis calculate the market and release 3 or 4 different variants of that model and refuse to update the older model totally not understanding what the customer wants. Wanna bet who'll get Key Lime Pie between your 'brother's' One X+ or 'your' S3, yep, pretty much the latter. It's the little things that Samsung adds that counts, removable battery, Micro SD and availability on all carriers as well as making an effort to make sure at least over half of their portfolio, even from 2011 gets an update, ain't seeing that commitment from HTC. I don't care how good HTC looks, to me they're nothing special and are a shell of their former selves, the HTC One may be their ultimate gamble but seriously, what features there to differ the One between the competition in a very aggressive market and how will it benefit the average consumer who values usability and convenience? Ultra Pixels, Metal? Meh!

45. KParks23

Posts: 722; Member since: Oct 13, 2010

Actually ur wrong htc is one of the best mfr at upgrading there products at least according to all the reports that I've seen and read. Tho samsung is pretty good themselves

57. _PHug_

Posts: 482; Member since: Oct 11, 2011

Actually U are wrong HTC does exactly what MistB has said. I don't know if they have changed in 2012/2013 but I learned my lesson in 2k11 Samsung's flagship is better. PS. When you become advanced enough to mod/rom your Android devices you will really appreciate the way Samsung just paves the road for you.

60. Diego!

Posts: 866; Member since: Jun 15, 2009

Very well said! I agree 100%!

38. Owlet

Posts: 450; Member since: Feb 21, 2011

I feel the same, KParks. I had all the HTC phones, and then bought SIII. I tried hard to see why it was called the king of Android. I don't get it, what's so special about that phone? Certainly not a better support, like MistB said. It has nothing to do with the phone. You might like the support better, more upgrades, but the phone is still the same - nothing special. I think they're so popular because Sammy is doing an outstanding job marketing. Just look at Apple too, marketing is everything. HTC phones are one of the best, beautiful inside and out. But they do make a lot of mistakes, in marketing, giving in to VZ about sd slots, slow updates. But comparing phones to phones, HTC is the king, galaxy s is crap. My opinion.

39. MistB

Posts: 581; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

That is why that remains your opinion but it doesn't change the fact over which company is succeeding and which is desperately clinging onto life. I personally don't own an S3 and opt for the phablets instead. Got a Note 2/S3 Mini and HTC one X myself, the difference between the the note 2 and S3 mini is vast enough to justify the cost, there really are an array of features that are just well thought out and what makes that even more special is the way each feature is bettered with the update (if it comes), the 4.2 leak for the S3 has given that model longevity, future proofing and a longer shelf life with all the added features able to rival the note 2 (for which you WILL be needing a manual to master all of them and that's only fore the S3, just think when the S4 comes out the S3 will get over half of it's features added) compared to the One X, a brilliant phone let down by Sense and with no guarantee of extra shelf life if you were to buy one today for 2 years, already the S3 is being compared this year's flagships yet the one X doesn't. But the S3 today and a year later, the phone will still be on par with the good software implemented in the phone (i'm not talking about updates here), buy the One X, and there's no guarantee of it getting key lime pie, sense 5 yes, KLP, that remains debatable.

48. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

the same thing were said about the SGSII last year, and that phone has reach EOL, by this time next year the SGSIII will also be obsolete.. remember Android moves so fast that phones are only good for 1 year..

49. MistB

Posts: 581; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

You raise a good point Gallito, I think choice is good and that's the beauty of Android, but that choice needs a longer shelf life, the S3 will still be a very capable phone in 1 year and I disagree with the fact androids are only good for a year, a lot of apps are optimised for the hardware regardless of the OS or age of the phone unlike the gap between the 3Gs and the 4 (both to which I admit owning), Galaxies are the exception as they have now achieved that premium reputation of the Android ladder that the others like HTC can only dream of. But, when it comes to their resale value, there is no doubting the fruit company still retains the value of their models after 3 years, heck my ancient 3Gs can still fetch a fair bit on the auction sites :)

52. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

well I never owned a galaxy so I can't testify if they suck or are great... but I will take your word for it..

62. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Well, at least all the GS2 models will get Jelly Bean (4.1) with the new Touchwiz Nature UX instead of Samsung just leaving them the way that they are. I'd say 1 major OS update, 1 minor OS update, and 1 huge UI update is pretty good for an Android phone released in 2011.

41. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

And I feel the opposite. I feel that HTC products are garbage inside and out while the Galaxy S series is brilliant. Opinions like you said.

67. Lboogey6

Posts: 281; Member since: Jan 31, 2012

this whole time i just was in awe....sigh ok heres the list of things that the whole world has experienced poor battery poor support non removable battery non removable memory "oh your htc crapped out here let me replace your whole phone oh you didn't back everything up via cloud? thats too bad" sense laggy camera shotty oooh premium feel make the phone out of steel and its still a poc software always fails somewhere always then they update it and mess something else up produce way too many devices and then put on certain carriers you lose fan base and support non of the htcs i have had last and keep me happy or other people oh and ive tried sensation mytouch 4g mytouch 4g slide evo evo 3d one s hd2(had to make android to deal with it) amaze friend has the lte the best of the bunch but still htc screwed that up. lets not forget the feature capabilites and innovation you my friend don't know how to use your phone because any comparison of the phones puts samsung far ahead of htc hell im starting to like lg more....i know i know... lol

40. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Because the GS3 is a lot better than the One X. The two One X devices that I owned were garbage in terms of usability while the GS3 was pretty flawless, nothing that annoyed me besides maybe the home button being to close to the bottom edge. The One X had like tons of little things that annoyed me. Like power button placement, crappy recent apps set up, really poor wallpaper select screen, camera sticking out on a flat table. Which leads me to another brilliant little aspect of the GS3 design. Samsung somehow managed to make it round and curved for your hand yet at the same time stay completely flush when using on the table. Something that doesn't apply to the One X, 8x, and most likely the One. The One looks like it'll rock like a cradle on a table.

47. KParks23

Posts: 722; Member since: Oct 13, 2010

The s3 is the first phone I ever owned with the power button on the side of the phone I don't like it but got used to it if it was something I started with prolly wouldn't have a problem personally I can't wait to get rid of this POS but vzw refuses to pick up any good phones and when they do they have some ridiculous storage options.. I can live with out a sd card but put a minimum of 32gb of storage with a 64gb option that's all I'm asking.

46. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Whether you like it or not, the GS3 was A LOT more well thought out than the One X was. Samsung did enough R&D to realize that the Qualcomm S4 + ICS needed 2gb of ram for multitasking and HTC didn't realize that until after the fact. Samsung realized that the GS3 needed a larger batter than the 1800 mah one that HTC used. The replaceable battery and micro SD add even more flexibility. Despite being bigger the GS3 felt much nicer in the hand with the curves and that also made it seem smaller. The notification toggles made digging into the menus something you didn't have to do and you didn't have to waste a home screen spot with a toggle widget. The bottom line is that the GS3 was much nicer to use and more well thought out than any HTC product ever created. And from what I have seen from the One, Samsung is going to cream them again in these aspects.

50. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

@KParks Going to answer your question: Apple's sheep+ Samsung's sheep = brain washed flock

55. MistB

Posts: 581; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

Correction, we're all followers for being lured in by whatever flashy the big companies sell us, we the consumer, are their experiment and we make their pockets deeper. There's no such thing as a single flock of drones, at the end of the day they are all businesses competing for our money so we're all gullible at the end of the day. I colour myself the most gullible for wasting money on every platform (wp8 now included with a pre-ordered Lumia 920 on the way), it's whatever works for me and I spend my hard earned cash to what appeals to me, not what I am a diehard fan of. Nokia/HTC/Samsung/Apple/Blackberry/Sony, yep, been there, done that, except for maybe Huawei ;)

51. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Almost forgot the micro usb on the side of the One X. That is terrible when trying to use your phone for portrait texts when plugged. The HTC One fixed that but it not being right in the middle flares up my OCD that the One is not perfectly symmetrical.

61. KParks23

Posts: 722; Member since: Oct 13, 2010

Dont you think your nit picking now i mean come on i can make up stuff to complain about to like.. wow the usb charging port on the bottom of the s3 makes it very uncomfortable to text while in landscape mode what were they thinking what a stupid design!

68. Lboogey6

Posts: 281; Member since: Jan 31, 2012

who even uses landscape lol no kidding but theres much more they took away the task manager if youre gonna have a crappy battery let me at least close everything out and not one by one how stupid is that not to mention omg having an sd card and file manager on the phone have made a world of difference for myself and people ive helped

65. geordie8t1 unregistered

your confused why samsung is so popular? coming from a person who is owning a samsung S3. why didnt you wait and get a HTC then if they are so good, i 2 have a galaxy s3 LTE and will gladly swear by it, speed, screen, audio, games codec support, battery removable, micro sd support, obviously LTE, never a problem with this handset, HTC is Good but it lacks in small areas where it could achieve more success, I.E micro sd and battery option, HTC one x+ is an upgraded version of the one + to try and compete specs and sales wise with the S3, and it came out AFTER s3 so clearly the specs would get a boost to push it, but it did not help, the s3 still ships MILLIONS of units per month worldwide, i think in excess of 50 Million total sales worldwide, clearly speak for themselves, HTC can only dream of these numbers as can any other company apart from apple, this is not a slur against HTC i have actually owned and liked their older products, but their random strategy changes and unstability will not help them, the new device certainly looks good, if not a bit like a blackberry with a front grill, build quality again is a personal choice, but given other manufacturers problems with signal, wifi, connections, frailty during even transit, i am glad that samsung went with the plastic covers, and again 50 MILLION+ cannot care either

25. omar300

Posts: 210; Member since: Jun 24, 2012

Last time samsung used Snapdragon because their exynos 4 could not work with LTE modem required for North America. They figured out that issue when they released Note 2. All note 2 had exynos 4(europe/NA). So i dont see why samsung shouldnt use its exynos 5 dual core in galaxy s4. Oh and yes they WILL use dual core if they choose to use exynos. They will gradually increase their specs. no way in hell they will jump to quad core And rumors that samsung is having drainage issue is bullcrap. no company shows off its product with defects like battery drainage. and even if it is an issue its just software.

2. brar.arsh

Posts: 202; Member since: Sep 12, 2012

Snapdragon is a better option.. :) Annnddd Vote Down beginsss.. :D

3. Equilibrium

Posts: 18; Member since: Nov 15, 2012

It was assumed that this would be the case, but with recent reports it seemed a lot of people wanted Samsung to slip up this time so we all eventually believed it, which is disappointing really. Great job on getting the Exynos Octa in the SGS4 and keeping it a secret for this long...if this turns out to be the real deal! It doesn't matter if its Samsung, Apple, Nokia, HTC, LG, ZTE, Huawei, Asus, Sony or even Motorola that is number one, we in the tech word should really only do one thing. Support those who innovate, criticize those who stagnate.

5. estreito

Posts: 15; Member since: May 11, 2012

Whatever it is, i can't wait to upgrade my faithful SGS2... :)

64. maxspecs

Posts: 37; Member since: Aug 29, 2012

believe me, the best option is to buy the best phone in the market then wait for 2-3 years which will be easy due to the power of the phone. then you have to update it with another flagship. this the best way to be happy :) it is cost-effective too :)

6. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Finally a rumor that makes sense. Samsung needs some outsourcing for the gargantuan production of the S4, and it also needs to keep his own semiconductor division in the business. So this should be the solution. Basically, nothing new compared to last year :) I expect the Exynos to be more powerful of the two again

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