Samsung Galaxy S4 root appears, but just for the rare Exynos 5 Octa version

Samsung Galaxy S4 root appears, but just for the rare Exynos 5 Octa version
The enterprising folks over at the XDA-Devs forums seemingly have managed to root the Samsung Galaxy S4, as usual before it is even released, like it is becoming customary these days for red-hot flagship handsets.

The ROM is packaged with ROOT&Busybox into an image flashable via Odin. The catch is that this is only for the Exynos 5 Octa version of the handset, and we just wrote a piece on why these won't be widespread any time soon. Most of the Galaxy S4 units will be powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 600 chipset, and for this one root is yet to come. 

Some devs already hinted that they won't give such high priority on the S4 as they used to with Samsung's previous Galaxy line flagships, but if the sales pan out as usual, the handset could again become the most hacked and modded Android phone for the year.

source: XDA-Devs

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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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8 Comments

1. MrJerry

Posts: 403; Member since: Oct 05, 2012

Exciting!

2. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

That's nice to hear, or read. If I do pick up the GS4, it would definitely be the Exynos model, and it's nice to know I have the option to root. Now that I know the Exynos model can run on T-Mobile's HSPA+ 42 and LTE, it's gotten more appealing for me to have as my next device. Final decisions will be made after Google I/O however, if the Motorola X phone makes an appearance.

4. PhoenixWright

Posts: 102; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

"NOOOOOOOOOOOOO, you should wait for Apple's iPhone 5S!" -Haven't seen that phrase for a while :D

5. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

You never will.

6. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

I'm planning on doing the same! Craigslist is going to be my best friend for awhile.

8. HDShatter

Posts: 1021; Member since: Jan 17, 2013

Yup unless something new comes out before I can preorder a GS4 international I am getting it and getting unlimited everything on T-mobile for $70 a month. Hopefully its on a site like Amazon in 2-3 weeks.

3. ama3654

Posts: 295; Member since: Nov 27, 2012

Very excited! Success brings developers. Anyone have any idea if Galaxy S4 support UHS-I micro sdcard speed at 70 mb/s?

7. naveenstuns

Posts: 184; Member since: Feb 19, 2012

This is April fool !!!! look at the source link :P :P

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