Shortage of Exynos chip means 70% of first Samsung Galaxy S4s will have Qualcomm Snapdragon 600

Shortage of Exynos chip means 70% of first Samsung Galaxy S4s will have Qualcomm Snapdragon 600
Samsung's LSI division, responsible for manufacturing the Samsung Exynos 5 Octa chips, could not fix the production problems that they have been battling. This means that a whopping 70% of the first 10 million Samsung Galaxy S4 units that roll off the assembly line will be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 instead of Sammy's home grown silicon.

The original plan was for the Qualcomm chip to be mainly used in the U.S. models of the phone. A couple of weeks ago, Samsung announced that its production schedule had the Exynos 5 processors being built in mass production not until the second quarter of this year. That meant that Samsung was faced with a choice. It could shut down production of the phone until enough Exynos 5 Octa chips were available, or it could continue to build the Samsung Galaxy S4 using the Qualcomm Snapdragon 600. Samsung chose the latter.

Last year, Samsung lost some sales to production problems with the Samsung Galaxy S III and this year, with the Korean based manufacturer looking to sell 40 million units of the Samsung Galaxy S4 in the first three months after launch, it could not afford to gamble that there would be enough Exynos 5 Octa chips ready. So instead, a much larger than expected number of  phones will be powered by the Snapdragon 600. And you know what? Most of those who buy the phone are not going to be able to notice any difference.

source: UnwiredView

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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. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Hey Alan, can you tell us when PA will get S4 with Octa processor for review ? I wanna decide if Octa really helps to save lot of battery and worth waiting !

18. Emily1985

Posts: 127; Member since: Nov 08, 2012

" Most of those who buy the phone are not going to be able to notice any difference." If this is true, they would feel the difference between Samsung Samsung s3 and Samsung s4 as well.

19. GadgetsMcGoo

Posts: 168; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

Not feeling any difference is more likely the OS than the hardware itself.

24. loyals

Posts: 129; Member since: Nov 10, 2012

android is not even optimised for quad-core properly , then what do do you expect in octa ??

35. shayan

Posts: 159; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

First, it is optimised for multicore systems. Second, octa is merly a name. it has 8 core, but they dont work to gether all at once. there are 4 low power cores for daily task. which will help battery life. and 4 cores with A15 architecture which will do the heavy tasks...

2. nostarwhere

Posts: 9; Member since: Mar 12, 2013

Bad news. Qualcomm chips drain battery faster and gets much hotter than Samsung's Exynos.

13. jsdechavez

Posts: 799; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

The real bad news? I think Samsung has found a way to cripple the supply chain for some smaller companies (HTC?) that ordered the Snapdragon 600s. Bye bye to the competition...

16. umadddd

Posts: 29; Member since: Mar 14, 2013

Wrong. HTC cites delays because of camera supply issues, not because of SD600

33. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Probably just blamed it on the camera but Qualcomm probably just declared HTC as a non priority for the Qualcomm 600 but HTC can't risk letting it out for PR reasons since Qualcomm is big in the media and the camera manufacturer not so much.

26. loyals

Posts: 129; Member since: Nov 10, 2012

what competition ? htc one or xperia z better than s4 nyday !!

39. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

XZ price will sink fastest in market. XZ is already selling for 35k in india which is 4k drop in less than 2 weeks of launch which is biggest drop.

3. thephoneofi

Posts: 23; Member since: Mar 24, 2013

Wow!!! The almighty Samsung having supply issues? No way, that only happens to apple rite?

4. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Every company has one issue or another ! But unlike your beloved company Samsung has found a workaround to the situation so that the people don't have to wait for months for their phone (only to find out it has dents and scratches) !

11. jsdechavez

Posts: 799; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

I think your beloved Samsung has found a way to cripple the supply chain for some smaller companies (HTC?) that ordered the Snapdragon 600s.

15. umadddd

Posts: 29; Member since: Mar 14, 2013

Wrong. HTC cites delays because of camera supply issues, not because of SD600

21. thephoneofi

Posts: 23; Member since: Mar 24, 2013

My beloved company? And just what company would that be?

23. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

APPLE, YOUR BELOVED COMPANY ! The reason I said that because amongst all other companies (can't imagine you didn't mention LG for Nexus's supply) you tried to cover Apple's ass by pointing out Samsung's flaw which obviously means you love Apple. Also, not to mention your profile name !

29. thephoneofi

Posts: 23; Member since: Mar 24, 2013

Lol no, sorry my beloved company is HTC. You assumed cause I sarcastically took a shot at Samsung, that I'm an apple guy...WRONG. HTC One +y good man. Samsung isn't perfect, nor is apple, Htc, or any one else. My beloved company pfffff. Also my profile name is the phone I own lmao wow man get a clue

36. antelmann22

Posts: 3; Member since: Mar 25, 2013

No, sorry. I don't believe in coincidence. Your name is a reference to Apple.

40. thephoneofi

Posts: 23; Member since: Mar 24, 2013

My name is David lol. That's not a reference to apple.

8. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

troll. Eveyone has supply issues. Samsung LG HTC apple. The reason everyone harps on apple is because they think they are perfect.

10. jsdechavez

Posts: 799; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

Supply 'issues' happen when they just can't make it work like they should..

17. umadddd

Posts: 29; Member since: Mar 14, 2013

You must have supply issues with your brain cells then LOL XDDDDDD

5. MrJerry

Posts: 403; Member since: Oct 05, 2012

Too bad news but I agree that most of people won't even notice and people like me will get Exynos version anyways.... probably from Korea :-).. Exynos octa + hexa-band LTE But it's damm expensive to buy outright phone in there even though it packed with extra battery kit+ DMB...

6. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Will this model be in the u.s.? Never saw the gsiii here in the states

9. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Most likely the note 3 and the new tabs will have the octo gs4.. maybe if they make a gs4 super version or something or wait till the gs5 next year and hopefully have a true 8 core not dual quad cores.

7. thelegend6657 unregistered

Snapgragon rocks , exxynos doesn't

12. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Nope, both of them rocks! Exynos using octa core, and I don't even need to say about Snapdragon right? So, both of them rocks!

14. amansingal14

Posts: 309; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

Exynos has only 4 cores working at a time. So its logically quad-core. Still, it rocks :) Android and WP FTW

20. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

I Agree :) Android and WP FTW!

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