As if the whole Samsung Galaxy S4 quad-core (Qualcomm Snapdragon 600) vs. octo-core (Exynos 5 Octa) saga wasn’t confusing enough, there’s a spanking new twist to the tale.
It was presumed that the Exynos 5 Octa didn’t – or couldn’t – support LTE. Now we’re hearing that it does, but will only do so on Samsung’s home turf of Korea. What the…?
Essentially, what we were expecting was a bunch of 3G octo-core Samsung Galaxy S4 units with the Exynos 5 Octa, while the 4G LTE units would come with the quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600.
However, an update from none other than the official SamsungExynos twitter account explains: “Update on LTE capability: The #Exynos 5 Octa processor supports LTE and all 20 bands”.
As reported by Engadget, a couple of sources from out east add that some units of the Samsung Galaxy S4 will boast both LTE compatibility and the Exynos 5 Octa processor, however they’ll be exclusive to Korea. Bah.
It’s not clear why all Samsung Galaxy S4 units won’t rock the Exynos 5 Octa, with the obvious assumption being that the South Koreans simply can’t churn out enough units to meet the expected demand.