Samsung 'about-turn' means no Exynos 5 CPU for the UK Galaxy S4

Samsung 'about-turn' means no Exynos 5 CPU for the UK Galaxy S4Turns out the UK version of the Samsung Galaxy S4 won't be getting the new octa-core Exynos 5 CPU after all, despite what Samsung indicated at the GS4 launch event a week ago.

Instead it'll be the 1.9GHz quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor powering UK Galaxy S4s, which is no problem in itself, but having been promised the eight-core processor it's hard not to feel a little disappointed.

We have Omio to thank for revealing the about-turn, which clarifies Samsung's original press release, which revealed that the two processors would both be pushed into service in the Galaxy S4, but would be "differed by markets".

However, word from the launch event itself was that the UK would be among those markets getting Samsung's own CPU, yet Samsung's own take is now that “in the UK the Galaxy S 4 will be available as a 4G device with a 1.9GHz quad-core processor”.

That's not to say the Exynos 5 won't be appearing in some markets, of course, but at this point Samsung has decided to retract its position and is refusing to reveal any further details for the moment.

It's also not saying whether the change of plans is the result of any kind of supply issue, a strategic move for one reason or another, or simply the result of a miscommunication.

With both CPUs very much brand new there's no head-to-head performance or efficiency data for us to compare their respective merits. However, with the Exynos 5's eight core setup specifically designed to ease power use where possible, it's likely Samsung's own CPU will be the slightly more battery-friendly of the two.

We'll no doubt know more as the April 26 Galaxy S4 release date approaches.

Via Pocket-lint

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mightyforest  Mar. 21, 2013 at 09:39

kind of made my mind up then, was a huge push leaving my windows phone to go back to android but if they are not even living up to their original go live specs then they can go do one

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 21, 2013 at 09:55

Seems they stuck to the octa-core story just long enough to outshine the HTC One, Z, and iPhone 5 ;) (not that that octa-core is guaranteed to be a huge advantage, anyway)

mightyforest  Mar. 21, 2013 at 10:01

false advertising? i can see why the t mobile offer was taken down as it clearly stated octa core proccessor, and i guess if they couldn't supply them then they would be open for returns.

corgi74  Mar. 21, 2013 at 10:13

I think the Exynos isn't compatible with 4G that's why they are using the Qualcomm in the UK. There was a simuilar issue with the S2 and Note in the US.
I remember Miriam Joire discussing it on Engadget. For some reason Samsung couldn't make 4G compatible Exynos chips.

Pondlife  Mar. 21, 2013 at 10:17

Guessing there are plenty who'd rather have octocore than 4g for now though.

mightyforest  Mar. 21, 2013 at 10:18

release a 3g version then, im on three and they are just as fast as 4g anyway

corgi74  Mar. 21, 2013 at 10:27

Here's a link about it. Basically the Exynos doesn't have native 4G/LTE support and needs a seperate module.
http://www.samsung-galaxys4.com/galaxy-s4-snapdragon-us-exynos-europe

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 21, 2013 at 10:28

Guessing there are plenty who'd rather have octocore than 4g for now though.

Both sides foolish :p

Pondlife  Mar. 21, 2013 at 10:38

CPW reporting that it's S4 preregistrations are nearly four and half times larger than those for the S3 and that's in one day fewer so far...

Mind you I think that's not the ones that have stumped up the £30 to reserve one.

CTPAHHIK  Mar. 21, 2013 at 10:40

Here's a link about it. Basically the Exynos doesn't have native 4G/LTE support and needs a seperate module.
http://www.samsung-galaxys4.com/galaxy-s4-snapdragon-us-exynos-europe


Good one. As mentioned before there is no mention of Exynos supporting LTE. This is why Note 2 and SGS3 LTE are more expensive - they need an extra chip.
I didn't expect that Samsung will screw up so royally and not get LTE support in latest chip, but I would guess they couldn't get a license.

Anyways, all LTE providers (3, EE) will have Snapdragon and everyone else will have Exynos. I'm sure it will not be a problem to get SIM free either one.

mrew42  Mar. 21, 2013 at 11:50

The Octo core is effectively 2 quadcores so I'm not fussed
Looks like the Quad core is no slouch anyway.
http://cdn.androidcommunity.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/Samsung-GALAXY-S-4-doubles-iPhone-5s-benchmark-scores-1-540x335.png

mrew42  Mar. 21, 2013 at 12:12

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morpheus  Mar. 21, 2013 at 15:40

Great story guys, no need to thank me for pointing it out to you though... no really!!!

Pondlife  Mar. 21, 2013 at 15:44

Those that write the articles seldom seem to read the comments on them let alone read the rest of the site...

krogothnx  Mar. 21, 2013 at 19:08

Excellent news. i guarantee the 600 version will get a hell of a lot more dev support.

bilbob  Mar. 21, 2013 at 19:38

I always thought the 'octa-core' thing was streching the truth a bit anyway... alright, it DID have eight cores, but the devil as always, was in the detail that it would only ever be able to use at a time...
Kinda like saying my car has a four lite 8 cylinder diesel engine, when it turns out I have a spare in the boot...

dz1  Mar. 22, 2013 at 02:34

kind of made my mind up then, was a huge push leaving my windows phone to go back to android but if they are not even living up to their original go live specs then they can go do one

Windows phone lol. Get rid of that turkey.

CTPAHHIK  Mar. 22, 2013 at 07:57

Excellent news. i guarantee the 600 version will get a hell of a lot more dev support.

Absolutely, Qualcomm drivers are public and always get updated, while Exynos barely gets any support.

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