Samsung’s Galaxy S IV rumored to use different CPUs in different regions

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We’re all ridiculously excited for Samsung to officially unveil the most hyped up phone of the year in March, but that’s not going to stop us from listening out for every little rumor that pops up. The latest comes from the Taipei Times and says the Galaxy S IV will indeed use different processors for different models of the phone, depending on the market. US variants will pack a Snapdragon 600, while international versions will use Samsung’s own Exynos octa-core processor. This was the case with the Galaxy S III, as Samsung’s in-house chip had some LTE problems. LTE is a huge selling point for US phone carriers, so it is possible that Samsung will have different models to make sure LTE performance is up to snuff in each area the device is released in.

This still isn’t official, and there’s a little wiggle room for speculation. Benchmarks showed an S IV using what appeared to be a Qualcomm S4 Pro in both Korea and the US, which could mean Samsung will fully adopt Qualcomm’s chips for the phone. It could also mean Samsung is intentionally or unintentionally leaking some specs of prototypes that may not represent the hardware that’s in the final product. Whatever the case may be, we’re going to find out in a little over two weeks.

source: Taipei Times

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  • principemitch

    It is okay to switch processors in order to meet our market’s LTE requirements. BUT what was not cool was when Samsung removed or allowed the removal of the global/world-phone features in the US Cellular versions of the Galaxy S3 and the Galaxy Note 2. Unlike the S3 and Note2 phones of Verizon and Sprint (both CDMA, like USCellular), only USCellular’s versions of the S3 & Note2 cannot be used in GSM countries/outside the USA ! ! ! This is a huge disappointment for us, USCellular customers, who have wanted to get the best and the latest Android phones that Samsung offers, but could not because we need a smartphone that is global-ready or a world phone that can be used in countries with GSM carriers. NOTE to Samsung: for the next Galaxy S4 and the Galaxy Note 3, PLEASE make sure to keep the world-phone features and ban USCellular from removing your phone’s global/GSM capabilities.