A recent analysis claims only 10% of Samsung’s newest flagship smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy S 4, is shipping with Samsung’s own Exynos 5 Octa chip. Considering the device is on pace to become the company’s fastest selling smartphone in history, one might think Samsung would want to put more of their own hardware in the hands of consumers. However, Samsung seems to think it is more important to put devices in the hands of consumers regardless of the component sources. So in the case of the Galaxy S 4, the majority of the phones are shipping with Qualcomm chips. » Read the rest
The phone on the left in the picture above is reported to be the Samsung Galaxy Note III, but it probably isn’t. The rumored specs seem real though: a 5.99 inch full HD display, an Exynos Octa-core processor clocked at 2GHz for the A15 processor and 1.7GHz for the A7 processor, 3 GB of RAM, and Android 4.2.2. Reportedly the model number on the device is GT-I9500, which isn’t part of the traditional Note model numbers since there is usually an “N” as part of it. Who’s looking forward to this one?
As the Samsung Galaxy S 4 is launched around the world, one market getting a couple unique versions is the Asian market. Samsung has launched a Samsung Galaxy S 4 Duos model (I9502) that includes a couple notable differences from the standard version many people may be getting. First, the Galaxy S 4 Duos has two SIM card slots available. Second, the Duos version of Samsung’s flagship will be equipped with the Exynos 5 Octa chip with each of the cores running at 1.6GHz. All of the other specs for the device are the same as other Galaxy S 4 models.
Another model intended for the Chinese market, the I9506, will be running a Snapdragon 600 processor and is limited to TD-SCDMA 3G connectivity.
source: Samsung China
The Samsung Galaxy S 4 will launch with one of two different processors depending on what country you live in, and according to the latest benchmarks, Samsung’s Exynos 5 Octa outperforms Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 600 when running the latest test firmware. There are three different versions of the Galaxy S 4: The GT-I9500 running a Exynos 5 Octa at 1.6 GHz without LTE, GT-I9505 running a Snapdragon 600 at 1.9 GHz with LTE, and a Korean variant, the SHV-E300S running a Exynos 5 Octa at 1.8 GHz with LTE. In these new benchmarks, the GT-I9500 and GT-I9505 went head-to-head. » Read the rest
While those of us in the U.S. will just get the Galaxy S 4 with a quad-core Snapdragon processor, other countries are fortunate enough to get the Exynos 5 Octa on-board. If you are able to get your hands on the S 4 or future Samsung device with an Octa processor, there is some good news when it comes to LTE support. According to the official Samsung Exynos Twitter page, the Exynos 5 Octa will support all 20 LTE bands allowing fast data speeds worldwide. As far as what modem it will be paired with and how many bands will be supported on a single device, Samsung has yet to release more information.
Since Samsung announced their new Galaxy S 4 last week, with a release date scheduled for April 26th around the globe, many people have been trying to figure out which model will be available for purchase in their location. SamMobile has started to compile a list to aid those trying to figure out their options. The Galaxy S 4 will come with one of two processors. The GT-I9505 model is slated to be equipped with a Snapdragon 600 quad-core cpu clocked at 1.9 Ghz while the GT-I9500 will come with an Exynos 5 Octa processor running eight cores at 1.6 Ghz. It appears one of the main determinants for which model will be available has to do with the availability of LTE service, which the Exynos chip does not support.
You can check out the list after the break. » Read the rest
Samsung has taken to Twitter to show off its all-new eight core Exynos 5 Octa chipset. Other than the spectacular grid of spheres on the rear, there’s nothing really to see here. Although, if rumors hold true, we can expect to see the Korean manufacturer’s new Exynos 5 make its debut inside the Galaxy S IV later this year. For now, we’ll just stare and salivate.
With the success of the Samsung Galaxy S III in 2012, interest is high in what Samsung has planned for the successor device. We have already reported on apparent plans for the Samsung Galaxy S IV to be released in May 2013. Samsung dropped a bit of hint during CES 2013 that the new device would have a 5-inch 1080p display. The latest bit of information regarding the technical specifications is based on some Antutu Benchmarks that have surfaced. A Korean variant (SHV-E300S) and an international variant (GT-I9500) showed up with processors clocking in at 1.8GHz, consistent with the Exynos 5 Octa cpu. The testing results also show the device running Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean.
Speaking at Born Mobile in China, Qualcomm CEO, Paul Jacobs, presented an argument against the escalating core wars mobile manufacturers are engaged in. He called the eight cores in Samsung’s Exynos 5 Octa a meaningless number intended as a publicity stunt. Jacobs argued the increased number of cores could lead to diminished returns due to a more complex management of the cores from an energy and thermal standpoint. He said he did not believe the numbers game would continue for long as the focus would inevitably shift toward the end user experience. He cited things like speedy downloads, smooth interface, performance and precise positioning as areas of focus that would yield better results.
Can I argue with him? No, not really. Would I choose eight-core over quad? Without a doubt.
Not content to let Huawei steal all the attention in the phablet world, Samsung seems intent on making its upcoming Galaxy Note III smartphone bigger than better than not only its predecessors– but better than the competition as well. Similar to what we’ve already heard before, early reports are indicating that Sammy is going to thread the needle a bit further in terms of the Galaxy Note’s sheer size and will push it well past the 5-inch mark. Rumor has it that the device will check in at a whopping 6.3-inches in size! Oh and what’s more is that the device will also feature Samsung’s newly-announced superchip helping to purr things along. Size + speed? Oh yes please!
Naturally this is all speculation and rumor for now, but knowing Sammy— it certainly tries to push the envelope with its upcoming products, so these rumors shouldn’t be too farfetched. Stay tuned with Talk Android as we try and get more deets for you about the interesting device.