Last week we were treated to the launch of the Galaxy S4, and at the time Samsung said their new flagship handset would ship in the UK with the 1.6Ghz Exynos 5 octa-core processor. However, it seems as though this was incorrect because it has now been confirmed that the UK version will come with the Snapdragon 600 1.9Ghz quad-core CPU instead.
Samsung had said during their Unpacked Event that the Galaxy S4 would come with a choice of two processors, but they failed to confirm what market would get either CPU. We already know the US market will benefit from the octa-core processor, although there have been concerns this could drain too much power from the battery.
However, there seems to be some confusion because while some reviews would suggest the octa-core processor will consume battery power, others believe the Snapdragon 600 will not be as power- efficient, so whom should we believe? We can tell you that the 1.6Ghz Exynos CPU does not need to call upon all eight-cores at once, so can run on four-cores for processes not requiring too much power.
If this is indeed the case then this news could hurt sales of the Galaxy S4, as the new octa-core processor was one of the main reasons potential buyers were going to upgrade to the new Galaxy smartphone. For those who doubted the UK version was to get the quad-core processor, then this Phones 4 U specifications listing is surely definitive proof?
The Samsung Galaxy S4 isn’t on the market yet and already there are several third-party accessories appearing on the Internet, such as the Tech21 range, which has proven so well with other Samsung handsets as well as the iPhone. It’s still early days but we’ll keep you fully informed of some other S4 accessories the closer we get to the day of release.