At CES 2013 last month, Samsung announced the Exynos Octa 5 processor. While the company did not confirm any plans to use the processor in any upcoming smartphones, many speculated that the Galaxy S IV flagship from the South Korean manufacturer will be the first smartphone to feature the processor.
However, recent rumours suggested that the Galaxy S IV may use the Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 quad-core processor instead of Samsung’s own Exynos Octa 5 processor. While the choice of processor in Samsung’s flagship may sound critical, consumers have nothing to worry about as no matter which processor Samsung goes with, benchmarks suggest that the Galaxy S IV will boast pretty impressive performance including graphics – up to 40% better than the Galaxy S III.
Qualcomm – manufacturer of the Snapdragon processors, didn’t dive into any details regarding the Snapdragon 600. However, the company did claim that the new processors offer great battery life.
This isn’t the first time a Qualcomm processor is seen in a flagship Samsung smartphone. Last week, a Samsung device carrying the codename SCH-I545 showed itself on a benchmark, showing a 1.9GHz Qualcomm processor. In addition, another Samsung smartphone – possibly the Galaxy S IV was also sported boasting a Qualcomm processor clocked at 1.9GHZ on another set of benchmarks.
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor is already being featured in the LG Optimus G Pro and the recently announced HTC One. Other than that, Samsung also outfitted the U.S. variants of the Galaxy S III with a Qualcomm processor to support 4G LTE.
If Samsung decides follow this pattern, it is possible that we will see a Galaxy S IV with the Snapdragon 600 processor in the U.S. and the Exynos Octa 5 processor in the international variant of the Galaxy S IV. The launch of the upcoming flagship from Samsung will reportedly take place in New York City on the 14th of March, with a release date to follow in April. Other than that, sources point at May or June for a release date of the U.S. variant of the Galaxy S IV.
While the processor in the Galaxy S IV is yet to be confirmed, it is highly likely that it will feature a quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM and a 13-megapixel camera sensor at the back. In addition, the Galaxy S IV might feature the same user interface and software found on the Galaxy Note II.