Hot on the heels of the unofficial confirmation of a March 14th unveiling of the Samsung Galaxy S4, there’s a new report that has surfaced which puts a question mark on whether or not the March 14th event may take place, if at all. While the earlier conformation, albeit unofficial, comes from sources which have had a long history of accuracy as far as such matters go, this new information brings in an element of doubt.
Yesterday, Korean tech site Digitimes reported that an issue with the heat generation in Samsung’s Exynos 5 Octa chipsets may force Samsung to look towards Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 600 series for the Galaxy S4. The Snapdragon 600 is Qualcomm’s latest processor, which also graces the recently unveiled HTC One smartphone, which is considered as one of the key rivals to the upcoming Galaxy S4, along with the Sony Xperia Z. Form what we have seen in benchmark results of the Snapdragon 600, it sure seems to blow everything else away.
Here’s a quote from the report by Digitimes (Translated by techkiddy)
The major problem in Exynos 5 Octa Chipsets is to control heat generation and much power consumption,that is why samsung has adopted the Qualcomm Snapdragon Chipset for upcoming flagship Samsung Galaxy SIV.The results of Qualcomm Chipsets are promising as it scored more than 12000 points on the quadrant standard benchmark and its main advantage is that it comes with baseband radio that covers most of the world’s networks.
The other interesting part is that the report indicates that the Galaxy S4 will be released only as a single version with the same processor unlike the Galaxy S3, the International version of which featured a quad-core Exynos processor.
Sammobile, the unofficial source for everything Samsung, seems to have a different take. It appears that the Exynos 5 Octa is not LTE enabled, which essentially means that Samsung will have to produce different versions with different parts for LTE and non-LTE regions.
All of this kind of ties in with some puzzling benchmark results that had surfaced in the recent part showing a Korean variant of the SGS4 SHV-E3005 with a Qualcomm MSM8960 CPU at a clock speed of 1.9GHz in combination with an Adreno 320 GPU. Of course, all of this is still rumored, and at best conjecture at this point. Samsung, for now, is still tight-lipped like it has always been prior to the launch of a Galaxy S flagship. But as the announcement/launch date nears, I guess we would be seeing a lot more of such scoops offering an insight into what the next big thing from Samsung is going to be like.
We would be keeping our antennae tuned in for more on the Galaxy S4, and will keep you posted should there be any new developments on this front.