US & UK Samsung Galaxy S4 will have quad-core, not octa-core, processor

Samsung finally unveiled its new Galaxy S4 last week, revealing a spec sheet worth drooling over. With a 5” Full HD Super AMOLED display, 2GB of RAM and a 13MP camera, this is one handset that, on paper at least, offers plenty to get excited about.

But one aspect of the device’s specs won’t be the same everywhere. At launch, Samsung touted its eight-core Exynos 5 processor, featuring four Cortex-A15 and four Cortex-A7 cores, with automatic switching between them, depending on the performance requirements of the tasks being carried out on the handset.

But since confirming last week that the variant of the S4 headed to the United States will be getting Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 600 quad-core processor rather than the octa-core Exynos 5, Android Central has now received confirmation from Samsung that the UK version of the handset will also feature the quad-core Snapdragon. In a statement, Samsung said:

Samsung Galaxy S4 is equipped with a 1.9GHz Quad-core AP or a 1.6GHz Octa-core AP. The selection of AP varies by markets. In the UK the Galaxy S4 will be available as a 4G device with a 1.9GHz Quad Core Processor.”

It’s not yet clear which other markets will see the Snapdragon 600 rather than the Exynos 5, but given that the Qualcomm chip is one of the fastest available – and will also ship on the new HTC One, eventually – the S4 will still pack a hell of a punch either way. 

Source: Android Central - US confirmation / UK confirmation | Image via Samsung

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I'm not into the gimmicks as much so I'll be slapping a premium light duty case on it, matte screen protector and a fresh copy of Cyanogenmod 10.1 when it comes out.

psionicinversion said,
But ppl cant say they have an 8 core phone (even though it uses 4 at a time).
Why not? It's still 8 cores. What you said is like saying, well a person with 10 fingers can only count 8 because the other 2 are not fingers but thumbs. Come on man!

So is this Samsungs Galaxy S3s? Sort of like how Apple does the 3Gs, 4s, ECT? Anything worth while to commit to a two year contract?

This is the type of response you get from someone who thinks they know something, yet really knows nothing of what they are talking about.
The S4 has higher res display with a bigger display sized screen, better camera, IR Sensor, More faster processors, gimmicky yet neat features such as "hover over", bigger battery, stronger gorilla glass, and some other features that the S3 doesn't have and would make upgrading even from an S3 a worthwhile option.

I also hear that android ever doesn't utilize quad core let alone octa core.... so makes no difference really

Som said,
I also hear that android ever doesn't utilize quad core let alone octa core.... so makes no difference really

From reading above, it sounds like it is quad core, it's got 2 set of processors, one much faster and using more power than the other set, so it will by default use the least number of less powerful processors but if an application needs it, switch to the higher performance CPUs.

I'll clear it up - basically, the octacore processor in the Exynos 5 has 8 processors, four A15s and four A7s. However, due to the architecture only 4 processors can be used at once, although these can be shuffled around as you please - for example, two A15s and two A7s, 3 A15s 1 A7, 0 A15s 4 A7s etc etc. The Snapdragon 600 basically has 4 Krait Cores, which are similar in architecture to the Cortex A15s but fall slightly short off the mark in terms of horsepower versus the A15s.

So because you don't want the Snapdragon 600 S4, you're going to go to the HTC One with the Snapdragon 600? Good trade off. I hear the Snapdragon 600 is way more powerful than the Snapdragon 600!

No, it's not that, although I was going for the One anyway, the Octa core processor made up for the fact of the plastic. If Samsung went with a better design with better materials, then Samsung would be my choice.

Trihawk7 said,
No, it's not that, although I was going for the One anyway, the Octa core processor made up for the fact of the plastic. If Samsung went with a better design with better materials, then Samsung would be my choice.

The 8 core Samsung Exynos SoC only ever uses 4 cores anyway. So it's the same as any other quadcore SoC when it comes to performance. Most of the time it uses the four low power A7 cores, which are actually slower than the four A9 cores in the international Galaxy S3 (so you may end up with typical Android UI lag).

The remaining four faster A15 cores in the Exynos SoC only power up for games and other demanding tasks. Even then these four A15 cores are no faster than the four Snapdragon 600 cores in the UK/US versions, which are also clocked higher (they may be slightly slower than the A15's at same clock speeds, but the increased clock speeds makes up for this).

The S4 will still be faster than the HTC One as it's Snapdragon 600 SoC is clocked at 1.9GHz vs 1.7GHz in the HTC One. But yeah the HTC One definitely has better build quality plus better low light performance camera.

Edited by W32.Backdoor.KillAV.E, Mar 22 2013, 10:40am :

John Eames said,
So because you don't want the Snapdragon 600 S4, you're going to go to the HTC One with the Snapdragon 600? Good trade off. I hear the Snapdragon 600 is way more powerful than the Snapdragon 600!
Benchmarks who the S4 was faster even with the same CPU and GPU combo, It was clocked only slightly faster...but its nearly identical hardware. Maybe Touchwiz is less bloat vs Sense.

Just because it's "metal" doesn't make it better than plastics. You should really research the pro's and con's of the materials, and not just base your opinion on "what feels stronger". There is a reason plastics are used on many phones.
Aluminium scratches easier, gets hotter quicker and stays hotter longer, fades as the coating wears off, makes cell signal harder for your phone to get, and basically makes it impossible for wireless charging ( when that comes abundant ). Plastics are more durable, more scratch and impact resistant, don't fade as worse as metal coatings, allow for the cell signal to be picked up easier, the phone to not get as hot and stay as hot, and many other things.
Wish people would get this image of plastic=cheap/crap out of their head.

Learn something new everyday... This was it for me! Thanks!

Always funny to me how some people harp on construction quality then put a plastic case on their phone...?

There are no indications that a non-4G version will be sold in the UK. This would be much like the Nokia Lumia 820 and 920, for example, which are sold in 4G-compatible versions even on networks that don't yet offer 4G service.