Korean news outlet ETNews is reporting that Samsung has struggled to produce sufficient numbers of its own next-generation CPU, the Exynos 5.
The result is that an estimated 70 per cent of the first batch of Samsung Galaxy S4 handsets to be produced will omit the Exynos 5 CPU. Rather, the vast majority will run on Qualcomm's Snapdragon 600 CPU.
Apparently, Samsung's LSI division has been unable to correct certain production issues for the eight-core chip in time for the Samsung Galaxy S4's April release.
Just a couple of weeks ago, Samsung announced that it was set to enter mass production of the Exynos 5 CPU in Q2 of 2013 - which is clearly too late for the phone's late April launch window.
Samsung Galaxy S4 with Snapdragon 600
The Snapdragon 600 CPU was initially intended to make its way into Samsung Galaxy S4 handsets in the US and 4G UK variants, with the global version of the phone containing Samsung's powerful new chip. However, it seems many more regions will now receive the alternative chip.
Of course, the Snapdragon 600 CPU is a highly capable piece of kit. It's good enough for the excellent HTC One, after all. But early benchmark reports of the Exynos 5 chip have hinted at a truly industry-leading piece of silicon.
Of course, only a small minority of Samsung Galaxy S4 owners will notice or care about the difference, and general operation should be identical across the two set-ups - although the Octa 5's ability to switch to an all-new super-efficient quad-core mode might be missed when it comes to the Galaxy S4's advanced software features.
Also, any kind of technical hiccup in a high-end smartphone is likely to draw a wider negative response than usual - especially when Samsung as a company is so aggressive in taking pot shots at the perceived failings of its opposition.
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Via: Unwired View