Article by: Kevin Go, Posted on Feb 23, 2013, SATURDAY, 12:40 A.M.
The much-anticipated Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 system-on-a-chip won’t be seeing the light of day until June of this year which means the successor to Samsung’s most popular Android handset to date, the Galaxy S4 [which will purportedly launch on the 15th of May] will be featuring a Snapdragon 600 processor or lower instead of the famed Exynos 5450 or the eight-core ‘Octa’ as stated by Gus Richard of Piper Jaffray companies. Disappointed? We are too but these claims are still unfounded so there’s still hope.
Here’s Richard’s statement regarding Samsung’s sudden shift to plan B:
“We believe Samsung’s Galaxy S4 has slipped and the Galaxy S3 has been in production a quarter longer than expected. We believe the S4 is being delayed primarily due to power issues with the company’s eight-core Exynos Octa […] we believe the company is likely to shift more to external sources. We believe QCOM will pick up more of Samsung’s S4 business.”
The consumers are now accustomed to seeing a flagship Galaxy device with powerful Exynos chips since the days of the Galaxy S2, instead of launching the Galaxy S4 ‘prematurely’ with a Qualcomm processor, why not just wait a couple more months until problems with Samsung’s latest SoC are resolved?
It is possible that the Galaxy S4 will launch with a quad-core Exynos 5 chip instead of the Octa if ever the aforementioned issues are not resolved on time, also, if speculations regarding Samsung’s plans on using Qualcomm chips in its upcoming flagship turn out to be false in a couple of weeks, then don’t be surprised if the Exynos 5450 is what you’ll be seeing underneath the Galaxy S4′s plastic [or hopefully] metal ‘hood’.
Previous rumors have stated that the Galaxy Note 3 is most likely the first recipient of the ultra-powerful and energy-efficient Exynos 5 Octa, interestingly, as pointed out by Android Authority, rumors surrounding the Galaxy S4 and the aforementioned eight-core chip are pretty hazy.
It’s not always good to rely on analysts’ speculation, their jobs are to predict and ‘analyze’ the outcome of things but those are severely limited to what the companies are letting them see or by the clues they leave behind, March 15 is just a couple of weeks away, a few more days and we’re pretty sure more leaks are going to come out. Better yet, let’s just keep munching on rumors and leaks while waiting for the grand ‘finale’ — just for the fun of it.
Source: Android Authority.
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