Rumor: Samsung GALAXY S IV to Switch to Qualcomm Snapdragon 600
The top-of-the-line GALAXY S IV has been rumored to be be equipped with a 1.8GHz 8-core Exynos 5 Octa processor and a 4.99-inch 1080p full HD display. Having been reliant on its own Exynos processors for its smartphones in the recent years, it's quite shocking to hear the latest updates with regards to Samsung's choice of chipset for the S IV - the company has been now rumored to choose to rely on a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor for its upcoming GALAXY phone. With the new eight-core Exynos 5 Octa processor announced at the recent CES, it was only natural to conclude that the S IV will be relying on that instead.
However, a new report by Digital Times has stated otherwise - since the "Exynos 5 Octa and other ARM Cortex-A15 Exynos chips are experiencing power consumption issues and temperature problems", Samsung might be forced to rely on Qualcomm's Snapdragon chipset instead.
BGR - "The company previously used a Snapdragon S4 processor in select GALAXY S III models and recent benchmarks pointed towards a Qualcomm CPU in the GALAXY S IV. The flagship smartphone will reportedly be equipped with a quad-core Snapdragon 600 chipset, the same processor found in the newly announced HTC One."
If these rumors ring true, the GALAXY S IV will be the third device thus far fitted with the Qualcomm quad-core Snapdragon 600 chipset, right after the the refreshed 5.5-inch LG Optimus G and earlier-mentioned HTC One. The Android smartphone is also believed to feature a 13-megapixel rear camera, 2GB of RAM, 4G LTE connectivity, and wireless charging capabilities.
Either way, we should know very soon - Multiple sources have earlier confirmed that Samsung will be taking the wraps off the GALAXY S IV on March 14 in New York City.
Source: Digital Times (Korean) via BGR