Further fueling the speculation on Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3 dual-CPU strategy, depending on what market you’re located in, we’re now hearing that the Verizon Wireless version of the phablet may be powered by Qualcomm’s flagship processor. In a leaked benchmark result, posted on Techkiddy, for the Verizon version, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3’s benchmarks were shown with a 2.3 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor with a score of 28,786.
Last week, we had reported that the Note 3 may have shown up in a leaked benchmark with a processor operating at a 1.9 GHz clock speed. Originally believed to be a Snapdragon 800 CPU, the benchmark may have been for Samsung’s internally made Exynos 5429 processor, which bears a slightly higher 33,082 score despite a lower clock speed than the most recent Snapdragon 800 benchmarks posted by AnTuTu.
Samsung had similarly employed a strategy of dualing CPU variants in its current Galaxy S4 flagship smartphone, with U.S. and U.K. variants supporting Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 600 processor while the Galaxy S4 for other markets were loaded with the Exynos 5 octa CPU. Though benchmarked performance may give a slight edge to one processor over another, in reality consumers will not perceive any noticeable differences in performance.
Samsung had stated that its decision to go with different processor choices for the Galaxy S4 was based on supplies–the company was not able to make enough of the Exynos 5 octa CPUs at the time.
Samsung will be announcing a new version of the Exynos 5 octa, so it will be interesting to see what features that processor will bring. One of the key features behind the Snapdragon 800 chipset is that it will be energy efficient while at the same time delivering improved performance and a new always-on voice feature great for voice commands, even when the display is off.