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Fastest Samsung Galaxy S4 Won’t Arrive in the U.S.



The best Samsung Galaxy S4 model may never make it to the majority of users thanks to Samsung’s decision to use the Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor in the majority of the Samsung Galaxy S4 models sold.

A new report compares the power of the three Samsung Galaxy S4 variants and finds that the Samsung Exynos Octa 5 powered device delivers a nearly 20% boost in power and the upcoming Korean Samsung Galaxy S4 may deliver nearly 30% more power than the Snapdragon powered Galaxy S4 on the way to the U.S. thanks to a 1.8GHz Exynos Octa 5 processor.

The best Samsung Galaxy S4 model won't make it to the U.S.

The best Samsung Galaxy S4 model won’t make it to the U.S.

Samsung announced multiple versions of the Samsung Galaxy S4, and early reports indicate nearly 70% of the first shipment — including all the U.S. versions — will use the Snapdragon 600 processor. This is a very capable processor, and already found inside the HTC One, but users who are able to buy the international version with an Exynos processor could see better performance while using processor intense apps and better battery life.

SamMobile reports that an insider shared a Samsung Galaxy S4 benchmark from the International version of the Galaxy S4, the GT-I9500 which clocks in at 28,018. The Samsung Galaxy S4 benchmarks from the Snapdragon (GT-I9505) powered device are a respectable 23,607 according to GSM Arena.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Exynos benchmark.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Exynos benchmark.

The HTC One delivers a similar 23,488 benchmark with AnTuTu. The slight difference is likely due to the lower clock speed on the HTC One.

Read: Samsung Galaxy S4 – 5 Things to Know

The SamMobile report claims the Samsung Galaxy S4 (SHV-E300S) that is destined for Korea will include an even faster Exynos Octa 5 processor clocked at 1.8GHz, compared to 1.6GHz on the international version. While there are no benchmarks for this new model, we may see a score above 30,000.

To the average user, performance difference is negligible for day-to-day use, but power users may long for a faster processor while using resource heavy apps.

The biggest gain may be in the form of battery life. Samsung claims the Exynos Octa 5 processor uses 70% less power than a standard quad-core A15 processor.

The Samsung Galaxy S4 features a removable battery, and early tests of the Snapdragon powered model are promising, but mobile users can never get enough battery life.

The video below offers an overview of the bigLITTLE technology in the Exynos Octa 5 processor.

At this point there will be no Samsung Galaxy S4 with an Exynos Octa 5 processor in the U.S., but we may see Exynos Octa 5 power arrive with the rumored Samsung Galaxy Note 3.

Read: Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Release Date, Specs, News and Rumors

In March Samsung confirmed that the Exynos Octa 5 processor supports 20 bands of LTE. The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is rumored for a fall release, which could give Samsung enough time to catch up with supply of the Exynos Octa 5 processor, which may lead to a U.S. Galaxy Note 3 with Exynos inside.



  1. Alfred E Newman

    04/10/2013 at 2:18 pm

    According to Samsung they have already released the S4 to Verizon last month. So whatever the processor its there.

  2. Varrick Santos

    04/10/2013 at 8:29 pm

    How come Samsung will not have Octa on US version?
    Does S4 Octa version crossed the line against US company Apple, again?
    I’m due for an upgrade (smartphone). I waited for S4 since it was rumored to have an Octa. Quad on US version?!!! I may swith to iphone 5S or 6 (whatever they name it). I even convinced some of my friends and family about this.

    P.S. Samsung, isn’t “4” a bad luck for you Koreans. Releasing S4 on the 4th month of the year with 4 cores. Seriously?
    S4 should have Octa instead of 4!!!

    • jay

      04/13/2013 at 7:40 am

      Dumb comment

      • Christian

        04/13/2013 at 5:43 pm

        Not not really, it is a Korean superstition that 4 is a number of bad luck. It goes so far to the fact to the fact that the fourth floor in buildings is usually named “F” instead of 4. I also agree with him about the quad core too. So actually your comment was the “Dumb comment.”

        • jacey

          04/23/2013 at 10:51 am

          ignorant comments = dumb comments

    • Robert

      04/14/2013 at 1:08 pm

      The octa might not be shipping in the u.s, because they didn’t have enough octas to meet the huge demand, so they fell back on the 600 so they could get the galaxy s4 out ASAP with no delays whatsoever. Had they announced all regions with the octa, there is a possibility you’d have to wait long(like the note 2 all receiving exynos 4 quads in every region, it took more time to get to u.s shores)and Samsung would want to release the s4 quickly so the HTC one doesn’t attract other peoples attention more since it’s out first. And if you’re arguing heavily over processor cores, only 4 run at once at the most. One low powered cortex a7 quad unit and one higher performance cortex a15 quad unit. Also if you are upset with 4 cores, then don’t hold your breath with the iPhone 5s/6. I doubt they will use a octa core and maybe, possibly will use a quad core. More Cores don’t always negate to better performance or battery life. The snapdragon 600 should surely be suffice, unless you are an EXTREMe power user.I don’t think you should be very upset about the processor, as both are extraordinarily fast.

  3. Josh wilde

    04/16/2013 at 7:54 am

    The same thing happens every year, The lower model comes out first with the lower speeds, for radio and processor, then the higher model comes to north america later when the hype dies down and they want to bring sales up.

  4. Armus (@armus75)

    04/30/2013 at 9:53 pm

    im upset as the US is limited to 16gb of storage (only 9 actually usable) where is the 32gb version we were promised?

    • Christan

      05/01/2013 at 6:43 pm

      Why? There is a micro-sd card slot and cloud storage. It is actually a rip to pay an extra $100 when you could get even more storage for half of that!

      • James (@Tacjam)

        05/03/2013 at 10:32 pm

        Since jellybean apps can’t be stored on SDcards..only 8gb of space is left on this cheap U.S. version, put a few games you’re done!

  5. James (@Tacjam)

    05/03/2013 at 10:29 pm

    I’m not buying the cheap version of the S4! Samsung can kiss my @ss for fcuking the U.S. market TWICE!

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