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Samsung Galaxy S4 Lacking Exynos 5 Octa in UK



The Samsung Galaxy S4 won’t be hitting the United States with Samsung’s new Exynos 5 Octa quad-core processor and now, it appears, that the United Kingdom will join it as Samsung has confirmed that the UK Galaxy S4 will be coming with a Qualcomm processor instead.

Last week, Samsung announced the Samsung Galaxy S4 after months of rumors and leaks. All along, the rumors pointed to Samsung equipping the device with some powerful hardware and as expected the official version of the Galaxy S4 arrived with a host of big time hardware. One of those features is a quad-core processor, up from the dual-core processor on the Galaxy S3. However, as we have seen, the company will be using two different processors in its device, something that has already been a source for controversy.

The Galaxy S4 will come with the Qualcomm 600 in the United Kingdom.

The Galaxy S4 will come with the Qualcomm 600 in the United Kingdom.

Pocket-lint claims that at the press event last week, Samsung told it that the UK model would feature the Exynos 5 Octa processor, Samsung’s new octo-core processor that was introduced at CES 2013. It appears that Samsung’s own press release for the Galaxy S4 in the UK also claimed that the Galaxy S4 would feature Samsung’s new processor.

It appears however that that information was wrong and that the Samsung Galaxy S4 in the United Kingdom will instead feature the Galaxy S4’s other processor, the 1.9GHz Snapdragon 600 quad-core processor from Qualcomm.

That sentiment has been confirmed by Samsung who says that the UK model will be coming with the 1.9GHz quad-core processor instead. The Exynos 5 Octa is clock at 1.6GHz. While this might be a bit of a let down for some, it shouldn’t matter too much. Both devices are extremely powerful and should offer not only performance improvements but battery life improvements as well.

While some may be feeling cheated, Samsung’s website explicitly says that:

All functionality, features, specifications and other product information provided in this document including, but not limited to, the benefits, design, pricing, components, performance, availability, and capabilities of the product are subject to change without notice or obligation.

So it appears that the company either decided to change the processor at the last minute or the information that went out to press outlets in the United Kingdom was bad.

The Samsung Galaxy S4 is expected to arrive in the United Kingdom at the end of April, with April 25th and April 26th being pegged as release dates for the popular device.

In addition to the quad-core processor, the Galaxy S4 will also feature a 5-inch 1080p display, 13MP camera, thin design standing at 7.9mm, and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean with the addition of Samsung’s new powerful TouchWiz features.



  1. Jim Wilkinson

    03/20/2013 at 10:49 am

    I really wanted the exynos 5 octa and feel really cheated!
    And get your facts straight, the S3 is not dual core, it’s quad.

  2. Vic

    03/20/2013 at 11:20 am

    s3 in United States is dual core.But I agree why shouldn’t we get the October core in U.S?

  3. Vic

    03/20/2013 at 11:22 am

    Sorry. I meant Octa core.

    • RatuKamina

      03/20/2013 at 6:50 pm

      Octa Core doesn’t have built in LTE chip I guess and rumors of overheating as well. I personally think they should have gone with the Snapdragon 800 processor to gain advantage spec wise over HTC one however I don’t know full details and availability of that processor at the time of GS4 design. Pentile 1080P display on GS4 is not great either reminds me of my old Galaxy Nexus :-\

  4. Riley

    03/20/2013 at 12:33 pm

    Well it’s cool that the UK will be getting the eight-core processor. Even though the quad core is still plenty powerful, it’d be nice to have the best as well. Either way, I am still looking forward to upgrading to the S4 when it arrives in the US. It usually takes a while to get to work at DISH on the train, so I like to stream my live and recorded shows to my phone. I stream my shows from my DVR everywhere I go using the DISH Anywhere app on my phone, and I think I’d enjoy a higher resolution display.

    • Jim Wilkinson

      03/20/2013 at 1:00 pm

      We’ve just been told here in the UK we’re not getting octa either!!!

  5. Ohjimmy

    03/20/2013 at 3:22 pm

    i was about to get the S4…and mainly because of the octa core…but now it really let me down…so im gonna go for Nexus 5 or HTC ONE

  6. Jinny Rhymes

    03/20/2013 at 3:27 pm

    i used to be a die hard ios fan but then switched over to the galaxy s3 because of the size of the screen and more importantly the wifi features that i was able to ‘hack.’ At the end of the day, i think the S4 will be greater than everything else in the market until the next generation galaxy. SideWithme approved a debate i submitted and would love your input! thanks!

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