Most of the rumours surrounding the Galaxy S IV have concentrated on Samsung using its new Exynos 5 Octa processor for its new flagship phone. After all, an eight-core chip makes for a great headline, and in these days of bigger numbers helping to sell phones, it’s one Samsung would surely love to put on the S IV’s box.
However, a new rumour from a Korean source suggests Samsung has chosen to use a Qualcomm processor for its new phone instead. It’s said to be one of the new Snapdragon 600 chips, which were announced during CES 2013 and feature in the new HTC One. Performance is expected to be excellent, and Samsung has previously used Qualcomm processors in the U.S. 4G version of the S III.
So why not the Exynos 5 Octa? It could be for the simple reason it’s not ready yet. While the Snapdragon 600 is a considerable update to the Snapdragon S IV, it’s less complicated than the Samsung Exynos chip, which was also unveiled during CES. Samsung may need a while to perfect it before putting it on sale, however, it’s difficult to imagine the firm would want it to debut in anything but the Galaxy S IV or the Galaxy Note III.
According to PhoneArena, benchmark figures believed to be from the Galaxy S IV have shown the phone to have a chip with a clock speed of 1.9GHz, which just happens to be the Snapdragon 600′s maximum possible output. This takes it one step ahead of the HTC One’s 1.7GHz, plus the LG Optimus G Pro too.
We won’t know for sure which chip will be hidden inside the Galaxy S IV until Samsung shows the phone off, which is currently rumoured to be on 14 March.