The Galaxy S IV hype is slowly winding down and we're happy to see its back. We already have overhyped Apple launches to deal with and the world could really do without a second Apple. It’s just a phone, take it easy people.
However, there is still some actual news to report, nothing gimmicky. The S IV will feature Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 600 processor “in select regions,” which basically sounds like North America. Speaking of hype, sorry fanboys, it’s not the 800 – it’s not ready yet and it won’t be ready for a couple of months.
Although Samsung talked up the S IV launch, it was rather vague on the CPU side of things. It never said the Snapdragon 600 would be the alternative S IV chip and it still has more light to shed on its new Exynos 5 Octa, which really shouldn’t be called an eight-core processor to begin with.
This puts the Snapdragon 600 in the HTC One and (probably) quite a few versions of the S IV, those aimed at LTE loving markets and carriers.
The Exynos 5 Octa looks like a damn fine piece of silicon, with four frugal A7 cores and pretty powerful graphics. However, much like Nvidia’s Tegra 4, it lacks integrated LTE, which means it is simply not an option in quite a few major markets. Although Samsung likes to talk about the Octa, it is safe to assume that many consumers will have to get Qualcomm powered S IVs instead. Not that there is anything wrong with that, the 600 is a very impressive chip as well.