According to a lengthy report from Bloomberg published with just a day left before the phone’s official unveiling, the Samsung Galaxy S4 will ship with at least two variants slated for the international and US markets. The main difference between the two, as was the case with the Galaxy S3, will be the processor. While the international market version of the device will feature Samsung’s latest Exynos 5 Octa platform, US customers will have to settle for a Snapdragon 600 CPU.
The reason for the divergent chipsets seems centered on LTE-connectivity. There are some indications that the Snapdragon 600 version of the phone (GT-i9505) will also launch in other LTE markets outside of the US, including the UK. The Exynos 5 Octa-powered version will likely land in regions favoring HSPA+ connectivity.
While the Snapdragon 600 is no slouch when it comes to processing, potential buyers in the US could feel a bit snubbed. Unfortunately, the Galaxy S4 could be another case of not being able to have one’s cake and eat it, too.