For yet another iteration of the Galaxy line, US buyers won’t get a chance to experience Samsung’s in-house Exynos chipset. For the Galaxy S4, this means a quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor as opposed to Samsung’s Exynos 5 Octa, which packs eight cores of power. But the US won’t be the only region to receive the slightly modified version of the GS4.
Another North American locale, Canada, as well as Sweden are poised to see the Samsung Galaxy S4 with Snapdragon 600 guts. The confirmation comes by way of European carrier Tele2. This means four Krait 300 cores and Adreno 320 graphics as opposed to the latest generation Exynos platform’s combination of Cortex-A15 and Cortex-A7 CPUs with PowerVR SGX544MP3 graphics.
While those residing in a region destined to receive a Snapdragon 600 device might be feeling a bit snubbed, early benchmark reports show that the non-Exynos version of the Galaxy S4 is no slouch. When compared to the Sony Xperia Z and HTC One, devices using the same processor, the Samsung flagship puts up some of the best numbers.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 is expected to start rolling out globally toward the end of next month. Specific release details for carriers in North America have not been announced yet.