Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Samsung Galaxy S4 won't get an 8-core processor in the UK

The Samsung Galaxy S4 won't get an 8-core processor in the UK, with Brits resigned to a quad-core chip instead, Samsung has confirmed.

When Samsung lifted the lid on its new smart phone, it explained that the kind of processor lurking inside the phone would vary by country, with some nations getting a version with Samsung's own-brand 1.6GHz Exynos5 octa-core chip, and others getting a 1.9GHz Qualcomm quad-core chip.

A UK-centric press release from Samsung previous made mention of the octa-core chip, but sadly it seems that's not the case. In a statement sent to Omio Samsung confirmed the bad news -- I've since spoken to Samsung and received the same statement.

"In the UK," Samsung states, "the Galaxy S4 will be available as a 4G device with a 1.9GHz Quad Core Processor."
Cores for concern?

So what exactly are we missing out on? As my colleague Andrew Hoyle explains in this handy-dandy article, while the Exynos5 octa-core chip has eight cores, you wouldn't be using all of them at once -- instead there are two four-core chips that handle processing.

There are no apps or services out there so far that have really taxed the S3's quad-core processor to its limits, so I suspect the quad-core chip the UK gets stuck with will still prove very speedy.

It is galling not to get the exotic-sounding eight-core chip though, and it'll be very interesting to see which processor is better at handling battery life.

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