Australians to get quad-core Galaxy S4 instead of ‘eight-core’ – all because of LTE

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So, remember when we said the Galaxy S4 is an eight-core phone? Well, that is not coming to Australia. Samsung Australia has confirmed that customers will be getting the quad-core variant with a Snapdragon processor, instead of its own eight-core Exynos processor. All because the Exynos variant does not support LTE.

After being revealed by a US blog SAMMobile, Samsung Australia confirmed reports with a statement:

Samsung Australia is today confirming that the Samsung GALAXY S4 will be available in Australia with the quad-core 1.9 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon Series 600 processor and 4G LTE compatibility.

Globally, the majority of GS4 LTE versions will come with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon while 3G versions will be equipped with Samsung Exynos.

The LTE models (dubbed GT-I9505) will feature a 1.9GHz Snapdragon 600 processor, while the 3G models (GT-I9500) will run on a 1.6GHz Exynos processor. The Exynos also features a unique design where it is run by two quad-core processors (hence the eight cores) – one designed to handle resource-intensive tasks like games, and the other to handle simple applications like mail and calendar.

However, like I said before – no LTE support.

It’s also interesting to note that some LTE countries will give customers a choice between the two variants – like the UK. It’s probably because the carriers are heavily pushing 4G as opposed of giving users the choice to remain on the 3G network. However, if you wish to experience the wonders of an eight-core Galaxy S4, you can probably find some on eBay after launch.

Source: PC World