Samsung during the Galaxy S4 announcement confirmed that the phone will be released in two variants – one powered by its own Exynos 5410 octa-core processor and another with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 600. Now according to Korean site ETNews, up to 70 percent of the Galaxy S4’s 10m production batch will be powered by Qualcomm’s chip and not Samsung’s.
The reason claimed by the site is that the System LSI division could not iron out the performance and design issues before it could be mass produced to satisfy the demand for Galaxy S4. Also, add to the fact that Samsung wants to bring the Galaxy S4 to as many markets as possible by the end of first half of this year and waiting for the Exynos chip could have led to delay in some markets.
Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 600 is a quad-core chip that clocks at 1.9GHz whereas Samsung’s Exynos 5410 comes with four Cortex-A15 cores clocking at 1.6GHz and four Cortex-A7 1.2GHz cores and supports ARM’s big.LITTLE architecture.
Samsung expects to start mass production of the Exynos 5 Octa sometime in Q2 of this year.