Wednesday, March 13, 2013

U.S. Galaxy S IV buyers to miss out on eight-core processor

Samsung's Galaxy S IV, its next flagship device, is scheduled for introduction on Thursday. That being said, on Wednesday cold water was splashed in the faces of U.S. buyers: The U.S. version of the device will not sport the Exynos 5 Octa eight-core processor that it was expected the device would carry.

U.S. buyers will be relegated to quad-core Snapdragon 600 processors; other versions will ship with Samsung’s own Exynos 5 Octa CPU. Why is there a difference? It's the same reason that the U.S. version of the Galaxy S III only received a Qualcomm dual-core processor while the rest of the world -- except for other LTE regions -- had a quad-core Exynos 4 Quad processor.

The Qualcomm processor ships with an integrated LTE modem, which reduces cost, and power draw, too.

One other thing was negated on Wednesday, too. The "eye-scrolling" technology that was said to be coming to the Galaxy S IV is not, after all, at least not at launch.

Instead, sources familiar with the situation said that will be more simplified uses of eye-tracking technology, such as the ability to pause videos when the user’s eyes move away from the screen, something also rumored. The eye scrolling feature, they said, may appear in future versions of the phone. It was unclear if that meant via a ROM update, later in the life cycle of the GS4, or in the GS5.

Rumored specifications for the Galaxy S IV are as follows:
  • An eight-core Samsung Exynos 5 Octa processor or quad-core Qualcomm 600 processor
  • A separate eight-core GPU
  • 2 GB of RAM
  • A 4.99-inch (why can't they just call it 5-inch?) SuperAMOLED display
  • A 13-megapixel rear-facing camera with 1080p video capability
  • A 2-megapixel front-facing camera
  • Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)
  • TouchWiz (not everything is a positive)
Google is expected to show off Android 5.0, Key Lime Pie, at Google I/O in mid-May, but the GS4, due to its projected announcement and release dates, will have to play catch up.

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