For the past week, everyone’s still wondering which variant of the Galaxy S4 Samsung is going to release in the Philippines. Recent developments indicate that it will actually be both the Snapdragon 600 and the Exynos 5 Octa are headed for the country.
The Samsung Exynos 5 Octa comes with a Quad-core 1.6GHz Cortex-A15 that switches to the low-power quad-core 1.2GHz Cortex-A7 for better battery life (it’s not really 8-core but more like a dual 4-core chip). However, this variant does not have LTE but only HSPA+ (alsso referred to as the international version).
To gain LTE support, Samsung had to go for its competitor’s chip — Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 600 which is a quad-core 1.9GHz beast with Adreno 320 Graphics. The 4G LTE frequencies supported are 700MHz, 800MHz, 1700MHz, 1800MHz, 1900MHz, 2600MHz.
The Exynos chip is the GT-i9500 while the Snapdragon chip is the GT-i9505. The demo unit we will able to play with during the launch in New York was the i9505 (see benchmark here).
It is highly probable we will see carrier support for the LTE version from Smart and Globe.