Mar 15 AT 4:04 PM Taylor Wimberly 11 Comments

Qualcomm confirms their Snapdragon 600 will power some Galaxy S 4s


When Samsung announced their Galaxy S 4 device last night, they revealed that some versions would ship with their 1.6 GHz Exynos 5 Octa chip and others would include a quad-core 1.9 GHz Qualcomm chip. There was some initial confusion over which Qualcomm processor would be used, but the company confirmed it’s their new Snapdragon 600 chip.

The Snapdragon 600 is the same chip that is also found in the new HTC One and LG Optimus G Pro. We haven’t seen a full set of benchmarks to compare the Exynos 5 Octa and the Snapdragon 600, but we believe they will offer a similar level of performance.

Highlights of the Snapdragon 600 include:

  • Quad-core 1.9Ghz Krait CPU for fast, efficient asynchronous processing
  • LTE Cat 3 network support
  • Hexagon QDSP6 for ultra-low power audio playback and video enhancements
  • Speed enhanced Adreno 320 GPU for high-end 3D graphics and compute processing
  • 1080p HD video capture and playback
  • HD multichannel sound with DTS-HD and Dolby Digital Plus audio
  • OpenGL ES 3.0 conformant

Samsung has yet to confirm which processor will appear in the US versions of the Galaxy S 4, but it is widely believed that they will use the Snapdragon 600. The Galaxy S III also featured a Snapdragon chip, so this shouldn’t come as a huge surprise.

Source: Qualcomm Blog

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  • Arthur

    The next-gen Snapdragon CPU’s are going to be pretty much standard in all mid to high end devices for most of this year. The 800 coming in the second half of this year will prove to be one of the benchmarks aside from the Exynos 5 Octa-core CPU.

    I would love to get my hands on the LG Optimus G Pro. I can easily say I like the latest LG offerings more so than Samsung. LG uses full RGB LCD’s, like in the N4 and the Optimus G/G Pro and the G Pro looks to be a better offering than the Note II in every way.

    • Taylor Wimberly

      Ditto on the LG. Can’t wait to see the Optimus G Pro come to the US.

      • Arthur

        Good reviews of the G Pro are still hard to come by unfortunately since the device is currently only available in South Korea but from all the hands-on footage I have seen of it, seems like a great device with a huge battery (one of the largest ever put into a smartphone) and LG is one of the leaders in display technology currently also their software enhancements don’t seem as gimmicky as what we have seen in the S4.

  • redraider133

    The 600 is no slouch itself. Gonna see these being standard like the s4 chip was last year

  • CTown

    Is it odd that I like the Qulacomm and Snapdragon more than the OEMs themselves?

    Android started on a Qualcomm chipped, the bar was raised by the release of the original Snapdragon (and Nexus One). It doesn’t seem like Qualcomm has been taking a break since, constantly improving their platform; and even made it easier for consumers to understand the differences between them. Not only that, the Snapdragon has drivers and documentation already available.

  • S5

    Karbonn Titanium S5 unleashes it’s quad-core beast fro just above $200!

  • donger

    Samsung not use their own chip? Haha, let’s see which version will have more problems.

    • TruFactz

      Let’s review Exynos 4, didn’t it have a security exploit????

  • Nathan D.

    I would like to see the Samsung chips in the USA, I thought by now they would have solve the issue, I guess not.

  • TruFactz

    I favor the Qualcomm chips, but i really do want to see how this “big.LITTLE” architecture Exynos 5 has plays out. I want to see how it performs against Snapdragon 600 and the older Exynos family. I also wonder if you get the phone rooted what the benefits would be when it come to the processor. Will you be able to combine the 1.8Ghz and 1.2Ghz processors and pull out a full 3Ghz???????

  • Jehu

    I don’t see the point of the 8 processors when only 4 work at any given time. You can cycle power down on the Snapdragons or have the single extra core that Tegra has if you’re really serious about saving power. The Octa processors are a marketing move, and nothing else. Why do they not support LTE? Samsung has to know LTE is the future. You’d think they would focus on faster data over pointless extra cores.