About a week ago, rumours came out suggesting the Galaxy S4 would not in fact make use of the Exynos 5 OCTA processor as was expected for lack of native 4G-LTE support. The CPU requires an extra module to be installed in order to enable this feature, making it a costly choice when you consider making millions of units of the thing. Naturally, Samsung turned to the Snapdragon 600 made by Qualcomm that the HTC One, the S4′s biggest expected Android competitor this year, is equipped with. This CPU proved not only worthy of competing head to head with the Exynos 5 OCTA performance-wise, but provides native $g-LTE support.
It’s quite possible then, that Samsung make two different models of the phone: one sporting the Exynos CPU in Europe, where 4G is slowly spreading out but has not yet reached mass appeal, and another sporting the Snapdragon for North America, where the technology is widely used in some major cities.
There is also a possibility that the European release would be split over two phases, akin to what Samsung did with the Galaxy S3. The first phase would see the release of an S4 without 4G support, equipped with the Exynos chip, and the second phase would see the release of a second S4 equipped this time with the extra module or see the Exynos replaced with a Snapdragon 600 CPU altogether.
In Europe, 4G, though it’s slowly starting to deploy everywhere, is still reserved to the most expensive data plans, and the average consumer is perfectly satisfied with 3G+. We’ll keep an eye on 4G support in Europe, as we’re hoping for our fellow smartphone enthusiasts there that Samsung releases a compatible version right off the bat.
4G in Europe is (for now at least) mostly reserved to the priciest data contracts, and most people are still completely satisfied with 3G+. We certainly hope, for the sake of smartphone enthusiasts all over Europe, that Samsung releases a 4G version of the handset, so we’ll keep an eye on the news accross the Pond.