Samsung Exynos 5 Octa Silicon Supports 20 LTE Bands – Do we need Snapdragon version?
Sometimes there are some technical reasons for why different version of the same smartphone runs on different SoC’s. Mostly that has to do with wireless connectivity, and especially with the rise of LTE and its different standards/bands over the past few years, that could mean that LTE-supporting devices had to be put together with alternate chipsets. The same case goes with the Galaxy S 4 and the Exynos 5 Octa, since the LTE version of the phone, model GT-I9505, runs a Snapdragon 600 SoC. As Samsung has now confirmed, the Exynos 5 Octa (which is in GT-I9500 model) has significant LTE support, revealing that other factors are responsible for the decision.
That tweet leaves the question of just why we’re not all going to see the Exynos 5 in our Galaxy S4 Smartphones if it can handle the same as S600 ?. The most likely answer seems to be tied to shortages of the chip, and Samsung wanting to take some of the pressure off its fabrication demands, or as the Piper Jaffray analyst Gus Richard says, the Exynos 5 have a issues with power management, which may lead into battery drains.
“We believe Samsung’s Galaxy S4 has slipped and the Galaxy S3 has been in production a quarter longer than expected,” writes Richard. “We believe the S4 is being delayed primarily due to power issues with the company’s eight-core Exynos Octa […] we believe the company is likely to shift more to external sources. We believe QCOM will pick up more of Samsung’s S4 business.” – Gus Richard / Piper Jeffray Analyst