Just two weeks for the official launch of the Samsung Galaxy S4, still not too clear about what we will meet on 14 March. However, as we get closer to the date, more and more details about the device begin to unfold.


At first it was thought that the year’s most anticipated smartphone would come with a new processor Exynos 5 Octa of 8 cores but then came some versions indicating that the Korean company would favor the processors Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 due to problems in manufacturing their chips. On this day, Rick Hsu, JPMorgan analyst based in Taiwan, said in a note to clients about TSMC (company that makes Qualcomm chipsets) that Samsung expects to offer at least two different versions of the Galaxy S4: one equipped with Exynos 5 Octa processors of eight cores which will be available in the European markets, and another Qualcomm with chips Snapdragon 600 for the U.S. market.

Beyond that it is a highly prestigious source, we should clarify something. The investor note quoted by the Taipei Times, does not mention the sources on which JPMorgan based its predictions. That is, the statement is an expectation rather than a statement based on facts. However, JPMorgan is one of the most reputable firms worldwide so if they publish something, chances are that they have grounds for it.

Samsung adopted the strategy of offering multiple versions of the Galaxy S3 last year (with different models for the U.S. and the rest of the world), so it is likely that the Korean manufacturer continue on the same path although some indicators might indicate otherwise. One question would be, why Sampsung would opt to launch a different version in Europe? It is expected that by 2013, LTE connectivity has its rise in the old continent and reach most countries so it would be logical that the firm deliver LTE for European version of the Galaxy S4. Moreover, Samsung does not need Qualcomm chip to provide LTE. Consider that the Galaxy Note 2 comes with LTE and integrates an Exynos chip.

However, others believe that the existence of two different versions is not due to LTE compatibility issues as happened last year but rather that Samsung is having trouble making the amount of processors Exynos 5 Octa needed for all of their Galaxy S4, so would buy Snapdragon processors to ease the burden. Again it is only speculation as there is no official information about it.

We will probably have more details in the coming days or, in the worst case, on March 14. I will keep you posted with any new developments!

Juan Francisco

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