Samsung Galaxy S4: octa-core vs. quad-core

The Samsung Galaxy S4 will be available to Australians on Saturday, 27 April, and as we’ve noted many times before, it’s the quad-core
Snapdragon 600 version, as opposed to the Exynos
5 “octa-core”. It’s the same model that the US, the UK and much of
Europe is getting, along with Singapore. CNET Australia asked Samsung for a confirmation on exactly which versions went to which countries,
but it declined to do so, so we’ve puzzled together a
bit of list with assistance from SamMobile. Firstly, it’s worth noting that there are actually three
versions of the Galaxy S4. There’s the GT-I9500, which has the Samsung
Exynos 5 Octa running at 1.6GHz, but no LTE/4G
modem. There’s the GT-I9505 (the model in Australia), which
has the Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 running at
1.9GHz and an LTE/4G modem. Then there’s the SHV-E300S, which has the Exynos
5 running at 1.8GHz and also an LTE/4G modem.
This final model, it seems, is only available in South
Korea. So working from SamMobile’s list, the countries that
only have the GT-I9505 quad-core available are:
Australia, Austria, Baltic States, Belgium/Luxemburg,
Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech
Republic, Greece, Macedonia, Nordic Countries,
Portugal, Romania, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, the Netherlands, the United
Kingdom, and the United States. Everywhere else is either getting the GT-I9500 or
both varieties, except for South Korea, as we said
earlier. We stress again that this is not a perfect or
absolute list. So what’s
difference? SamMobile benchmarked the GT-I9500 using the AnTuTu benchmarking app. It scored 28,018. We tested our
review unit, the GT-I9505, using the same app and
got 24,612. For reference, we tried the HTC One as
well — 24,261. Based on these results, it’s not unreasonable to
think that the SHV-E300S might head out past
30,000. JK Shin, co-CEO of Samsung, told our US CNET colleagues that the general public probably wouldn’t notice or care about the differences between the two
processors. He also stated that the difference in
models was mostly due to supply — Samsung
would not be able to meet demand if it relied purely
on its own chip production facilities. This would seem to suggest that Exynos models
might well make their way into more countries down
the line, but for Australian — who will soon have three different 4G networks to choose from in some areas — the more interesting model would be the
SVH-E300S. So is speed boost on the Exynos model actually
worth it? It’s probably correct that the general user
won’t notice the difference — they’re both blindingly
fast phones. But the big.LITTLE architecture from ARM that the Exynos chip uses has one big
advantage: it’s far more power efficient. And like any
smartphone these days, users definitely notice when
the battery is improved.
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