Samsung’s latest Exynos 5 Octa supports all 20 global LTE bands, but the “8-core” Galaxy S IV variant will only come to selected markets.
Much like Samsung’s prior Galaxy S III device, there will be two variants, one sporting the South Korean’s in-house Exynos chip, and the other a Qualcomm-driven model. LTE compatibility issues were one of the reasons why North America and some other markets didn’t get their taste of Exynos in the last Galaxy S handset.
However, now that Samsung has confirmed its latest Exynos 5 Octa does support LTE here stateside, why can’t people in the U.S. choose which variant they want? One reason could be Samsung might not have the production capacity to supply enough Exynos chips, and so Qualcomm becomes the benefactor as they, too, produce quality processors for mobile devices.
There’s nothing wrong with the Snapdragon 600, and until proven otherwise, it is probably on par with the Exynos Octa. Still, wouldn’t be nice if everyone was able to decide for themselves which chip they preferred, and not just the color?