Just when you thought Samsung was done spewing out half a dozen of Galaxy S4 variants, you have another one. Intel’s mobile keynote slide had a device we were
least not-at-all expecting, the Galaxy S4.
So what if Samsung is using an Intel SoC in their newest Galaxy Tab 3, does that warrant for another Galaxy S4 edition using Intel’s Atom chip? Intel’s mobile keynote slide held something that picked everyone’s interest, more than the 9 other devices in the slide.
If you count the numerous Galaxy S4 variants, the Galaxy S4 Mini, Active, (rumored) Mega, Zoom, it is completely plausible for Samsung to add yet another variant. If you count the Google Edition and the possible Intel Edition, you have 6 variants of the Galaxy S4. Add the fact that there are two variants of the flagship S4, one with Exynos 5 Octa and the other with a Snapdragon 600 chipset and you start wondering as to what the company is really trying to do. Flooding the market with products is one thing (that Samsung has achieved), this is more like a tidal wave. It is possible that Samsung was simply waiting for an Intel chip with LTE on-board. If our suspicions are true, this would mark the biggest triumph for Intel with Android devices till date.
The Galaxy S4 is the world’s best-selling smartphone, and an Intel edition would only improve the company’s share in the Android chip supply chain. Perhaps this is exactly what is needed to kick-start community development on Intel-powered Android devices as well. Of course, if all this turns out to be true, the Galaxy S4 Intel Edition will most definitely pack a Saltwell based Intel SoC, dual or quad-core.
We’ll simply have to wait and see how all this plays out. Nevertheless, we can’t deny that we’re very excited.