The Samsung Galaxy S4 may well be experiencing its first bump on the road ahead of next month’s long-waited release date. According to what appears to be largely credible industry chatter, there might not be quite enough Exynos 5 octa-core processors to go around, meaning that the first wave of Galaxy S4 Smartphones could launch with Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processors instead.
And a far as said first wave goes, we could be looking at up to 10 million Galaxy S4s carrying the quad-core chip rather than the octa-core CPU most had been banking on.
You have to wonder therefore whether this could detrimentally impact the initial momentum of the S4, or perhaps lead to a second surge in consumer interest when the Exynos 5 processor is finally brought to the table.
As far as technical details go, it really all boils down to Samsung apparently not being able to produce sufficient yields of the game-changing octa-core chip in time, meaning that schedules have been altered considerably in order to allow for more time. And rather than sending out a rather inconsistent batch of Galaxy S4 units with differing processors, the most logical course of action appears to be that of switching to the Qualcomm quad-core processor in the meantime.
For the vast majority of users this really won’t add up to anything more than words on paper – an octa-core chip would of course be the faster of the two, but not enough to notice while carrying out 99% of everyday tasks. However, hardcore fanatics that hold specs and features with the utmost importance could by rights be devastated to find their S4 doesn’t boast an octa-core chip, so much so that they’ll in all likelihood hold off on buying one.
No official word from Samsung so far, but we’ve got our ear to the ground on this one to find out what’s to become of the S4 as soon as possible.