Galaxy S4 may sport Qualcomm chip
Samsung may be having problems making enough of its own chips for the Galaxy S4 and may use a rival's processor
We know that the Samsung Galaxy S4 will be landing in the not-too-distant future but a new rumor suggests that the flagship Android phone may be powered by processors from Qualcomm, not Samsung.
Last month, Samsung showed off the octa-core Exynos 5 processor and boasted about its raw horsepower. Many naturally assumed that this would be the chip inside the next Galaxy S4 but a report from DigiTimes said it may have problems making enough of these in time for the release of the Galaxy S4. It may have to go with the quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro series of chips instead.
We expect the Samsung Galaxy S4 to be announced in the middle of March and it could launch as early as April. The Samsung Galaxy S4 will likely be a massive seller, so the production line of its processors will have to be able to keep up with demand. This isn't unprecedented either, as Samsung has used Qualcomm and NVIDIA chips in some previous Galaxy S devices.
DigiTimes can be a dodgy source sometimes, as its track record with these types of rumors is up and down. Still, I wouldn't be surprised if Samsung had to use Qualcomm to begin with and then eventually switch over to the Exynos chip down the road.
Regardless, we're getting closer and closer to the Galaxy S4. The Android superphone is expected to have a 5-inch 1080p HD screen, a powerful processor, 4G LTE, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and Android Jelly Bean with a lot of custom Samsung software. We can't wait.
[Via Expert Reviews]