When Samsung officially took the wraps off of the Galaxy S 4 last night, it revealed that some models of its new flagship will come to market with either a 1.6GHz octa-core processor made by Samsung or an unspecified 1.9GHz quad-core processor, depending on the market. Now a Qualcomm spokesperson has shed a bit of light on the matter, telling Android Central that the U.S. versions of the Galaxy S 4 will ship with the quad-core Snapdragon 600 chip that the company first revealed at CES in January.
Samsung followed a similar path with the launch of the Galaxy S III last year, offering a quad-core Exynos-powered S III to several international markets while selling a dual-core Snapdragon S4 version here in the States. The Snapdragon 600 chip that's inside the U.S. flavor of the Galaxy S 4 is also found inside the HTC One and LG Optimus G Pro, and the good news for those customers that are interested in snagging an S 4 once it lands stateside is that the Snapdragon 600 has shown itself to be a capable performer.
Now we just need to find out exactly when the Galaxy S 4 will be launching here. Samsung said last night that the S 4 will begin rolling out globally in the second quarter and that it'll be released on AT&T, Cricket, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular and Verizon here in the U.S., but no specific release dates or pricing have been revealed yet. Expect those to be announced by the individual carriers as we get closer to launch. Until we hear more, you can check out Aaron's hands-on with the Galaxy S 4 below.
Via Android Central