When Samsung formally introduced us to its new Exynos 5 Octa processor, the company gave us a nice rundown of all of the features that its new CPU offered, including promises of increased energy efficiency and 3D gaming performance. However, the company never mentioned three little letters that are quite significant in the mobile space: L, T and E. Many folks believed that that meant that the Exynos 5 Octa didn't yet support LTE, especially since Samsung has crafted two different versions of its new Galaxy S 4 handset, one of which is an HSPA+-only model that includes the new Exynos chip.
Clearly there's been quite a bit of confusion lately surrounding the Exynos 5 Octa supports LTE connectivity or not, but the good news is that Samsung has taken to Twitter to clear up the situation. Tweeting from its official Samsung Exynos account, the company has confirmed that the Exynos 5 Octa does support LTE on 20 different bands. Unfortunately, Samsung clammed up when pressed for more information, saying only that the chip will support an LTE modem.
While there are likely many folks pleased to hear the new of the new Exynos's LTE support, the fact remains that many folks still won't be using a Galaxy S 4 that packs both the Exynos and LTE. That includes those of us in the U.S., as Qualcomm recently confirmed that the Galaxy S 4 that's coming stateside will be powered by a quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor. One reason for Samsung's decision to use the Snapdragon in some Galaxy S 4 models likely has to do with an inability to produce enough of its own processors to be packed in to all of the S 4 units that'll be shipped around the globe. Now that Samsung has come out and confirmed the Exynos 5 Octa's support for LTE, though, at least all of the spec-obsessed mobile fans out there know that a device with Exynos 5 Octa and LTE flavoring is indeed possible.