Samsung Galaxy S5 powered by Snapdragon 801 processor, octa-core version also in the works

Alex Wagner
Editorial Director of News and Content from  Omaha, NE
| February 25, 2014

Samsung Galaxy S5 shimmering white

Yesterday Samsung took the wraps off of the Galaxy S5 and gave us a rundown on all of the hardware and software features of its new Android flagship. The company was more than happy to talk up the Galaxy S5's 5.1-inch 1080p display, 16-megapixel camera and its "modern glam look," but one little detail that Sammy left out of its announcement was the type of processor that's powering the newest Galaxy family member. The good news is that Qualcomm has gone ahead and filled us in on that tidbit of information.

Qualcomm announced today that its shiny new Snapdragon 801 processor is the 2.5GHz quad-core chip that's inside of the Samsung Galaxy S5. The company went on to tout some of the Snapdragon 801's features, which include an Adreno 330 GPU for high-quality photography and image post-processing as well as integrated 4G LTE Advanced connectivity that allows for download speeds of up to 150Mbps.

In other Galaxy S5 processor news, Samsung revealed earlier today that it's planning a version of the S5 that's powered by a 2.1GHz octa-core processor. The octa-core model was included in an infographic posted to the official Samsung Tomorrow blog that compares the specs of all of the Galaxy S flagship phones. Samsung has since updated its infographic to remove any mention of the octa-core model, but TechCrunch was able to save it before Samsung yanked the image from its site. You can find it in the gallery below.

Samsung offered an octa-core version of the Galaxy S 4 in select markets, so it's not a total surprise to learn that it's planning an octa-core model of the Galaxy S5 as well. Unfortunately, there's no word yet on when the octa-core Galaxy S5 will launch or where in the world it'll be available. I'm willing to bet that the device will see a fairly limited rollout, though, just like the octa-core Galaxy S 4 before it. The good news is that for folks whose motto is "MOAR COREZ!," some retailer or other seller will likely be willing to hook you up with an octa-core unit, so long as you're willing to pay.

Via Qualcomm, Samsung Tomorrow, TechCrunch

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