US Galaxy S 4 Features Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 Processor, Clocked At 1.9Ghz

Samsung Galaxy S 4

The Samsung Galaxy S 4 Smartphone will feature a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor when it arrives in the United States. News of the 1.9Ghz (clocked) quad-core processor was confirmed by the chip manufacturer on Sunday.

The international version of the Galaxy S 4 uses the Exynos 5 model with its “octo-core” technology.

The move follows a similar setup from the Galaxy S III in which the US model went with a dual-core processor while the international device shipped with a quad-core setup.

Samsung will take advantage of the same chipset unveiled for US editions of the HTC One and the LG Optimus G Pro. According to Qualcomm, its Snapdragon 600 processor offers 40 percent better performance than the Snapdragon S4 Pro.

The company provides the SoC (system on a chip) alongside the newest version of the Adreno 320 GPU. The US version of the Galaxy S4 is also paired with LPDDR3 RAM support.

While the Snapdragon 600 is a nicely built system that utilizes the Qualcomm’s ARM-compatible Krait cores, the Exynos architecture is built with four regular processors and four more power-efficient cores. The Exynos setup allows the international version of the Samsung Galaxy S 4 to handle increased processor demands more fluidly. The faster cores on the Exynos infrastructure kick in only when needed, thus allowing for lower-power with better scaling efficiencies.


Many smartphone buyers focus on the hardware they are receiving. However, Samsung’s head of design revealed over the weekend that the company’s focus is squarely on user experience. Samsung hopes to continually develop a mobile OS that allows for better “integration into a users life.”

Samsung devices may still forgo stronger build aluminum body designs but the company definitely isn’t skimping on the technology it places inside of a Galaxy’s plastic body.

Do you think the Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 SoC is a worthwhile setup for the Samsung Galaxy S 4?