Most of our readers likely know that Samsung has decided to ship two different versions of the Samsung Galaxy S 4. One model comes with a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600, while the other model comes with Samsung's very own Exynos 5, an eight-core processor based upon ARM designs.
The US and European markets are getting the quad-core Snapdragon-powered model, while other countries will be getting the arguably better Exynos 5-powered model. But why? And does it even matter? According to JK Shin, co-CEO of Samsung and head of Samsung's mobile business, the general public won't be able to tell the difference.
The main reason for using the two different chips, according to Shin, is sourcing. They want to have more than one source for chips going into the Galaxy S 4. "We use multiple different sources. It's a sourcing issue." One thing is clear, the Exynos 5 destroys the Snapdragon 600 in benchmarks.