Samsung Rumored To Drop Exynos and AMOLED in Galaxy S IV

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News Posted: Mon, Feb 25 2013 7:45 PM
Samsung has bravely used its homegrown Exynos processor in its mobile devices, and for the most part that’s been a successful endeavor. Further, it makes sense to keep as much of the manufacturing process in-house, because companies can avoid dealing with third party licensing fees and contracts, can act more quickly to resolve any issues, and exert more control over the actual manufacturing process.

However, Samsung appears to be changing its tune on that strategy. According to SamMobile, the company is ditching Exynos for its upcoming Samsung Galaxy S IV phone in favor of a Snapdragon 600 (1.9 GHz) processor. The phone will also reportedly have Full HD SoLux Display instead of AMOLED.

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According to SamMobile’s sources, the 8-core Exynos chip that Samsung originally planned to use was having overheating problems, and the company was also struggling to produce full HD AMOLED screens, which would necessitate the switch in that regard.

Plenty of folks, ourselves included, are excited to see the Galaxy S IV when it finally launches on March 14th, but these rumors temper our expectations somewhat.
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RWilliams replied on Mon, Feb 25 2013 8:20 PM

Someone has to fill me in here. This seems akin to Intel releasing a tablet with an AMD SoC in it. Couldn't Samsung have just released an A15-based quad-core Exynos? It's clear that the Exynos 5 Octa is too beefy for a phone, so I'm just wondering what Samsung's reasoning is here. It's not like this is "just another model" - it's going to be its flagship.

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Dave_HH replied on Mon, Feb 25 2013 9:52 PM

Nah man, Samsung's CE division does what's best for the device at hand. Though, to be honest, I'm skeptical of this rumor.

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RWilliams replied on Mon, Feb 25 2013 10:23 PM

Same. Not too much longer before we find out for sure, though.

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Meh, in North America we rarely see the exynos solution anyway.

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