Sources from Korea say that Samsung may use Qualcomm’s might Snapdragon 800 processor for the first Galaxy Note 3 units, instead of the company’s proprietary Exynos 5 Octa SoC.
Sources close to Samsung quoted by ETNews claim that the South Korean phone maker is encountering some issues with the Exynos 5 Octa chipset and that the first batch of Samsung Galaxy Note 3 models will be underpinned by the Krait-based Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chipset.
The same Korean website writes that the first 4 million Galaxy Note 3 units that will be built will sport the Snapdragon 800 SoC. ETNews also notes that from the total of Samsung Galaxy Note 3 units build only about 20-30% will be powered by the Exynos 5420 model.
Even though the Exynos 5420 unit that was recently launched by Samsung was supposed to fix all the problems of the Exynos 5410 model, the company has reportedly encountered heat-related issues with new processing unit. The Exynos 5420 is based on a quad-core 1.8 GHz Cortex A15 CPU + quad-core 1.3 GHz Cortex A7 CPU and a Mali T628 GPU.
Samsung refused to talk on the matter and since there’s no official confirmation for the rumors saying that the Snapdragon 800 CPU will be proffered over the Exynos 5 Octa it’s best to take the information with a pinch of salt.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 will debut on September 4 at a Samsung Unpacked event that takes place in Berlin. The rumor mill speculates that the new phablet developed by the South Korean company will pack a 5.7-inch full HD Super AMOLED display, 3 GB of RAM, 16/32/64 GB of internal storage, microSD support, LTE, NFC, and 13 megapixel primary camera.
The new smartphone is expected to leave the factory gates pre-loaded with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean customized with Samsung’s own TouchWiz Nature UX interface. Given that Samsung purchased 5% in Wacom shares (a company that manufactures graphic tablets with stylus input) the Galaxy Note 3 is expected to arrive with an improved S Pen.
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