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Tear Down Reveals American Samsung Galaxy S4 Greatly Differs International Models

Samsung Galaxy S4

According to a recent tear down by iSuppli, the Samsung Galaxy S4 powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 600 quad-core processor, which is found primarily here in the U.S., is very much different from the International models. Reported in their findings is an extra image processor, manufactured by Fujitsu, which allows the Galaxy S4 to perform some its more process-intensive tasks such as eye tracking. In the Octa core-powered variants of the device, that extra processor is not needed. 

Beyond using separate apps processors, the devices also use entirely different wireless, GPS, WiFi, interface, Bluetooth, and FM radio subsystems. To sum it up nicely, they say the “Korean and American versions of the Galaxy S4 are as different as kimchi and coleslaw.” Very nice.

While it is a downer we still don’t have octa-core phones here in the States on our carriers, the Galaxy S4 with the Snapdragon 600 is still one of the fastest Android devices on the market. Nothing to cry over.

Via: Computer World | iSuppli

Cheers Scott!

  • Edemilson Lima

    Sony MW600 stereo bluetooth earphone with FM radio is the right companion for a Galaxy S4. 🙂

  • Jaboo

    Samsung phones are just sexy

  • Mr ilheis

    Based alone off performance the HTC One kills it and that’s surprising for it having the same chip at a higher frequency.

    • Uh, the HTC One DOES NOT kill it in performance.

      • Dain Laguna

        really? was i imagining all the benchmarks that have been run that put it only slightly behind the s4? what constitutes ‘killing it’ in your eyes?

        • The Octa scores a higher benchmark than the GS4 Snapdragon and HTC One.

          • Mr ilheis

            Benchmarks mean jack in real world usage.

      • Mr ilheis

        Read the reviews. S4 still shows signs of lag.

  • Mr ilheis

    It’s all just a bunch of BS. They could even be running an S4 Pro with higher frequencies. http://www.anandtech.com/show/6914/samsung-galaxy-s-4-review/3

  • Chris Hannan

    Every time someone complains that we don’t have the 8-core model.

  • Exynos Octa-Core is so much more fun to say though

  • abhele

    tegra 4 will pwn current processers! only if there was a device that had it , nexus 5 maybe?

    • The 2 and 3 were disappointing so you must be betting on the long shot.

      • ddh819

        fourth time’s a charm

      • abhele

        i actually was lol haha

  • I need snapdragon 800…now!

    • Snapdragon 800 needs you.. now!


    O_o It is an 8 core. There are 8 total cores inside that chipset. Now as for how they get used, that’s a separate story.

    • Matthew DiGiacomo

      No, it’s not 8 cores. It’s two 4 core CPUs, one for high performance computing and one for light work/background stuff.


        But there’s still 8 physical cores inside that phone. What’s so hard about this for you? I am aware that they don’t get used at the same time, but that doesn’t change the fact there’s 8 cores. Count ’em buddy.

        • Geoff Johnson

          AMD had triple-core processors but with one core disabled. it still has 4 cores, but it wasn’t a quad core. You could say the same thing about this phone, yes there are 8 cores in the phone but only 4 are used at one time. An Octa-core processor would mean you have ONE processor with ALL 8 cores being utilized simultaneously.

          • NIGHTSCOUT

            I am well aware of how the cores are being used. It doesn’t change the fact there are 8 physical cores inside that phone. Why can’t you guys accept that???

          • Geoff Johnson

            You’re thinking too simplistically. Just because the phone has 8 total cores doesn’t mean it’s a true octa-core processor, for the S4 to be a true octa-core it has to be able to utilize all 8 cores simultaneously. With the S4 you are either utilizing a high-powered quad-core or a low-powered quad-core. It’s like laptops that have integrated video as well as a dedicated video card, it switches between the two, but that doesn’t mean you have a dual-GPU video card laptop that performs any better.

          • NIGHTSCOUT

            WOW look at you. I ALREADY SAID I KNOW BOTH SETS OF CORES DON’T RUN AT THE SAME TIME. And I didn’t say octa-core. I just said it has 8 cores. You guys are unbelievable with you semantics

  • Trevor

    I cry when I masturbate.

    • Tony

      I masturbate when i cry

      • Try crying, then use the tears as lube, then masturbate. That’s where you really want to be…

  • David Heim

    That’s explains why the American variants of the GS4 also have that image blur on the displays. Lol! Fail….


  • akhnaten

    I love feeling like a second class citizen in the world of telcom.

  • siphyn

    According to futuremark benchmarks the snapdragon is the superior chip. Exynos is overrated.

    • Exynos Octa scored 32,5k, just check one of the XDA threads. Dunno if an S600 version is capable of doing that

    • flosserelli

      Yes, that explains why the Snapdragon S4 needs an extra image processor to equal the Exynos S4…

  • gp126904

    So the Korean model has kimchi inside of it? Has science gone too far?

  • mr_taxi

    I’d take kimchi over coleslaw any day.

    • ReturnOfTheMack

      Unless you want to have a chance at kissing a girl afterwards, in which case I would have to go with coleslaw haha.

      • Not unless it was a really garlicy cole slaw.

        • EC8CH

          [email protected] !T

          Now I want coleslaw

  • Why does the biggest phone market suffer from the worst phones? We don’t have the best processors, we’re stuck at 16gb on board, no fm radios, etc. What gives? Why can’t we get as good as the rest of the world?

    • Daniel Cirincione

      Carriers. it is always their fault. Curses!

    • brkshr

      I would rather have Qualcomm than Samsung’s Exynos processors. Team Hacksung said they wouldn’t support CM on the International S4 for a reason. Samsung won’t release documentation. They already have CM mostly working on the Qualcomm (US) version.

      • Fozzybare

        i love my note 2 with exynos on verizon. aosp roms are sweet.

        • Dylan Patel

          Becasue Team Hacksung, now they won’t support the S4 so noone will be able to make good Roms for Exynos on it.

          • Fozzybare

            they are just babies. people have roms running on exynos chips just fine.

          • Dylan Patel

            Not heavily modified ROM’s like Cyanogenmod or AKOP. The Roms right now are just people taking touchwiz and cutting down a bunch of stuff.

          • brkshr

            Obviously you don’t understand what all is involved with Custom ROMs. You Note 2 owners got lucky & Samsung released the kernel sources for it, so things work half-ass decently. Most other Exynos device (with the exception of the Nexus 10 obviously) does not have the kernel source released. NO Exynos devices have proper hardware documentation. There’s a reason that the N2, or any other Exynos device, has not had a Milestone or Release Candidate version of CyanogenMod. There are obviously bugs that CM cannot completely fix do to no documentation. They have hacked their way around some. Whoopy! I would rather have hardware that can fixed properly & not just hacked to death. So I’m glad you’re happy with your half-assed ROMs. Go ahead & switch to any other processor when you want an AOSP ROM with real stability. If you’re the type that likes TouchWiz, or de-TouchWized ROMs & being stuck on whatever version Samsung has out for it. Then obviously none of this matters.

        • Tony Allen

          I’m waiting for official 4.2.2 builds out there before jumping to Paranoid Android 🙂

          I love mine too, but there are times when I wish I had a Qualcomm.

    • Qualcomm > Octa.

    • Justin Winker

      What you talking about no FM Radios? My One has an FM Radio built in, 32Gb onboard storage, and one of the best processors available. I live near the heart of the U.S. and don’t see why you think we get the shaft on phones…

      Also, we aren’t the biggest phone market… That would probably be China.

      • Not everyone uses at&suck. Vzw doesn’t carry the one

        • That is Verizon’s fault, not anyone elses. Maybe its Verisuck or whatever instead of AT&suck.

        • Justin Winker

          Never said I use AT&T, and on top of that, what does my carrier have to do with this? We do still get some of the best phones available, and it’s not a bad thing that we don’t have every option China has available – I don’t want 260234 choices for a smartphone manufacturer with no decent way to sort through them all.

      • Edemilson Lima

        Sony MW600 stereo bluetooth earphone with FM radio is the right companion for a Galaxy S4. 🙂

    • You can thank our wonderful carriers for that

    • Pokerking

      Tmobile confirmed that the GT-I95000 Version will work fully on their network. This a is the international version. So you can buy the 32gb s4 international version, pop in ur sim card and walla.

  • JetBlue

    Spilled milk.

    • Fozzybare

      i do that often.

      • Thomas

        I don’t think that is milk he spilled 😉

        • Tyler

          Might want to get some rice if you spilled to sop up the mess.

  • Can’t afford the phone anyway now that I would need to shell out ~$600 for a new phone, since I will never go to tiered data.

    • T4rd

      Time to start selling your body!

      …or your previous phone(s) toward it. I’m considering selling/trading my Note 2 for one, I’m sure it will cover a majority of the cost.