Report: UK to Get Octa, Quad-core Galaxy Note 3

Samsung is expected to announce its Galaxy Note 3 during the UNPACKED Episode 2 pre-IFA event on September 4. Rumor has it the device will feature a huge 5.7 inch 1080p AMOLED screen, a 13MP camera, 3 GB of RAM and supposedly Android 4.3. But what about the CPU?

We've seen Samsung switch up the CPU in its devices depending on region before International models of the Galaxy S3 ran on Sammy's own quad-core Exynos, while the North American and Japanese version boasted a dual-core Snapdragon S4 from Qualcomm. Samsung apparently plans to do something similar with the Note 3 and, if current rumors prove true, the company will be using both the octa-core Exynos 5420 and quad-core Snapdragon 800 in the next Note.

According to SamMobile, when the device does eventually launch, the UK is going to get both versions. SamMobile has a complete list of which countries are getting which variant. The site's sources say that for countries on both lists, it's be down to Samsung's marketing plans. This source says that countries with 4G LTE networks will get the Snapdragon 800 LTE variant first. The USA appears on the list for the Snapdragon variant but not for the octa-core Exynos 5420.

With two UK carriers launching their 4G LTE networks at the end of this month, the UK's 4G marketplace is finally starting to look interesting. Still, it's early days yet, so the availability of a 3G variant is a must.

  • house70
    I don't get why they persist in making 2 different variants, since the Snapdragon chips are the ones supporting LTE they could just deploy these across the board; esp. given that the real-life difference between the 2 variants is negligible. One would think it would be cheaper to deploy one variant instead of two.
    Alternatively, they could just create Exynos chips that support all LTE bands and be done with it.
  • Parsian
    I'm more impressed by the Snap 800
  • threehosts
    house70: They are most likely doing this to maintain independence and secure a steady supply to meet the demand. If Qualcomm fails to deliver, they have their own chips to fall back on and if their factories break down, ... well then they have Qualcomm.