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Samsung Galaxy S4 Gets Early Teardown

Samsung yesterday took the wraps off of its next world beating Android phone, and one unit in China's already been splayed open for the world to see. Like with the Galaxy S3, Samsung will likely offer different variants for different world markets, including different CPU choices -- such as in-house-designed Exynos 5410 octa-core vs. the just-revealed Qualcomm Snapdragon 600. The Chinese model featured in the teardown has the former SoC, and even has dual-SIM support.

What's impressive is that the S4 has a best-in-class 2600 mAh battery that is removable, which completely erases the argument that sealed batteries lead to larger capacities.

Check out the full teardown photos here.

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Marcus Yam served as Tom's Hardware News Director during 2008-2014. He entered tech media in the late 90s and fondly remembers the days when an overclocked Celeron 300A and Voodoo2 SLI comprised a gaming rig with the ultimate street cred.
  • hunshiki
    What? Note 2 comes with 3100mAH and it's removable..
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  • tarzan2001
    I just hope the US market doesn't get shafted again when it comes to the CPU like they did with the Samsung Galaxy S3. Yes, I know a dual-core is "good enough" to do pretty much everything, but they marketed the S3 as having a beastly quad-core, and then gave the US market a dual-core, albeit with 2 GB of RAM. Now that we've been hearing about the S4 having a new 4+4 "octa-core" design for so many months generating so much interest for the phone and its potential, it would be extremely disappointing to see it being sold with "only" a quad-core (just like all of its competition) here in the US.
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  • tarzan2001
    hunshikiWhat? Note 2 comes with 3100mAH and it's removable..The Note 2 is also much larger and therefore has the space and the NEED for a much larger battery.
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  • hunshiki
    tarzan2001The Note 2 is also much larger and therefore has the space and the NEED for a much larger battery.
    I meant the article itself:
    ...battery that is removable, which completely erases the argument that sealed batteries lead to larger capacities.
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  • belardo
    The USA is not the largest market for cellphones, that is why. We don't have the fastest or cheapest phone or Internet service. There are far more models available everywhere else in the world, but here. Like in the old FeaturePhone era, Sony would have about 8-10 current phone models available in the USA. Go to UK or Europe in general, you would have over 40 to choose from.
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  • kj3639
    Shafted? The US Galaxy S3 has a dual core Cortex-A15, while the international has a quad core Cortex-A9. They're roughly equal in performance, but the dual (Scorpion Snapdragon) has the LTE chip embedded into the SOC, as well as having asynchronous processors. I prefer dual over the quad any day.
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  • chuckydb
    I know who's getting the quad core....
    US and Canada..... AGAIN FOR F'K SAKE...
    Kind of obvious... The worlds shittiest networks getting the shaft again.
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  • horaciopz
    chuckydbThe worlds shittiest networks getting the shaft again.
    Hahaha! You really don't know about world, man.

    And well, even if USA and Canada is quetting a Quad core S4, it will be plenty for any task. I know there are people that always want the best, but still I don't see how an average man can max out and make struggles the S3 not yet the S4.

    Just stay chill...
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  • lp231
    Quad Core for the US is everyone ain't willing to spend more than $100 and expect to get a product that's worth $600. If they spend too much, then all they do is bit*h and whine. Samsung should release both versions and let the consumer decide what they want. If someone is willing to spend extra for the 8 core, then let them have the 8 core, don't let them get shafted just because others aren't willing to spend the extra money.
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  • slomo4sho
    Hmm... If the 8-core version is available in the US it may be time for me to sell the Nexus 4 and upgrade to this. No memory expansion in the Nexus 4 severely limits my music library(no I don't want to stream from cloud)
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