Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini running on Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 CPU shows up in Netherlands
By the amount of things that have already been leaked about the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini, I wouldn’t have expected any surprises before its June 20th announcement.
But it seems we do have one. And that’s the CPU Galaxy S4 mini runs on.
It has long been rumored that Samsung will use its own Exynos for the mini flagship. However, the screenshots of the tests on a live Galaxy S4 mini, obtained by AllAboutSamsung.nl , show it with dual-core, 1.7 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 chip.
Other Galaxy S4 mini specs remain more or less as we knew before: 4.3” qHD (540x960m 240 dpi)display, 1.5 GB of RAM and 8 megapixel camera.The only new detail is that SGS4 mini will have 2.1mpx front facing camera.
So what’s the deal with this Exynos/Snpdragon CPU thing?
My guess is – the same old problem Samsung has faced with its flagship Galaxy S3.
Sammy is still not able to integrate the LTE capabilities into its Exynos chips. So in the markets which already have advanced LTE networks, it has no choice but to turn to Qualcomm to power its latest mobile devices. But LTE footprint around the world is still pretty small, and will remain so through most of the lifetime of current Samsung smartphones. For those markets, Samsung is free to use its own Exynos chipsets with integrated 3G support, thus keeping a huge chunk of revenues in-house, while saving on device costs.
So when the new Samsung Galaxy S4 mini is launches, I’m pretty sure we’ll have the same situation we had with SGS4. Two versions of the device -one with Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 inside, for LTE countries and networks; another – carrying Exynos 5210, for places with 3G/HSPA.