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Quad-core or Octa-core? Samsung Says it Doesn’t Really Matter

When the news that Samsung had managed to create an octa-core processor, most of us assumed that this would be the next step in processing technology from quad-core and that the new processors would have twice the power of a quad-core processor.  Well, Samsung now downplays the difference between the two types of processors.

Octa-core vs Quad-core

Samsung’s co-CEO and head of IT and Mobile Communications J. K. Shin says that buyers of the company’s next flagship smartphone the Galaxy S4, which was touted to bring the company’s octa-core chip for mobiles, should not feel shortchanged just because the first shipments of the phone come with a quad-core processor.  The European and US markets will be getting the Quad-core version of the S4, which comes with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 600 chip while other markets (global) will be lucky to get the Octa-core version running on Samsung’s own Exynos 5 chip.

Raw deal – twice in a row

When Samsung launched the Galaxy S3 last year, the US-bound smartphone came with a dual-core processor while the global version of the same phone came with a quad-core processor.  Most buyers in the American market felt that Samsung were giving them a raw deal although Samsung had a perfectly reasonable explanation:  Their Exynos quad-core processor wasn’t optimized for a 4G LTE market.  This time though, we read earlier that the octa-core processor is 4G LTE capable, and what does Samsung have to say?  The cores don’t really matter.

Samsung says that the two processors are the same in such respect that an average smartphone user will not note the difference.  However, the actual reason that Samsung chose to have different processors on one smartphone was because they had supply issues.  Given the tough spot the company was in, it was only natural that they chose the home market to have the octa-core processor.

What options are there?

So, that is it.  The reason you will be buying an S4 with a Qualcomm 600 processor is because the production line for the octa-core wasn’t fast enough.  But if you are an adamant user and still want the S4 with an octa-core processor, you may have to import one, or you could wait a little longer, maybe Samsung will make it available in the US market in the future.

What do you think about Shin’s explanation that an average user shouldn’t be concerned about whether the phone they buy has an octa-core or a quad-core processor?  Let us know what you think in the comments section below.