Samsung quietly sneaks in octa-core S5 variant

Samsung Galaxy S5 phone

At Samsung’s Unpacked 5 event at MWC 2014, Samsung announced the Galaxy S5 and the Gear FIT. But something was missing. Where were Samsung’s S5 variants for regions without LTE? You see, Samsung usually releases two versions of it’s flagship, one for LTE countries and another for the ones without LTE.

At Samsung’s press conference, Samsung only announced one variant of it’s latest flagship, the Galaxy S5 with the Snapdragon 801 chipset. Now Samsung has sneaked in an octa-core chipset running at 2.1 Ghz clockspeed. Whew, all that power in the palm of your hands! A few years ago, even dual core processors in an mobile phone, forget quad core were unimaginable. Heck,  only a few desktops could bost of multiple cores at that time.  Now look how far we have progressed, 8 cores in the palm of your hands.

However, most probably the extra cores won’t make much difference and the octa core S5 will perform as good as the Quad core S5 like it happened in the case of the S4 : The octa-core and the Quad core versions performed equally well.

The octa-core versions will release in countries without LTE. You would have to make do with 3G. Countries with LTE like the US and UK will get the quad-core version as Samsung still hasn’t figured out how to add LTE compatibility to the octa-core chipset.

UPDATE : We have done an MWC 2014 roundup where we have rounded up all of MWC 2014’s news in one place for your convenience. Do check it out!


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