Samsung's latest Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and Samsung Galaxy Note Edge are its two most powerful smartphones…or phablets…at this point in time. The fact that they always come out a few months after their Galaxy S flagship always puts the Galaxy Note series a step ahead of their Galaxy S series and this year is no exception. Samsung was forced to use the Qualcomm Snapdragon quad-core 801 in the Galaxy S5, but when the Galaxy Note 4 came out, the Snapdragon 805 quad-core was available, so Samsung wisely upgraded. The Qualcomm Snapdragons are used for the U.S. market since they play nicer with our 4G LTE networks, however, in many other markets, Samsung uses their own Exynos 7 octa-core processor – in other words, the Galaxy Note 4 is already using one of two processors on board, depending where you buy the device.
If what our source says is true, Samsung is already testing the newest Snapdragon 810 in the Galaxy Note 4 in South Korea. Last week we had read rumblings that Qualcomm was having a few difficulties with the new chip, but they came out and said that those rumors were not true and the new 64-bit Snapdragon 810 will be ready for mass production and on time. This makes the testing even more interesting and makes us wonder if there will indeed be a third variant out soon, although all signs point to the device never making it out of South Korea. It is currently being tested on major Korean networks – LG+, SKT and Olleh, although nothing definite has been revealed.
The Snapdragon 805 and 810 differ in that the 805 is still the older 32-bit technology and the 810 is the newer 64-bit. The 805 is using the quad-core architecture with an Adreno 420 GPU, whereas the 810 jumps it up to an octa-core CPU using ARM's big.LITTLE configuration and the new Adreno 430 GPU. It is likely that this will be the processor used in the next Samsung Galaxy S6, which will arrive next Spring, along with other features that will help Samsung in their sales department, as the Galaxy S5 simply missed the mark this year.
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