Galaxy S IV Likely to Sport Snapdragon Processor, Analyst Says

The smartphone might have been delayed due to issues with Exynos 5 Octa

Galaxy S IV, supposedly the next flagship Android-based smartphone from the South Korean mobile phone maker Samsung, is now expected to arrive on shelves with a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor packed inside, and not with the previously rumored Exynos 5 Octa chip.

Although nothing has been officially confirmed for the device as of now, Piper Jaffray‘s Gus Richard suggests that Samsung might indeed choose this chipset for its upcoming smartphone, so as to make sure that it can deliver it in time.

Apparently, the company is facing some power management issues with its Exynos 5 Octa processor, which was unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January and which was expected to arrive on the market inside this smartphone.

Furthermore, the analyst says that Galaxy S IV’s launch has already been delayed, and that the adoption of a Qualcomm processor would help Samsung deliver the smartphone faster.

“We believe Samsung’s Galaxy S4 has slipped and the Galaxy S3 has been in production a quarter longer than expected,” Gus Richard said, according to a blog post on Barron’s.

“We believe the S4 is being delayed primarily due to power issues with the company’s eight-core Exynos Octa […] we believe the company is likely to shift more to external sources. We believe QCOM will pick up more of Samsung’s S4 business.”

Of course, this doesn’t mean that Samsung will indeed make this move, since analysts aren’t always right, yet there’s a great chance that things will actually happen this way.

Galaxy S IV has been long rumored to land on shelves with a full HD touchscreen display, perhaps a 5-inch one, a 13-megapixel photo snapper, 2GB of RAM, and Google’s latest Android flavor loaded on top, thus capable of strengthening Samsung’s position at the top of the market.

However, Samsung did not provide specific info on the device as of now, and it won’t do so in the near future either, as the company has already confirmed no Galaxy S IV presence at the MWC 2013 show in Barcelona.

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