Problems with new Samsung chip in Galaxy S IV may lead to a huge win for Qualcomm

Galaxy S IV Processor Snapdragon

Samsung (005930) may once again choose to use a Qualcomm (QCOM) Snapdragon processor in its upcoming flagship smartphone. Earlier rumors claimed that the company would equip the Galaxy S IV with a new eight-core Exynos 5 Octa processor, however a new report suggests otherwise. According to the Digital Times, the Exynos 5 Octa and other ARM Cortex-A15 Exynos chips are experiencing power consumption issues and temperature problems that have forced Samsung to turn to a Snapdragon chipset.

The company previously used a Snapdragon S4 processor in select Galaxy S III models and recent benchmarks pointed towards a Qualcomm CPU in the Galaxy S IV. The flagship smartphone will reportedly be equipped with a quad-core Snapdragon 600 chipset, the same processor found in the newly announced HTC One. The device is also rumored to include a 4.99-inch 1080p HD display, 2GB of RAM, wireless charing capabilities, a microSD slot and a 13-megapixel camera.

Samsung is expected to announce the Galaxy S IV at a press conference on March 14th.

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