Shortly after the unveiling of the new Samsung Galaxy S4, we found out that Samsung would be going with a Snapdragon 600 in lieu of its new Exynos 5 Octa for its release of its Galaxy S4 variant, the GT-I9505. This puzzling news came with no explanation, leaving many to speculate that perhaps the Exynos 5 did not have support some LTE bands that are so crucial to 4G networks worldwide. Samsung is releasing two versions of the Galaxy S4, the GT-I9500 and the GT-I9505. Model GT-I9505 runs a Snapdragon 600 SoC, while the GT-I9500 sports the Exynos 5 Octa.
Thanks to a twitter conversation debating the Exynos 5’s LTE support, we now know that the chipset does in fact support all 20 bands of LTE. This can only lead us to conclude that other issues such as component shortages are to blame for the Exynos 5’s disappearance in the GT-I9505 variant of the Samsung Galaxy S4.
Whatever the reason for Samsung’s decision to feature the Snapdragon 600 in its GT-I9505 Galaxy S4 variant remains to be seen, but if production is the issue, Sammy may include the chipset in future iterations of the Galaxy S4, as well as other upcoming devices.