The rollercoaster that is the Samsung Galaxy S4 rumor mill takes yet another unexpected turn today, courtesy of a Taiwanese analyst with JPMorgan. According to Rick Hsu, quoted by Taipei Times, the “next best thing” will come in at least two flavors, one packing a “homebrewed” Exynos 5 Octa processor and one with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 chip inside.
The story is in a blatant conflict with a previous report that said Samsung is looking to make just one GS4 available throughout the world. Then again, we can’t say we’re too surprised, as that first rumor smelled fishy from day one.
Now, if this latest report proves legit, Europeans are in for the Exynos 5-powered GS4, while North Americans will get the Snapdragon version. This wouldn’t be the first time Sammy decides to split the world into two, but in 2013 it doesn’t really make sense no more.
We know that the past splitting had to do with lack of compatibility between Exynos chips and 4G LTE speeds, but we figured that ended with last year’s GNote 2. And even if that’s still the case, 4G is on the rise in Europe, so Sammy needs to out an LTE-enabled S4 model at least in countries like UK or Sweden. However the thing will play out, we only have a couple more weeks of waiting to do.
Via [Android Authority]