The UK version of the Samsung Galaxy S4 will not be powered by an industry-leading eight-core processor but will instead feature a more modest quad-core chipset, a product listing for the handset all-but confirms.
Official Samsung press material sent out on the S4’s launch date appeared to categorically confirm that the UK edition of the handset would feature the more powerful processor.
However, since then things have got a lot muddier and more confused. And, indeed, confusing.
This week our close friends at Omio reported that Samsung had been in touch with the site to confirm that the Exynos 5 Octa-core processor would not be present in the edition of the handset bound for these shores.
Today, more evidence emerged that this was indeed the case after specifications for the Galaxy S4 were changed on Phones 4u.
Just days ago, both types of processors were listed on the retailer’s website’s S4 product page. However, today all mention of an eight-core processor has disappeared and only the quad-core model is listed.
The swirl of rumour, counter-rumour and strangely inconclusive ‘official’ information surrounding the phone’s chipset comes after a uSwitch survey highlighted just how in-demand the eight-core processor is among UK consumers.
Of 1,494 uSwitch Tech readers surveyed before the S4 was unveiled, some 22 per cent (340 votes) named the octa-core processor as the feature they most wanted to see. That made it the second most-wanted spec-sheet fixture after wireless charging, which polled 31 per cent (469 votes).
For what it’s worth, we’ve approached Phones 4u to try and get some kind of concrete statement to clear the processor palaver up once and for all. So be sure to check back here for updates.