Right now the chipset king in the mobile world is Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800. It’s been (and still being) deployed in the majority of top of the line devices from all of the phone makers that aren’t Apple. But this situation won’t last for long.
Qualcomm has already announced the Snapdragon 805, the sequel to the 800, in November. But back when it was made public, the company only said that it will be out in “commercial devices” in the first half of 2014. That’s incredibly vague, so obviously everyone has been curious to find a more concrete release timeline.
As it turns out, the first device to feature the new Snapdragon 805 CPU will ship in May. We still don’t know when exactly in May, but this is probably the closest we’ll get to a release date before the company making that device announces it.
Now that we just found out from an official source that Samsung’s Galaxy S5 will only get unveiled in March or April, it seems rather likely that it could get released in May. Early May, of course – so as not to have too much time pass from the announcement. In fact, the date could even be May 1, according to famous Russian journalist Eldar Murtazin.
Obviously, Samsung could use the newest iteration of its own Exynos processor for the S5, but that doesn’t mean it won’t also have a version with a Snapdragon inside. After all, this is exactly what has been happening ever since the Galaxy S III got official in 2012 – the LTE capable model sports Qualcomm silicon, while the HSPA-only device goes with Samsung’s Exynos CPUs.
If this is the case, using anything but the newest Snapdragon 805 for the Galaxy S5 would put Samsung at a disadvantage compared to its competitors who will certainly come out with handsets featuring this processor a bit later on in the year. Some people still compare spec lists when they buy phones, and the Snapdragon 805 will go up to 2.5 GHz, compared to ‘just’ 2.3 GHz for its predecessor.
Samsung’s current flagship, the Galaxy S4, is already one chipset generation behind, using the Snapdragon 600 because the 800 wasn’t yet available when it launched. We’re assuming that the Korean company doesn’t want that to happen again, but keep in mind that this is all just shameless speculation.