Samsung is said to be testing a revised version of the Galaxy Note 4 with Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 810 processor. The chip doesn’t just deliver a better graphics processing unit, but it’s also built upon 64-bit architecture rather than the 32-bit technology used by traditional mobile processors.
Samsung already offers a number of Galaxy Note 4 variants; some countries get one powered by the South Korean company’s own Exynos 7 Octa processor, while others get the more common model with a Snapdragon 805 chipset — the same chip that’s used by a lot of the flagships we’ve seen throughout 2014.
However, Qualcomm’s more recent Snapdragon 810 is a much better offering. In addition to its 64-bit architecture, it has eight cores instead of just four, and the latest Adreno 430 graphics. The Snapdragon 805, on the other hand, has Adreno 420 graphics.
Rather than leaving the Note 4 as it is and bringing the Snapdragon 810 to future devices, Samsung reportedly has a revised version in the works with the better chip.
“Our sources have revealed to us that a new variant of the Galaxy Note 4 with a Snapdragon 810 SoC is being tested for some major carriers in South Korea,” SamMobile reports. “These carriers might be LG+, SKT, and Olleh, but we are not too sure about the names.”
The news is likely to upset a lot of existing Note 4 owners who are now stuck with a Snapdragon 805, but there are some things to bear in mind. Just because this handset is in testing, it doesn’t mean Samsung will bring it to market — and if does, there’s no guarantee it will be available outside of Korea.
What’s more, the Snapdragon 805 is still a terrific processor — one of the best available for mobile devices — so it’s going to continue to serve you well over the coming years. It will also be a while before we see Android software taking full advantage of the Snapdragon 810′s improved technologies.
Recent reports have suggested the upcoming Galaxy S6 will also be powered by a Snapdragon 810, and we’re likely to see it inside other Samsung handsets — and indeed flagships from rival manufacturers — in 2015.