By Alexandra Burlacu | Mar 30, 2013 02:17 PM EDT
The new Samsung Galaxy S4 is reportedly heading to South Korea with an Exynos 5 Octa chip under the hood, complete with LTE support.
The news comes just days after learning that the Exynos 5 Octa processor will support LTE bands. The Samsung Galaxy S4 bound for South Korea reportedly bears the model number SHV-E300S.
Samsung was seemingly not able to mass-produce enough Exynos 5 Octa processors to allow for a more widespread launch. Instead, the company used Qualcomm's Snapdragon 600 quad-core alternative for most Samsung Galaxy S4 models that are set to go on sale soon. Things appear to be different for its home country, however, as the South Korea-bound Galaxy S4 powerhouse will boast the company's next-generation processor.
According to Japanese website Naver, the Samsung Galaxy S4 bound for South Korea will launch in late April or early May. Samsung reportedly just finished testing the smartphone in the wild, and now the company is ready to unleash its new flagship in its home country. The handset may make its debut at a local Unpacked event.
No pricing details are available at this point, and the Samsung Galaxy S4 has no exact launch dates from local carriers. Samsung will likely make things official in a few weeks, providing more details about the handset's launch in South Korea.
Naver also mentions that Samsung tested the Galaxy S4 in South Korea for 29 days, wrapping the device in square protection cases in order to conceal its design. Samsung officially unveiled the Galaxy S4 flagship smartphone a couple of weeks ago, at a special event held in New York City.
According to recent benchmarks, Samsung's Exynos 5 Octa processor can deliver a significant performance boost compared to the Snapdragon 600 chip. International buyers, however, will have to wait a while longer to get this bad boy, as Samsung doesn't seem ready to launch this Galaxy S4 model in other markets just yet.
A Samsung Galaxy S4 with an Exynos 5 Octa processor definitely sounds exciting, but until Samsung officially confirms launch details for South Korea take things with a grain of salt.
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