Rumor has is that the soon to be announced phablet from Samsung, the Galaxy Note 3, will run on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 instead of their in-house made Exynos 5 Octa system on chip.
The story was leaked by ETNews, which claims it has sources inside the company that revealed Samsung still has problems manufacturing its Exynos 5 Octa processors.
ETNews revealed that at least the first 4 million units produced by Samsung will run on Qualcomm processors. Samsung hopes it will manage to resolve the supply issue in a timely manner, so there will be 2 variants of the Galaxy Note 3 in the future, one running on Qualcomm’s System on Chip and the other variant will have an Exynos 5420 Octa inside.
The Exynos 5420 is an upgraded version of the 5410 model used in the Samsung Galaxy S4, offering better overall performance. But the Exynos 5420 is flawed with design issues that lead to over heating, according to ETNews sources, hence Samsung’s delay in manufacturing them in a timely fashion.
Sammobile already leaked two sets of specs for the Galaxy Note 3, the SM-N900 version running on the Exynos 5 Octa and the SM-N9005 with the GPU/CPU unconfirmed. It is very probable that the SM-9005 will run on the Snapdragon 800 platform, but we have no official announcement from Samsung at the moment.
What we know is that the Galaxy Note 3 will be available in 3 colors -Black, White and Pink, the screen will be a 5.68 inches wide Super AMOLED Full HD unit with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, it will feature a 13 MP snapper and a 3200 mAh battery. The Snapdragon 800 version will feature LTE connectivity, while the Exynos 5 Octa is still a mystery.