Samsung Galaxy Note 3 to use Snapdragon 800 CPU, not Exynos 5

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 phablet gets downgraded from 8-core to quad-core

Samsung's upcoming Galaxy Note 3 phablet will reportedly use a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 CPU.

An alleged prototype of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3.
An alleged prototype of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3.

The anticipated Galaxy Note 3 will be powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor instead of Samsung's own, according to ZDnet Korea. A previously leaked specification list for the device suggested it would run on an Exynos 5 octa-core processor.

If that has been the case then the Galaxy Note 3 would have likely been the first 8-core smartphone to hit Australia after the Blighty-bound model of the Samsung Galaxy S4 was downgraded to a quad-core Snapdragon 600 instead.

There are suggestions that Samsung is either having trouble producing enough volume of the Exynos 5 chip or simply feels the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 is a better and cheaper option, according to Know Your Mobile.

It would certainly make sense for Samsung to go with the Snapdragon 800 for a couple of reasons. For starters, the CPU supports 4G LTE (speedy Cat 4) negating the need for a separate chip and it can be clocked up to a whopping 2.3GHz. Furthermore, the Adreno 330 GPU can support up to Ultra HD (4k) video playback and it supports speedy 11ac Wi-Fi.

Other specifications for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 include a flexible OLED screen of 5.9in or 6.3in, 2GB of RAM and a 13Mp camera. It is expected that Samsung will unveil the device at IFA later this year.

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Ross Catanzariti contributed to this report.

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