First 4 million Galaxy Note III units to run Snapdragon 800 processors

Alan O'Doherty
August 23, 2013

4 million units of Samsung’s upcoming phablet, the Galaxy Note III are set to launch running Snapdragon 800 processors rather than Samsung’s own Exynos 5420 CPU.

The news was reported today by South Korean website ETNews and went on to suggest that around 70% of all Note III handsets will run on the Snapdragon 800 processors. The Droid Guy has suggested that the majority of the Snapdragon units will be aimed at the North America, European and UK markets while the Exynos Octacore chipsets will be bound for Asian markets.

Qualcomm, the firm behind the Snapdragon 800 processor, currently dominates the mobile processor industry with over 40% of the market while Samsung is lagging behind with just 13% of the market. It’s not clear whether the decision to equip so many Note III units was always part of Samsung’s strategy or if changing circumstances have forced the South Korean tech firm to outsource to Qualcomm to meet demand.

The Note III is due to launch at the IFA conference in Berlin next month. The successor to the highly successful Note II the Note III is rumoured to include 16, 32 or 64GB of memory, expandable via an SD card slot and to run Android 4.3 Jellybean. The handset will also offer a 5.7″ digital display and will sport a 13 megapixel rear facing camera along with a 2 megapixel front facing sensor.

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