The Galaxy Note 4, Samsung’s current flagship phablet, is already available in two variations: one with a Samsung Exynos 7 processor (SM-N910C), and one with a Snapdragon 805 (SM-N910S). The difference between them is almost negligible, but a rumor this morning out of the fairly-reliable-for-Samsung-rumors SamMobile suggests that Samsung is testing another variation of the Note 4, this time with Snapdragon’s upcoming 810 system-on-a-chip.
At the current time, this model of the device is reportedly only being tested for carriers in South Korea, possibly including LG+, SKT, and Olleh. So while the Snapdragon 810 might make it to some version of the Galaxy Note 4 in Korea, the chip isn’t expected to hit any retail devices in the United States until the next lineup of flagship Android devices such as Samsung’s Galaxy S6 and the LG G4. This Korean device. if it exists, likely won’t see release until around the time the S6 launches.
The Snapdragon 810, packing an Adreno 430 GPU and ARM’s big.LITTLE technology, has been in the news a lot lately, with some recent rumors suggesting that said next-generation devices might see some delay coming to market due to problems manufacturing the chip. Yesterday, however, Snapdragon provided an official statement saying that the 810 is “on track” and that devices sporting it are expected in the first half of 2015.