There was a lot of speculation before the Samsung official Galaxy S 4 launch event, and even more after that, since the South Korean manufacturer omitted to talk about the processor powering its next flagship. The new octa-core Exynos SoC was rumored to be at the core of the S 4 but there was also some speculation regarding Qualcomm’s quad-core Snapdragon 600 SoC — the one powering the HTC One.
Now Samsung UK released a statement putting an end to all speculation (and probably disappointing those who were waiting for the octa-core Exynos CPU): “Samsung Galaxy S 4 is equipped with a 1.9GHz Quad-core AP or a 1.6GHz Octa-core AP. The selection of AP varies by markets. In the UK the Galaxy S 4 will be available as a 4G device with a 1.9GHz Quad Core Processor”.
It is not usual for Samsung to fragment its specs beyond global-US regions but it appears that in the UK there will be a Qualcomm processor. There are no details on whether this will be the case for other European countries too but you can speculate away.
Will we see standardization across regions with regards to the Qualcomm CPU (the Note II was the first standardized recent Samsung device to pack the same, Exynos chips, around the world) or will we see further fragmentation US, global, and within Europe?