OCTA UNBOX: Exynos-Edition Galaxy S 4 Unboxing and First Boot (Video)

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Yes, yes: we know the official English-language prefix for “eight” is “octo,” but you have to agree that octa just sounds -and looks- a whole lot better. And based on Samsung’s choice of spelling on the box that just rolled into our office, the company agrees with us. Besides, admit it: after a week spent watching us dissect the quad-core American variant of the Galaxy S 4, you’re hankering for a peek at its Exynos-powered eight-core sibling, no matter how we spell it.

Behold: the phone we Yankees call the “international version” of Samsung’s latest Android flagship, known to its friends as the Galaxy S 4 – but you can call it the GT-I9500. It’s packing an HSPA+ radio, a 5-inch 1080p S-AMOLED display, and the same Midnight Black paint job we’ve come to know pretty well over the past week. But oh, that chip underneath it all. It’s different. So different.

More thoughts on that in the week ahead, though. For now, tune in to our Galaxy S 4-edition Pocketnow Weekly podcast, or fire up today’s Galaxy S 4-focused episode of the Pocketnow Live reader hangout – then foist your eyeballs on the video below to check out the contents of the faux-wooden box that ferried this phone to us. Drop your octa-themed thoughts (and requests!) in the comments below, and stay tuned for much more on Samsung’s latest superphone from Pocketnow.

If you want an eight-core version of the Galaxy S 4, you can grab one at Negri Electronics.

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Michael Fisher
Michael Fisher has followed the world of mobile technology for over ten years as hobbyist, retailer, and reviewer. A lengthy stint as a Sprint Nextel employee and a long-time devotion to webOS have cemented his love for the underdog platforms of the world. In addition to serving as Pocketnow's Reviews Editor, Michael is a stage, screen, and voice actor, as well as co-founder of a profitable YouTube-based business. He lives in Boston, MA.Read more about Michael Fisher!