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Galaxy S4 to Launch in Korea Packing a 1.8GHz Exynos Octa-core Chip

The Samsung Galaxy S4 will launch in Korea packing a 1.8GHz Exynos octa-core processor.

The device will be released in Samsung's home country with the company's new and super powerful chip, according to the FCC. The Korean version will actually sport a more powerful CPU than most other nations, as the chip on the international version only clocks in at 1.6GHz.

The Korean version will also support various bands of LTE. This has angered some Samsung fans, who feel every market should have the opportunity to purchase this faster version. The device will launch in other nations with a Qualcomm quad-core chip. Korea certainly has a clear advantage.

Around three quarters of the first 10 million Galaxy S4 models will come with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 CPU instead of the company's own Exynos 5 Octa processor.

The System LSI division is having issues ironing out the performance and design issues before it could mass produce the device to satisfy the overwhelming demand. Samsung plans to ship the device to as many markets as possible and using the Exynos 5 Octa in most models would slow production down significantly, according to the Korean site ETNews.

Bold predictions for Samsung Galaxy S4 are already being made, as analysts predict the smartphone will double the company's lead over its competitors such as Apple and Nokia.

The device has already become the most pre-registered smartphone in the history of U.K. retailer Carphone Warehouse, showing the immense demand for the device.

Samsung is expected to increase its lead over Nokia currently at 5 percent to 11 percent, according to IHS Research analysts.

The group recently released a list that ranked the top Global Unit Shipments for 2012, which had Samsung in the lead with 29 percent. Nokia came in second with 24 percent and Apple was third with 10 percent.

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