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  Reply # 789795 30-Mar-2013 23:23
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jeffnz: I see the cyanogen Mod team have said they aren't interested in supporting another Exynos device and whilst I don't usually use CM it isn't an issue.

I liek the idea of 8 core's but don't really understand why they would do it, have read its going to be due to supply issues but who knows.

A lot of the open-source ROMs use CM (or at least parts of the kernel) as a base. Not having the CM devs work on the Exynos platform does make long-term support look very unsure.

For those that don't know the saga already, Exynos is pretty much unsupportable by the open-source community. The most important bits of Samsung's firmware are closed-source binaries, which are tied to a specific Android version. This makes it nearly impossible to support newer versions of Android unless Samsung also decide to support that version. Samsung did promise to support the developer community, but so far they've done almost nothing to back up those promises. The most they've done is to provide a source repository for the Exynos reference hardware, but the code in it is quite proken an in no way compatible with what's on Samsung's Android devices.

The Snapdragon chipset is quite a different story. Qualcomm are much more open with their source code, and it's very easy to adapt new Android versions.

Personally, I'd only buy the Snapdragon version. At least then you're not reliant on Samsung for support, and can run alternate firmware that doesn't have exploitable lock-screen flaws.

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  Reply # 790276 1-Apr-2013 19:42
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Greaver:
kanerossnz: Expected price from telecom is RRP $1149


Save $350 and order an HTC One from noels this weekend : P


Cheap for a reason...

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  Reply # 790312 1-Apr-2013 21:02
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Come now friendly jabs are fine but stupid comments are just that


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  Reply # 790319 1-Apr-2013 21:13
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Greaver: Come now friendly jabs are fine but stupid comments are just that


so how would one judge which is "a friendly jab" and what was  "a stupid comment"  Laughing




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  Reply # 790330 1-Apr-2013 21:52
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  Reply # 791803 2-Apr-2013 17:01
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jeffnz: I see the cyanogen Mod team have said they aren't interested in supporting another Exynos device and whilst I don't usually use CM it isn't an issue.


That wasn't true.


Setting Device Expectations

Let’s start with the simplest form of this: CyanogenMod does not pre-announce support or lack of support for devices. Ever. Even for the Nexus 4, we did not announce support until a nightly build was available. Further, any announcement regarding the ‘dropping’ of device support will be communicated via this Google+ page, Twitter, Facebook, our blog, or a combination of those; it will not be something buried in a forum post.

This morning, a comment from a CM collaborator on XDA was taken to be as an ‘absolute’ in regards to support of the S4. He offered the opinion of four TeamHacksung maintainers, their frustrations and lack of interest in supporting the S4. What’s seemingly lost on those reading this is that his comments as an individual do not speak for CyanogenMod as an organization.

As for the team’s stance on the S4, there isn’t one at this time, and most definitely won’t be one before the device is sold at retail.

-The CyanogenMod Team

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  Reply # 793783 5-Apr-2013 11:49
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It is confirmed Telecom will carry the quad core version and it will be $1149 and now also available in Warehouse Stationary for pre-order. I paid for one today since I gave my Nexus 4 to my wife :)




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  Reply # 793784 5-Apr-2013 11:51
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Wondering what the chances of it getting cheaper the closer it gets? Anyone remember what the RRP was vs what it was selling for on Day 1 in local stores (Non parallel imported)?

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  Reply # 793790 5-Apr-2013 11:57
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$1149 for 16GB version is a bit stiff tbh.

I am definitely getting the 32GB version, will hold off for that.



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  Reply # 793791 5-Apr-2013 11:58
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mrgsm021: $1149 for 16GB version is a bit stiff tbh.

I am definitely getting the 32GB version, will hold off for that.


16GB + 64GB SD for me.


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  Reply # 793821 5-Apr-2013 12:52
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From Sammobile site says that Europe due to get their's (snapdragon) as from 16th week, (late April) so probably looking at us as sometime mid May, much same as for the S3 although blue version was June.

Price is a bit steep so hopefully get a 20% off like last year as well at the Queens Birthday sale?.

Still not sure I'm happy about getting Snapdragon, yet to be convinced lets put it that way.




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  Reply # 793826 5-Apr-2013 13:11
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...Queens Birthday... 


By the time that Vodafone make their offering available for pre-order, it'll probably be a Labour Weekend deal!



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  Reply # 793840 5-Apr-2013 13:41
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rogercruse:
...Queens Birthday... 


By the time that Vodafone make their offering available for pre-order, it'll probably be a Labour Weekend deal!


I believe that Telecom jumped the gun, and VF and 2D will be ready I'd expect for release date, they will not miss out on such a big release. 


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  Reply # 795903 9-Apr-2013 23:26
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not sure if been discussed but how is the screen? more the good ness of Note 2 or the badness of s3 or none of the above?

also anyone knows if the dac is wolfson?



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  Reply # 798092 11-Apr-2013 21:24
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http://bgr.com/2013/04/10/galaxy-s4-benchmarks-exynos-snapdragon-428414/?utm_source=trending-widget&utm_medium=home

Am I reading correctly that the Octa is 3G Only no LTE?

Faster Phone or Faster Internet?

I can live without LTE not so much without DC, but I'll opt if available, for the faster phone as the phone I use all day every day, the Internet not on WiFi maybe 5 minutes a day at maximum.

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