LTE is all the rage in North America this year, but only certain chipsets can take advantage of that. The most popular has proven to be Qualcomm’s S4, and for good reason. The processor combines the new A15 architecture with the advanced 28mm manufacturing process, in addition to on-die LTE support. This equals an all around powerful chip, that also brings great battery life. I’ve been fortunate enough to use it on a few devices, and it has yet to fail me.
The S4 is best known for being the force behind both HTC’s One XL and One S in the US, along with being the chip in Samsung’s upcoming North American Galaxy S III variants. All of this is great for Qualcomm, but may even be a little overwhelming. They have just confirmed that there will be shortages until early next year, and by then competitors like NVIDIA and Texas Instruments should have their own LTE solutions.
One could only expect such a thing due to the latest Snapdragon’s massive popularity, and hopefully it won’t restrict sales. Come time of the Galaxy S III launch we should see how supplies hold up, but in the meantime, who’s enjoying their Snapdragon S4-powered handsets?