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Samsung Galaxy Note 3 processor to be country-specific

Samsung's Galaxy Note 3 will, as suggested by earlier rumours, be launching with the company's Exynos 5420 Octa eight-core processor - but only in selected countries, a leak has claimed.

The company's existing flagship handset, the Galaxy S4, is available in selected countries with the company's Eyxnos 5 Octa chip - an implementation of ARM's big.LITTLE concept which includes four high-performance processor cores alongside four low-power cores, designed to swap between the two to conserve battery while still offering performance when required. In the UK, however, the Galaxy S4 uses a more traditional quad-core processor.

Details received by Samsung watcher SamMobile suggest the company is continuing the country-specific launch programme with its upcoming large-format Galaxy Note 3 - but this time, the UK is one of the lucky ones.

According to the site's source, two models will be available at launch: the SM-N900, which includes a 3G radio and the Exynos 5420 Octa processor, and the SM-N9005, which upgrades the system to 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) connectivity but drops the processor to a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core model. Unlike the Galaxy S4, though, both models will be available in the UK: either as SIM-free handsets, or on contract.

The leaked documents claim that the 3G, Exynos Octa-equipped SM-N900 will be available SIM-free or on contract through the Carphone Warehouse. The LTE, Snapdragon 800-based SM-N9005, meanwhile, will be available SIM-free and on contract with 3, O2 and Vodafone - with no mention of EE on the list.

Samsung has refused to comment on the apparent leak, and has yet to formally announce a launch date or pricing for the Galaxy Note 3.

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