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Samsung: Galaxy S4 for U.S. has four cores, not eight

The smartphone maker confirms that its next flagship phone will feature a quad-core processor instead of its octa-core chip.

Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung's Galaxy S4 may come with an octa-core processor in some countries, but here in the U.S., it'll rock a quad-core processor. Sarah Tew/CNET

It's official: Samsung's Galaxy S4, the marquee device due out in the upcoming weeks, will feature a quad-core processor instead of a chipset bearing eight processing cores.

Samsung had kept us guessing when it first announced its Galaxy S4 in New York last month, saying only that in some regions, a 1.9GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 series processor would rev the GS4's engines, and Samsung's own 1.6GHz eight-core Exynos 5 Octa silicon would take care of others.

In addition to some promising processing muscle, the Galaxy S4 features a 5-inch full-HD Super AMOLED display, the Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean OS, and a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera.

In anticipation of record sales, Samsung is blanketing the U.S. with its phone. The Galaxy S4 will be carried by AT&T, Cricket, C Spire, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless, and will also be sold through Best Buy stores, Costco, RadioShack, Sam's Club, Staples, Target, and Walmart in the coming weeks.

Each carrier and store will announce its own pricing structure for the smartphone, which Samsung makes in 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB capacities. T-Mobile's S4 will go on sale April 24 for $149.99 down and monthly service payments that are likely to be $20. Sprint's Galaxy S4 will debut on April 27 for $249.99 with a two-year contract.

For even more details on features, photos, and video, hop on over to my Samsung Galaxy S4 hands-on preview. Get the low-down on the GS4's fitness accessories here.

Updated at 3:25 p.m. PT: to include pricing information.

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