When Samsung announced its Galaxy S4 in March, we were there, and one of the things we learned was that the new handset would be bringing with it an exciting piece of technology: an eight-core processor. Known as the Exynos Octa-core, it appears as though Australia might not be so lucky to receive it.

The next flagship phone from Samsung will receive a slight reduction in specifications compared with what was originally announced.

Today, Samsung Electronics Australia has said that:

“Samsung Australia is today confirming that the Samsung GALAXY S 4 will be available in Australia with the Quad-core 1.9 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon Series 600 processor and 4G LTE compatibility.

“Globally, the majority of GS4 LTE versions will come with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon while 3G versions will be equipped with Samsung Exynos.”

It’s not great news for those excited about the announcement in March, although the chip included is the same one also being used in HTC’s One, which is one speedy little thing.

We’re checking with Samsung whether the lack of the Exynos Octa-core processor in the 4G version is due to battery issues from the 2600mAh battery, and also if Australians will see a local release of the 3G S4 and sample the eight-core chip themselves.

Stay tuned.