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Quad-core Samsung Galaxy S III with LTE connectivity coming to three Korean carriers July 9th

Quad-core Samsung Galaxy S III with LTE connectivity coming to three Korean carriers July 9th
The Korean version of the Samsung Galaxy S III will be quad-core and run over LTE

The Korean version of the Samsung Galaxy S III will be quad-core and run over LTE

Now who says that you can't have it all? Samsung, playing on its home court of Korea, will be offering a version of the Samsung Galaxy S III that not only has a quad-core Exynos  processor, but also includes LTE connectivity. As you probably remember, because of the poor integration between quad-core processors and LTE radios, most handsets offering LTE speed are using the dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8960 S4 as a replacement. While not quad-core, the S4 has performed quite admirably in benchmark tests. It's the same reason why AT&T's version of the HTC One X doesn't feature the Tegra 3 like the International model does.

But starting on July 9th, a trio of Korean carriers, SK Telecom, KT and LG U+, will be offering a version of the Samsung Galaxy S III that not only is powered by the quad-core Exynos processor, it also will feature LTE connectivity. This version of the most wanted phone of the year thus far, will have a 2,100mAh battery, 2GB of RAM and DMB TV tuning. Will there be some sort of karmic payback? Most likely the Koreans totin' this model will be addicted to finding a place to plug in the phone's charger. From the moment they get up in the morning, to the time their head hits the pillow, these Samsung Galaxy S III owners will be consumed with one thought in their mind: I have to plug in my phone. And that's despite a 2,100mAh battery that is no slouch. But it probably will be worth it for the quad-core Exynos speed and the ability to run the Samsung Galaxy S III over zippy LTE pipelines.

source: SamsungTomorrow via Engadget

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posted on 05 Jul 2012, 05:09 5

1. Mitchel (Posts: 228; Member since: 25 May 2012)


Killer phone.

posted on 05 Jul 2012, 05:23 6

2. RangersK (Posts: 59; Member since: 15 May 2012)


Why not in the states?

posted on 05 Jul 2012, 09:11 3

9. dickwyn (Posts: 552; Member since: 07 May 2012)


if it were in the states it would break massive sales records

posted on 05 Jul 2012, 05:36 3

3. CivicSi89 (Posts: 348; Member since: 23 Jul 2011)


Because America's LTE isnt compatible with the Quad Core processors.

posted on 05 Jul 2012, 05:45 2

4. mikeguy1981 (Posts: 52; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)


I would love to see this here in the U.S.A. with a bigger battery but if released now i would be a bit upset since i just paid full price for a dual core s3. I suppose you have to have something more to look forward to in the galaxy s IV in 2013. That is unless u believe the world will end on dec 21 this year, in that case enjoy your last phone.

posted on 05 Jul 2012, 07:05

6. mercorp (Posts: 954; Member since: 28 Jan 2012)


Why not switch off Lte by default,and turn it on when needed?

posted on 05 Jul 2012, 07:15

7. tiara6918 (Posts: 1242; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


I wonder what took them so long to arrive in south korea while these phones are made in korea itself. Did they give the galaxy s2 lte/hd lte some time before it's already considered old?

posted on 05 Jul 2012, 11:41

10. cncrim (Posts: 419; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)


Im happy if hspa compatiblewith that spec.

posted on 05 Jul 2012, 12:19

11. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5483; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


lucky...bastards. >.

posted on 05 Jul 2012, 14:58 1

12. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


over exaggerate much on the battery? lolol. "i just woke up.. my phone has been on the charger all night.. i need to find another place to charge it!" lol

easy answer.. turn LTE off unless you are doing heavy streaming.

I would still kill to get my hands on that version. quad core and 2gig ram. :) i want to see the benchmarks.

posted on 05 Jul 2012, 20:04

13. thnkthru3 (Posts: 71; Member since: 25 Dec 2011)


Someone must have paid off money somewhere dumping these Qualcomms into both htc and samsung high end phones for the USA.

posted on 07 Jul 2012, 01:04

14. SvbZero (Posts: 27; Member since: 07 Jun 2012)


Don't get me wrong.. I'd love to have this phone.. But because of not knowing when the US would get the S III.. I went for the One X. You can't go wrong with either phone . And that the S4 can put up a 5,500 Quadrant Standard score being dual-core.. The One X is actually a pretty impressive phone itself :)

posted on 07 Jul 2012, 01:17

15. SvbZero (Posts: 27; Member since: 07 Jun 2012)


However.. after the recent forced OTA update pushed to the One X from HTC.. I've yet to see a single Quadrant Standard score touch 5,000 :( Hopefully HTC will repair the damage done.. The OTA update was pushed early June

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