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Samsung Galaxy S III gets a quad-core version with 2GB of RAM, only for Korea

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Samsung Galaxy S III gets a quad-core version with 2GB of RAM, only for Korea
The Samsung Galaxy S III is launching in a couple of varieties across the globe - internationally, the SGS III with model number GT-I9300 has a quad-core Samsung Exynos chip and 1GB of RAM, and that’s a pretty potent combo already. Stateside, though, the Galaxy S III strips the Samsung Exynos clothing for a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 chip with a dual-core Krait processor with built-in LTE, but doubles the RAM to 2GB.

Now, here’s a combination that brings the best of both worlds - a Samsung Galaxy S III with both a quad-processor AND 2GB of RAM. Bad news? It’s expected to land only on Korea’s SK Telecom in July. 

Samsung Galaxy S III gets a quad-core version with 2GB of RAM, only for Korea
Still, here are the technical details that make this silicon beast of a phone so unique:

- quad-core Samsung Exynos 4412 with CPU clocked @ 1.4GHz
- 2GB of RAM
- 4.8-inch Super AMOLED HD screen
- 4.82 ounces (136.5 grams)
- 0.35 inches (9mm)

Of course, SK Telecom’s GS III features a 2,100mAh battery, like all other versions and comes with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich preloaded. We don’t expect this to come to stateside, and possibly anywhere else except for Korea, but it’s a hint of what to expect in the near future from high-end handsets. 

Thanks, samsungyesterday!

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posted on 08 Jun 2012, 06:20 9

1. hung2900 (Posts: 714; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)


LTE + quad-core + 2 GB Ram?
My GS3 international looks obsolete now, due to another version of GS3

posted on 08 Jun 2012, 07:59 4

13. g2a5b0e (Posts: 1928; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


It doesn't have LTE, but the quad + 2GB is still better spec than anyone else is getting.

posted on 08 Jun 2012, 08:04 5

15. ph00ny (Posts: 565; Member since: 26 May 2011)


It says LTE next to the model name

posted on 08 Jun 2012, 09:38 1

22. skymitch89 (Posts: 982; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)


Where does it say that the Korean version has LTE? There's nothing that say the Korean version has LTE. In fact, if you cared to look at the photo, it says "N/W: HSPA+" for all devices in view.

posted on 08 Jun 2012, 09:45 2

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


The photo says Galaxy S3 (SHV-E210S) is an LTE phone. :) For your information, SK Telecom is launching both 3G (SHW=M440S) and LTE phones.

posted on 08 Jun 2012, 11:20 2

33. g2a5b0e (Posts: 1928; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


Then, I stand corrected. However, this begs the question of why we've been being fed all this bulls**t about how the quad Exynos & LTE aren't compatible. Are they just on different chips in this version? Does that mean the Korean version is thicker? I would have no problem lugging around a slightly thicker phone if it had LTE, quad, & 2GB. I think most would agree.

posted on 08 Jun 2012, 12:20 2

36. ph00ny (Posts: 565; Member since: 26 May 2011)


Korean version is slightly thicker but that could be due to the DMB tuner addon

US just sucks for mobile industry and they never said LTE wasn't compatible. Most tech sites have speculated that korean market may receive the exynos quad and LTE.

US market is a tricky beast with varying technology/bands etc.
Unbranded devices are hard to come by
Carriers have tendencies to ruin devices with bloatware or crap firmware

posted on 08 Jun 2012, 19:48

39. groupsacc (Posts: 232; Member since: 28 Feb 2012)


Maybe because its their home market. I don't know.

Hey, I'm from Australia, and if Samsung's Australian, I wouldn't mind getting the best version of the product exclusive to home market every now and then. :)

posted on 08 Jun 2012, 09:39

23. skymitch89 (Posts: 982; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)


It's not LTE, it's HSPA+.

posted on 08 Jun 2012, 09:48 2

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


That model supports both HSPA+ and LTE, OK?

posted on 08 Jun 2012, 11:01 1

31. FAW-Q (Posts: 63; Member since: 29 Jul 2011)


All of you GS3 Fans just got kicked in the balls by Samsung!

posted on 08 Jun 2012, 11:11 3

32. ph00ny (Posts: 565; Member since: 26 May 2011)


How so? They've said it during the announcement that LTE will be a factor for international releases from day 1.

posted on 11 Jun 2012, 02:24

49. Doakie (Posts: 843; Member since: 06 May 2009)


Don't care. I will still pre-order the T-Mobile Galaxy S3 the day preorders are accepted... Get out of here iTard. I heard a rumor that Cook has been looking for you, he needs his "iPhone" polished.

posted on 08 Jun 2012, 06:21 3

2. Tjey007 (Posts: 86; Member since: 22 May 2012)


Thats not fair :(

posted on 08 Jun 2012, 06:27 1

3. ahomad (Posts: 131; Member since: 15 May 2012)


not ONLY for Korea, its been all around the internet. its going to the US, Canada and some European countries as well, you are to late phonearena. this info has been around for over 2 weeks now

posted on 08 Jun 2012, 06:29 2

4. hung2900 (Posts: 714; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)


Read the whole article precisely

posted on 08 Jun 2012, 06:30

5. Tjey007 (Posts: 86; Member since: 22 May 2012)


really?? source??

posted on 15 Jun 2012, 13:47

52. swagswagswag (Posts: 1; Member since: 15 Jun 2012)


he is probably right because i went to an at&t store to preorder by gs3 and there was a samsung rep there. he told me at&t's gs3 would have the exynos 4 core processor and 2gb of ram. he also said it wouldnt have a front button.

posted on 08 Jun 2012, 06:32 4

6. Victor.H (Posts: 381; Member since: 27 May 2011)


What makes this unique is that it's a combination of a quad-core Exynos with 2GB of RAM. So far, we've only heard about dual-core chip with 2GB of RAM, and a quad-core with 1GB, not both a quad-core processor and 2 gigs of RAM.

posted on 08 Jun 2012, 08:30 1

18. ph00ny (Posts: 565; Member since: 26 May 2011)


You forgot to list LTE and most likely DMB tuner capability

posted on 08 Jun 2012, 19:53

41. groupsacc (Posts: 232; Member since: 28 Feb 2012)


All Korean phones have DMB as standard since like six years ago, unless you are buying el-cheapo phones.

posted on 08 Jun 2012, 06:35 4

7. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


LG gained a new competitor for its monsterspec phone.

posted on 08 Jun 2012, 06:53 6

8. Sangeet (Posts: 225; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


See at one place that is Korea the home company is treating it's people with Double of Ram and one place Taiwan where the home company that is the HTC is treating their people with an old processor, whatever may be the reason behind it but this is happening to the people of Taiwan by HTC

posted on 08 Jun 2012, 07:02

9. Max-1363 (Posts: 4; Member since: 03 Jun 2011)


Indeed Korea will get a nice update on their GALAXY S3 Devices but honestly I don't think there will be any situation that need all 2GB of RAM to perform solid, at least not in 2012.

posted on 08 Jun 2012, 07:12 1

11. hung2900 (Posts: 714; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)


Yep. Do you want in the future your phone is unable to be stock updated due to the lack of RAM like Galaxy S?

posted on 08 Jun 2012, 09:19 1

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


its not about what it can or cant do today.. its about what it will still be able to do in the future.... aka futureproofing.
Also, more ram equals better performance with bigger page file sizes for games and apps.

posted on 08 Jun 2012, 11:52 1

35. jove39 (Posts: 1206; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Many others think so...including me...I am gonna run ubuntu on this beast

posted on 08 Jun 2012, 19:56

42. groupsacc (Posts: 232; Member since: 28 Feb 2012)


I can't never get enough of RAM, from opening all those multiple tabbed browsing, music listening, and sometimes switching between playing games, all at the same time.

posted on 08 Jun 2012, 07:08 1

10. wendygarett (unregistered)


so the rumor is true... But not for us...

posted on 08 Jun 2012, 07:39

12. Non_Sequitur (Posts: 1111; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)


Is there any way to import this into the U.S. and change the language? I would get an AT&T SIM right now if I had this phone.

posted on 08 Jun 2012, 08:04

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


The GS3 for Korea does not support the US LTE frequency bands; US and Korea are using different frequency bands for the LTE service.

posted on 08 Jun 2012, 08:20

17. bloodyrabbit (Posts: 1; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


But if you buy this phone.
You can use this phone in 3G(HSPA) mode.

posted on 08 Jun 2012, 08:38

19. ph00ny (Posts: 565; Member since: 26 May 2011)


Not sure which hspa band SK uses but typically korean HSPA devices aren't compatible with US HSPA bands (different frequency)

posted on 08 Jun 2012, 09:49

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


well, yea.. android supports dozens of languages. its as simple as picking "english" when you turn on the phone. :) English is a very common second language in korea, so the option will be there.

posted on 08 Jun 2012, 08:16

16. ph00ny (Posts: 565; Member since: 26 May 2011)


Does the korean version also come with DMB tuner and extra battery like every other galaxy model released in korea prior to the s3?

posted on 09 Jun 2012, 04:57

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


Probably it still will have a dmb tuner. They just released a new samsung galaxy r(that already has the same touchwiz nature ui as the s3) and has dmb. I don't see any reason for samsung to remove the dmb tuner for their flagship.

posted on 08 Jun 2012, 09:21

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


any word on what hspa+ frequencies it supports?

i was mulling over the idea of importing an exynos version.. if its compatible, obviously Imma go for this international device. :)

posted on 08 Jun 2012, 09:51 1

27. a961009 (Posts: 97; Member since: 04 Aug 2011)


As I am korean, I can read the text in the picture. Galaxy s3 with 2gb ram comes with Lte,Dmb tuner. Galaxy s3 with 1gb ram is just similar as int. Version. I think US people cannot use Gs3 lte because the lte band in korea uses 1900mhz(not sure but it is not 700/800mhz) moreover, korean telecoms like SKT do not unlock the phone so u guys cannot use it. AND Phonearena, I heard that Japan's GS3 lte uses 2gb of ram. So I think it is not ONLY IN KOREA.

posted on 08 Jun 2012, 10:31 3

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


a96,

the american versions and japanese versions are getting 2gig of ram, but they are also getting the downgraded S4 chip instead of exynos for LTE compatibility. The korean version is the only one getting exynos AND 2 gig of ram.

posted on 08 Jun 2012, 10:11 2

28. lzsbleach (Posts: 155; Member since: 20 May 2012)


This isnt fair...!

posted on 08 Jun 2012, 10:31 2

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


Well, they're showing their love for their beloved country..

posted on 08 Jun 2012, 11:29 1

34. jaytai0106 (Posts: 822; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


Now I want to import one of those babies to play with. Even though I have the One X but this will be more awesome than the AT&T version of SGS3 by far. Even without LTE, I can careless because there is no LTE at where I live anymore, but do have hspa+ though. Fast enough for my use :)

posted on 08 Jun 2012, 13:00

37. tech-head (Posts: 132; Member since: 02 Sep 2011)


I'm gonna wait till later this year around the time iPhone5 comes out so I can get the Samsung Galaxy SIII Super Rocket True HD.........lol

posted on 08 Jun 2012, 13:45

38. A.aoudi (Posts: 125; Member since: 14 Feb 2012)


That is seriously not fair although I like Sammy but this was my all time anticipation that a quad core will have 2 gigs of Ram.

posted on 08 Jun 2012, 19:51 1

40. Travelblogger (Posts: 1; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


I'm currently in Busan, I'm still using my iPhone 3G with a cracked screen. We will be in Busan until the end of July and I was really hoping to buy a new phone here!

So this phone looks really tempting but phone shopping in Korea is almost not possible! Also I'm a little nervous about the functionality would be outside of Korea. I'm a travel blogger and moving to a new country every 3 month. Do you think it would work on other countries 3G/LTE networks.

posted on 08 Jun 2012, 21:10

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


This is not fair! They should release this version of galaxy s 3 internationally. I know it is the treat of samsung to their fellow koreans but look when you go out of the streets of korea, many are still using an iPhone. But I don't think samsung will stop releasing just one version of the galaxy s 3 just like before-galaxy s(available in pink,white and black back covers),galaxy s hoppin, galaxy s 2(available in pink,white and black), galaxy s 2 lte(available in black and white), galaxy s 2 hd lte. They just keep on releasing different versions, why not release one with the best specs you can offer so you can sell more products?

posted on 09 Jun 2012, 08:18

45. puffedup (Posts: 2; Member since: 09 Jun 2012)


For some people who are talking about LTE frequencies in Korea, here is the exact information.
SK telecom is currently providing LTE in 800Mhz and planning to provide it also in 1.8Ghz within July. Therefore I think the SK SGS3 will be able to use both 800Mhz and 1.8Ghz for LTE, and, of course, 2.1Ghz for 3G service.

posted on 09 Jun 2012, 08:38

46. puffedup (Posts: 2; Member since: 09 Jun 2012)


And why is SGS3 dualcore(S4) in US? Anybody have the most reasonable explanation?
It is definitely not because Samsung can't make it, given this SK telecom SGS3.
Then is it because Samsung is not capable of providing it stably in the states, or is it because of the problem within telecom companies in US? Some Koreans suspect there was a backdoor contract between Samsung and Qualcomm.

posted on 10 Jun 2012, 00:59

47. chungyong (Posts: 1; Member since: 10 Jun 2012)


Gooooood!
Exynos + LTE must be a greatset phone.

posted on 10 Jun 2012, 01:05

48. pancrassian (Posts: 1; Member since: 10 Jun 2012)


The Reason why Korean version of Galaxy S3 has 2GB RAM is as follows. In Korea, DMB(a free terrestrial mobile TV and available only in Korea) in a smartphone is a must. To accomodate this DMB, Korean version of Galaxy S3 must have 2GB RAM and be a little thicker than international version.

posted on 14 Jun 2012, 10:44

50. prisoner737 (Posts: 1; Member since: 14 Jun 2012)


I am a korean so I tell you true facts

First, In korea, samsung release 2 version of galaxy s3. One is international version(quad core. 1G ram , no dmb,and only in SKTelecom) other is "korea localize version".

Second, korea localize version have quad core ,LTE .DMB and 2G ram.

Third, From now on, korea just have IMEI white list. In that law, provider don't consider about sim lock or country lock, so all of model is already unlocked , release after 2009/09.

4th, So you can use galaxy s3 korea localize version, if you can buy it here(korea) and your service-provider use 2100MZ umts(hspa) service. because it is already unlocked ! (I listen before , at&t and T-mobile have 2100mz umts network. not certain please check it)

5th, My english is bad !

posted on 15 Jun 2012, 00:24

51. Pupil (Posts: 1; Member since: 15 Jun 2012)


I'm a little bit luckier than you are guys... I am right now in South Korea and as soon in the going to come out to SKTelecom I will be first one to get it!!!!!

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