x PhoneArena is hiring! Reviewer in the USA
  • Options

Samsung Galaxy S III is still penned for an announcement "in the first half of the year”

0. phoneArena 05 Mar 2012, 11:08 posted on

Although we’re back to square one, Samsung did let out some details surrounding its next flagship. In fact, they specifically say that the successor to the Samsung Galaxy S II will “be unveiled in the first half of the year.” So there you have it folks, we can still dream about...

This is a discussion for a news. To read the whole news, click here

posted on 06 Mar 2012, 06:58 1

34. GuiltyBystander (Posts: 199; Member since: 05 Mar 2012)

There's a difference between GDDR5 and DDR5. :)

DDR4 is not even out yet, let alone DDR5, and GDDR5 is for graphics cards only and will never be in smartphones. :(

However, Sammy will most likely use the LPDDR3 RAM which they recently showcased(which is awesome). :)

posted on 06 Mar 2012, 09:30 2

36. remixfa (Posts: 14597; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

oh i forgot the G :) its a G thang. lol

u know what I meant! :)

They probably will go that route. But hey, this was a wish list, not a reality list :)

posted on 06 Mar 2012, 09:25 1

35. remixfa (Posts: 14597; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

a reference device is a specialized device to show off the very best conditions a processor will see. They however are NOT indicative of real life performance. Once you add on all the manufacture overlays, carrier bloat, and change those optimum settings for more cost effective ones, the performance goes down.

Anandtech recently did a performance review of the HTC ONE-X international with the T3 quadcore and the HTC ONE-S with the S4 in it. The ONE-X was pushing something like 75% more pixels with its higher resolution and better screen density, yet still beat the S4 or tied it in most tests. Everything between the phones are equal other than the resolution.

When you look at Qualcomm's "reference design tests", the S4 almost aways wins. Again, the difference is real life vs the fantasy of "best possible conditions". For that reason, I ignore reference benchmarks, and so should you. Only when it is side by side with other chips running the same software like HTC Sense do you get a real feeling for which is more powerful. And on that field, the S4 pretty much failed as it takes 2nd place or a tie at best in over all head to head with the older T3 chip. Not nearly as impressive now, eh?

Yes, they still both edge out the Exynos. The T3 has a massive GPU so it definitely wins on that field. However all of the upcoming Exynos variants handily beat the T3 and S4 with 1 arm tied behind their back. And again, its between a 40-100% improvement from current exynos depending on which chip you are looking at (4212 A9 dual, 4212 A9 quad, 5xxx A15 dual)

Dont get me wrong, the S4 crapdragon is fine. All the chips coming out have plenty of power (though the crapdragon S4 GPU is still CRAP). However it still retains its crapdragon moniker with me as it fails to release itself from its constant last place standing. The T4 and OMAP5 chips are coming out shortly and both are also way stronger than the S4 which will be riding into late 2012/early 2013 until it sees its first major revision which is only a GPU exchange to increase graphics power.

The chip to watch this year is the OMAP5. From all early reports its going to be an absolute monster. It has the best chance of dethroning Exynos as king this year.

Yea, sorry PA has an issue with links lately, its been happening a lot.


posted on 06 Mar 2012, 09:36

37. remixfa (Posts: 14597; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

also, just as a note

if you go to that anandtech article, they are comparing the OneX and OneS with the transformer prime along with others, so its a great opportunity to see the difference between stock ICS on a T3 (prime) and Sense on a T3 (OneX). Sense definitely takes a chunk of juice out of the chip.

posted on 06 Mar 2012, 11:35

38. jabberwocky (Posts: 89; Member since: 21 Feb 2012)

Make up your mind. The S4 is paired with the Adreno 225 still and yes Tegra 3 beats it. So what.

S4 kills it in browser performance, as it should. The only place the Tegra 3 wins is in games - and there you're basically comparing a year-old Adreno 220 overclocked against what is basically a brand new Tegra 3.

There's nothing embarrasing about the S4 performance. Sure, newer chips will come out later this year with more cores, and be paired with stronger GPUs, but S4 will come out with more cores and a better GPU too.

Your constant hate on Qualcomm for doing their own design is a personal vendetta. There is certainly more data to be seen, but at this point it looks like a great choice. I browse 75% of the time and game less than 10%, so the Tegra 3 benches are not impressive.

posted on 06 Mar 2012, 12:32

39. Mario1017 (Posts: 336; Member since: 04 Sep 2011)

The new exy is said to be 26% more powerful. Not 40-100%. And also its like you don't understand that the S4 is still technically mid range chip. Qualcomm is releasing their quad core later this year and you can be sure that that one willbe a match for the omap and exy. This is not qualcomns best.
and yes. Everyone knows sense is heavy. And in some of those marks the one s scored higher than the x. But I would rather see a phone perform well rather than it score high on benchmarks.

posted on 13 Mar 2012, 23:39

40. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)

1080p at 5 inches would be around 440 ppi... The human eye can't distinguish density over 300 ppi, so that extra 140 pixels would be sorta useless

posted on 05 Mar 2012, 14:21 1

24. Bluesky02 (Posts: 1439; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)

I think the SG3 will have a better powerful dual core rather than a quad core.

posted on 05 Mar 2012, 14:39 1

25. Guest_star (Posts: 231; Member since: 30 Dec 2011)

I would just like for other manufacturers to think like samsung does and not to race to be the first with new cores and stuff but to wait for the new stuff to become as best as possible and than to make a phone from it, I am talking about GPU and CPU here because screens are great and because well samsung will put 4 a-15 cores that will smoke away tegra3 and some badass GPU that will smoke tegras GPU, I'm not saying tegra 3 is bad I'm just asking why the rush, I know that being first in industry with something is important but being best is even more important

posted on 05 Mar 2012, 14:49 1

27. skymitch89 (Posts: 1343; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)

Doesn't Samsung have an event planned for sometime this month or next? I'm really sure that that's when we'll see the GS3/successor to GS2.

Want to comment? Please login or register.

Latest stories