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Samsung Galaxy S III rumored to come at MWC 2012 with a quad-core chip, a Galaxy S 3D could also be in the making

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Samsung Galaxy S III rumored to come at MWC 2012 with a quad-core chip, a Galaxy S 3D could also be in the making
The next Samsung flagship, probably the Samsung Galaxy S III, has been rumored yet again to arrive at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in February 2012, and expectations are that it will run on a quad-core processor. Previously, a leaked slide allegedly coming from Samsung stated that the device will feature a 1.8GHz dual-core processor.

This time, the news comes straight from Korean publication ETNews, and it suggests that Samsung has opted for a quad-core solution. The yet unofficial Exynos 4412, a 32nm quad-core Cortex A9 chip is one candidate rumors have been trying to tie up with the allegedly upcoming Galaxy S III. Other more unlikely options include the Exynos 5xxx lineup which includes such chips as the dual-core Cortex A15-based Exynos 5250. The problem with that is timing - the Koreans will only have the chip later in 2012.

Otherwise, here’s what we can expect from a Samsung Galaxy S III:

- big, possibly 4.6” HD (1280 x 720) Super AMOLED Plus display, 
- LTE connectivity, 
- Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich 
- camera capable of capturing 1080p video, rumors say a 12MP shooter.

Other somewhat surprising news from the rumor mill is that Samsung is actively working on 3D. The technology didn’t really catch up widely with only two 3D phones released stateside - the HTC EVO 3D and the LG Thrill 4G. It’s not yet clear to what extent Samsung plans to integrate 3D, but ETNews says that it’s possible that the Koreans release a separate phone focusing on the feature - probably a Samsung Galaxy S 3D.

The name definitely makes sense as company’s Galaxy S lineup has been a huge success bringing over 30 million sold units in the couple of years it’s been on the market.

source: ET Times via UnwiredView

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posted on 27 Dec 2011, 04:55 7

1. abdane (Posts: 494; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)

hope it have the flexible OLED displays ! ^_^


posted on 27 Dec 2011, 05:26 5

3. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)

if the galaxy S III had a flexible screen, i won't buy. not yet standard enough


I made this one. :) i also gave my wanted specs here. take time to read. :)
you can see my name there, lol.

posted on 27 Dec 2011, 07:19 1

15. abdane (Posts: 494; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)

oh and what about the Intel chip ? o.O

posted on 27 Dec 2011, 11:21 1

40. the_s2 (Posts: 239; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)

Phones should be phones... no flexible stuff! (maybe im still living in 21st century :p )

posted on 27 Dec 2011, 11:23 2

41. trollhunter (Posts: 7; Member since: 17 Dec 2011)

Bullet proof AMOLED screen and an entire stainless steel body would be a dream come true. I can tie a rope to the end and start swinging it like a morning star!!!!

posted on 27 Dec 2011, 05:20 7

2. gznmember (Posts: 2; Member since: 08 Sep 2011)

actually, the 5250 will almost definitely be powering the SGS3.

Exynos 4210, aka Orion, was said to be scheduled for 1H 2011 mass production when the announcement came in late 2010. All was revealed in MWC when the SGSII was unveiled. It was later rolled out worldwide by June/July, exactly on schedule.

The same thing is happening here. Announcement coming in late-2011, with the SGS3 as the release vehicle in Q2 2012.

Now, you might be thinking, what about the 4212 and the 4412? Sadly I cannot answer this. However I want to make clear that the 5250, with dual-A15s will certainly perform better than quad-A9s. Samsung knows this. Being Sammy's flagship, the SGS3 will never be forced to settle for an inferior SoC, especially since OMAP 5 and NovaThor will be shipping by then.

One will also note that the 4412 was never officially announced - and never will. It has no reason to exist. My theory is that the 4212 will go into a second-place Galaxy R II device.

Lastly I advise Phonearena to do a little more research before publishing silly speculation in future articles.

posted on 27 Dec 2011, 09:37 2

29. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

the 4212 has plenty of reason to exist. there is more than just "ultra high end" and "cheap". Samsung has split the line into 4 different variants based on specs and pricing. The exynos 4210 dual core chip is about to be phased out for the 4212. The 4210 "may" be relegated to other companies.. but more than likely it will just fade away into chip heaven. The 5xxx series quads will be in the flagships like the S3, the dual cores will be in the sub flag ships.. maybe that 3D they were talking about.... and so on.

posted on 27 Dec 2011, 12:17

45. gznmember (Posts: 2; Member since: 08 Sep 2011)

Your reasoning is more or less sound.

However I imagine having a 2-core flagship alongside a 4-core 2nd-place phone will only serve to confuse consumers. (case in point, wsker's comment below)

Besides, why couldn't samsung just buy tegra 3 instead? What's the point of committing tons of resources to design a second-rate SoC? 4212 is understandable as it's only a die-shrink and clock boost. 4412 is not.

Also I don't expect quad-A15s to be out next year. Maybe 2013... or a samsung nexus 4?

posted on 27 Dec 2011, 05:27 3

4. Hunt3rj2 (Posts: 396; Member since: 11 Nov 2011)

If the SGS3 is released with a 1.8 GHz quad-core Cortex A9, HTC and Motorola will undoubtedly destroy Samsung and be laughing all the way to the bank.

Unfortunately Samsung's Galaxy S is their crown jewel, and since they can make a massive amount of hardware in house, from SoC to RAM and flash NAND, it'll probably have a dual core Cortex A15 and postively destroy any Cortex A9 SoC and also probably edge out the Snapdragon S4.

posted on 27 Dec 2011, 09:59

31. bucky (Posts: 2579; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


posted on 27 Dec 2011, 05:35 5

5. ivanko34 (Posts: 617; Member since: 04 Sep 2011)

Better and better

posted on 27 Dec 2011, 05:36 5

6. wsker (Posts: 24; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)

Dual-core = FAIL.
Samsung has to be on the top by lifting up to quads ;),

Quad-core = Me buying it :)

posted on 27 Dec 2011, 06:04 2

7. thebikerboi2 (Posts: 144; Member since: 01 Apr 2011)

well samsung better live up to the performance that they are promising after nvidia had such a performance flop with the tegra 3

posted on 27 Dec 2011, 07:34 6

19. c.hack (Posts: 609; Member since: 09 Dec 2009)

Why don't you just strap on an AMD hexacore processor on the back - it will have much the same effect - a high priced handwarmer.

posted on 27 Dec 2011, 06:28 6

8. arcq12 (Posts: 733; Member since: 13 Oct 2011)

no matter how superior these galaxy s phones are than others, i still wont buy any samsung products.. they have great specs and at the same time poorest quality..

posted on 27 Dec 2011, 06:56 8

12. Martine (Posts: 102; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)

What's ur definition of quality?

posted on 27 Dec 2011, 10:31

32. gallitoking (Posts: 4718; Member since: 17 May 2011)


posted on 27 Dec 2011, 10:49 7

36. GeekMovement (Posts: 2156; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)

it's better than shattering cheap glass...

posted on 27 Dec 2011, 11:27

42. gallitoking (Posts: 4718; Member since: 17 May 2011)

but is also cheap

posted on 27 Dec 2011, 10:36 3

34. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)

samsung galaxy s phones are some of the most durable material..just cause its plastic does not mean its not good quality...be;ieve it or not the military uses plastic alot so if its good for the military,plastic cant be that bad...my definition of build quality extends to how its put to together ie screws,if theres any squeaky areas,gaps etc etc and the gs2 international version has no issues like that...every complains about the ''flimsy'' back and people dont realise that its very flexible and is very hard to break....what i consider bad build is example a few of the new htc devices,due to the way the back cover is the shell of the phone,you can actually push the screen in,also the fact that most of the antenna plates are on the back aluminium plate,can cause antenna issues and now thats what i call bad quality...i think theres a big difference between poor build quality and feel of the phone...feel of the phone is subjective,some like the light feel and warm feel of plastic where as others like the feel of a heavier phone and the cold feel of the aluminium..theres nothing wrong with what you prefer but i dont think we should confuse biuld quality with the feel of a phone...and yes am sure samsung use cheap plastic for there low model devices bit i would guess they use good quality plastic for there flagship devices lol shock yes there is a poor and good quality plastic.

posted on 27 Dec 2011, 11:06 3

38. iamcc (Posts: 1319; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)

I was never a Samsung fan but after owning my GT10.1 and now my Galaxy Nexus, i'm hooked.

I owned the OG Droid, the DX, the Thunderbolt and I used to buy all HTC WinMo phones but I have been 100% converted to Samsung.

Don't know what you're talking about when you say poorest quality...

posted on 27 Dec 2011, 15:30

48. Phullofphil (Posts: 801; Member since: 10 Feb 2009)

I actually had a samsung omnia and actually still have it in my room for a mp3 player and if it was not for the fact it has a resistive touch screen I would have used it a lot longer. It was Verizon's better phones but as with the galaxy nexus Verizon really does not advertise any samsung products that much and I think that's weird

posted on 27 Dec 2011, 20:44

52. GremlinUKSA (Posts: 6; Member since: 27 Dec 2011)

totally agree. Every time I consider a Samsung smartphone, I lift it up and its feel ultra-cheap. Regardless of the tech specs, it does not feel substantial like HTC or Moto phones. I don't mind thin and lightweight but at what cost???

I need some metal, aluminum, gorilla glass, etc.

posted on 27 Dec 2011, 06:43 11

9. hunted (Posts: 403; Member since: 21 Sep 2011)

The scariest news for Apple. Come on sammy!!!!

posted on 27 Dec 2011, 07:33 3

18. c.hack (Posts: 609; Member since: 09 Dec 2009)

Cheap hardware, poor reception, clumsy OS, unweildly size and short battery life. Which on of these is scary?? Just another cheap Korean crapware phone.

posted on 27 Dec 2011, 07:46 7

22. hunted (Posts: 403; Member since: 21 Sep 2011)

Oh!! do you think apple give great hardware for their phones?? have a test between 800mhz dual core and a 1.2GHZ dual core. which one do you think will have better performance

posted on 27 Dec 2011, 09:30 3

28. Firedrops (Posts: 249; Member since: 06 Sep 2011)

Yeah, and to think Apple had to misleadingly advertise it as a 1GHz dual-core.

posted on 27 Dec 2011, 10:34 2

33. gallitoking (Posts: 4718; Member since: 17 May 2011)

the 800mhz runs faster in the iphone... than the 1.2 dual core

posted on 27 Dec 2011, 12:07 2

44. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1717; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)

You mean the OS runs better. Well yea its a dumbed down app launcher. 800mhz is not faster than 1200mhz. sorry bro maybe you need to go back to kindergarden and learn numbers

posted on 27 Dec 2011, 11:08 2

39. iamcc (Posts: 1319; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)

Dude, what happened to you?

You used to make (somewhat) quality comments. Now you are just a complete troll... I miss the c.hack that actually made sense half the time.

We never agreed, but that's OK. Now you are practically The_Miz 2.0

posted on 27 Dec 2011, 12:05

43. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1717; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)

2.0 would mean hes an improvement he is like Alpha_The_Miz

posted on 27 Dec 2011, 15:36 1

49. Phullofphil (Posts: 801; Member since: 10 Feb 2009)

Yeah that is a lame coment. I personally love my galaxy nexus better than my iPhone. That being said I still like the iPhone and think apples app store is still better in terms of game quality than android. But not much and not for long. I am sure it's going to be like a x box and play station thing where they both are about the same. App wise android has some clear advantages. But I am looking forward to windows getting better hardware

posted on 27 Dec 2011, 06:46 2

10. Darnelll (Posts: 18; Member since: 27 Dec 2011)

I really hope its not 4.6 inches! These phones are getting massive! It would be nice if it had a 4.6 option and a 4.0 option. Hipsters don't get iPhones because they're trendy, they get them because they're the only phones small enough to fit in their skinny jeans.

posted on 27 Dec 2011, 06:52 1

11. nanozander (Posts: 90; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)

Another manufacturer trying to squease 12mp outa a tiny sensor..

posted on 27 Dec 2011, 06:58 8

13. Martine (Posts: 102; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)

Actually, Sammy got a well proven 12MP phone well before any manufacturer and Nokia N8 with its "Tiny Sensor" still remains the best Camera phone today.
So what are you gonna say now?

posted on 27 Dec 2011, 07:17 1

14. warlockz (Posts: 156; Member since: 10 Oct 2011)

Wonder when it will have a state wide release, prob when the sg4 gets announced, ridiculous.

posted on 27 Dec 2011, 10:41 3

35. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)

blame your carriers,am sure if samsung could release it at the same time or similar time as the international versions then they would,but your carriers want to modify the phone which delays the phone and then they also want to decide when to release it.

posted on 27 Dec 2011, 07:23 5

16. DROIDX0430 (Posts: 468; Member since: 24 Nov 2010)

Here we go again...more waiting and hype--just like the Nexus on Verizon with so many problems. Signal, battery, no hdmi, no external sd, no swype, 5.0 camera, multi-touch issues..As I've already said long ago..Samsung does not build a good phone! Yes, a beautiful, gorgeous display and that's about it. Samsung did not build any great feature phones--so they jumped on the road to smartphones---I know you all remember--The Rogue, The Glyde, The Omnia 1 and 2--just to name a few---catch my drift--what was great about those phones---Resets, multi-touch issues, signal issues ALL on previous phones ...I say they fix what they have on the market instead of launching all of these new series of phones!

posted on 27 Dec 2011, 08:00 6

23. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4834; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)

I have a Samsung Galaxy Nexus & the signal issue is nonexistent. They are going to release an update to the software just so it shows more bars that is it. The signal for the Verizon Galaxy Nexus is one of the better ones for their whole 4G LTE line up. The battery issue is also nonexistent. It lasts about the same or even better than other 4G LTE phones. It kills my HTC Evo 3D 4G WiMAX by a long shot.

I can go on but there is no reason for it. Every phone sold always has issues. There is no phone that you can buy & not do an immediate update to fix any quirky bugs. Tech moves very very fasts & it's just the nature of the beast.

To go as far & say Samsung doesn't make a good phone is silly at best. Samsung would not have sold so many Galaxy S, Galaxy S II & whatever other phones they sell if they were not good devices. Over 30 million is no coincidence, it’s proof of a superior product.

A company who doesn't make good devices is LG. LG consistently makes subpar devices & the sales prove that. They don't sell well in the whole world, not just the U.S. So my point is that the masses do recognize poor products & good products. LG makes poor products thus it's poor sales.

Samsung indeed makes good products thus its great sales. I mean the facts are there. Samsung DOES make good products & there are numbers to back that up. Unless you think that over 30 million people are fooled into buying what you say are bad or not good products, you really can’t refute that Samsung does have great devices. Look at all the ratings they have received throughout the industry, they all have been stellar.

posted on 27 Dec 2011, 08:22 2

25. Cwebb (Posts: 501; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)

Because they have had superior specs and were sold on ever network in the US. If HTC sold the Evo to every network AND it was advertised like Samsung did for its SGS line, it would definitely sell at least 10 mill. Most of those 30 mil are casual buyers who got talked into it by the store salesman and the specs, and didn't go to a place like PA to check the reviews.

Recap:superior specs, great advertising, every network, casual buyers=high number of sales

posted on 27 Dec 2011, 08:41 4

26. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4834; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)

Cwebb the HTC Evo was sold on every network, just under different names.

Verizon has the Droid Incredible series, the HTC Thunderbolt & the HTC Rezound. T-Mobile has the HTC My Touch series, the HTC Sensation & the HTC Amaze 4G. AT&T has the HTC Vivid & the HTC Inspire 4G. They are all the same specs as the HTC Evo 4G & the HTC Evo 3D without the 3D. Some have higher rez displays, some have Beats Audio but they are essentially all Evo’s.

So if you add all those phone sales HTC did very well with those phones here in the U.S. thus it's top handset seller here in the U.S. But worldwide Samsung takes the cake.

"Recap:superior specs, great advertising, every network, casual buyers=high number of sales" holds true for HTC, just as it holds true for Samsung or for any phone that sells well for that matter.

Also how do you know that the majority of the 30 million people who bought the Galaxy line of phones were coerced by the store sales men? You don't think that maybe people just liked the phones once it was in their hands & that they didn't need any sales man to pitch them? I mean you are talking hypothetical here.

posted on 27 Dec 2011, 20:47

53. GremlinUKSA (Posts: 6; Member since: 27 Dec 2011)

@cwebb lol, and because the looked so very similar to an iphone. I walked into an ATT store and told the dude I love my iphone, but I want a 4G LTE phone so he showed me an SGS 2 Skyrocket and I was like "Why would I get a fake iphone? I have an original."

I ended up with the HTC Vivid, which I really love and HTC Sense is the kicker for me.

posted on 27 Dec 2011, 09:26 2

27. DROIDX0430 (Posts: 468; Member since: 24 Nov 2010)

Yeah, but those 30 million were world-wide sales, not US, so the 30 million figure does look good for a New York minute until you digest the numbers. The Fascinate Galaxy S on VW was extinct before it was ever released on Verizon and the poor phone was LAST to receive Froyo. The GS2 series was skipped by Verizon to wait for the Nexus---in which I think they should have opted for the GS2 vice the Nexus--because the Nexus is not a "Flagship" product, with only ICS being the only advantage over any other LTE model on any carrier!

posted on 27 Dec 2011, 09:58 2

30. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4834; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)

Hey that is your opinion vs. over 30 million opinions. So good luck with that. What does the Verizon Samsung Fascinate have do with anything? The Samsung Galaxy S II could have come out for Verizon but they got the better Samsung Galaxy Nexus so what is your point?

Also the 30 million does include the U.S. & if it doesn't then the numbers are even higher which is better for Samsung.

The Samsung Galaxy Nexus is the "Flagship" Android phone. What are you talking about? That phone is better than anything currently out on the market. Do you not read the reviews. Just read this sites review then if you don't believe me.

posted on 27 Dec 2011, 15:53 2

50. Phullofphil (Posts: 801; Member since: 10 Feb 2009)

I think the galaxy nexus is the best phone on Verizon and I personally think it's the best phone I have ever owned. You can't just slap ics on any phone and have it better than the nexus. The fact that it was built for ics with the hardware buttons on the main screen can't be matched by any other phone with physical buttons. My screen is huge and the actuall phone is about the same size as my bionic and droid x excet for thickness. There is no reason to hat on samsung products unless your just a hater. Haters be hating. I think as far as the little things like speaker valume and even battery life motorola is the best but my galaxy nexus gets just almost just as good battery life as my bionic. My iPhone gets way better but that has more to do with the operating system. (not saying iOS is better than ics) my only complaint about the galaxy nexus is sometimes I can't here the phone in a noisy room in my pocket bt at that vibrate solves that. It would be nice to have a sd cad reader but since I set up two 50 gb of space accounts on box.net free on my iPhone I have that ability but I thnk kinda better for storing music movies and such because incan access it Crome any computer anywhere even if I loose my phone. This phone just like any phone is really only limits besides hardware and that can be worked out but it's limits are only what your limits are and really if your determined enough and well smart enough can do anything. The smart thing can get around because most of the time smarter people are usually working on most everything.

posted on 27 Dec 2011, 10:51 1

37. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)

wait samsung dont build good phones,why is it that samsung galaxy s have sold over 30+ million and counting,name me another android OEM that can boast such figures...and they are not releasing a new series,its still the galaxy s series that was announced in 2010 and this is the 2012 version of the galaxy s...they have 1 high end android smartphone a year and update it once a year unlike other oems who have multiple flagship devices a year...whats samsungs 2011 flagship device,the gs2 line,htc flagship device,is it the sensation,sensation,xe,amaze,rezound etc and whats motorolas flagship of 2011,droid x3,bionic,droid,razr,droid 3 etc...thats why i stick with samsung because they dont outdate the phone a week later with another one of their devices,where as with htc,moto a week later they have announced a better version.

posted on 27 Dec 2011, 07:31 5

17. c.hack (Posts: 609; Member since: 09 Dec 2009)

Well said. Putting more cores into the phone is not going to make it a better experience with all the issues you pointed out. Its just lipstick on a pig.

posted on 27 Dec 2011, 07:37 4

20. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4834; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)

Hey I they do make it with a 12MP camera that would be interesting. What I really am interested in the 4.6" 720p Super AMOLED + HD screen. I have the Samsung Galaxy Nexus & the 720p HD Super AMOLED screen on it is a marvel. I can't imagine what the 720p Super AMOLED + will look like. Ohh & let's not mention that crazy sick 1.8GHz quad-core they are working on.

posted on 27 Dec 2011, 07:40 1

21. RamyRamz69 (Posts: 390; Member since: 12 Dec 2011)

If this is a dual core, it will for sure compete with Xperia Ion.

Xperia Ion already has a 3D camera though...best of luck to both :)

posted on 27 Dec 2011, 08:20 4

24. henrickrw (Posts: 408; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)

Cmon Samsung... Keep them coming, altough PA will rate you lower than the Iphone 4S... hahaha

posted on 27 Dec 2011, 12:54 1

46. Johnny_Mnemonic (Posts: 240; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)

You know way , cause PA is the # 1 fan of iphone

posted on 27 Dec 2011, 14:41

47. HTCOE (Posts: 632; Member since: 20 Nov 2011)

im still waiting on news for the galaxy nexus s version

posted on 27 Dec 2011, 17:02

51. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)

Good thing I didn't go out and buy the GSII. Upgrade is next year would be one of the few with quad core phone

posted on 27 Dec 2011, 22:42 1

54. n0m0n (Posts: 2; Member since: 27 Dec 2011)

Is that clock available for download anywhere?


posted on 29 Dec 2011, 02:28

58. n0m0n (Posts: 2; Member since: 27 Dec 2011)

Should I take the lack of a response as a no?


posted on 27 Dec 2011, 23:11

55. k1ng617 (Posts: 264; Member since: 13 Oct 2009)

I wonder if they will create a Galaxy Note II!

posted on 27 Dec 2011, 23:26

56. rockstarlive (Posts: 307; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)

I knew Samsung would join the 3D craze. I tried the EVO 3D, its not bad, just very little support. You tube in 3D is awesome. Looking at some movie trailers made for 3D was cool. After that, its all it can do.

Hopefully Samsung could do more with it.

posted on 28 Dec 2011, 20:28

57. dsDoan (Posts: 229; Member since: 28 Dec 2011)

No 3D on my phone, thanks.

posted on 06 Jan 2012, 17:54 1

59. henrickrw (Posts: 408; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)

f**k all of you. The Galaxy kill all phones to date..!!!!

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