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Samsung Galaxy S III to be powered by quad-core Exynos processor?

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Samsung Galaxy S III to be powered by quad-core Exynos processor?
Back in September, we passed along to you some speculation on what the specs of the Samsung Galaxy S III might look like. The information had come from a poster on 4Chan who had seen images of the device and had talked with Samsung employees about it. The 4Chan poster had subsequently given out some rather prescient info on the Samsung GALAXY Nexus, so like the old E.F. Hutton ads, when this guy talks, we should listen. And this mysterious poster revealed that the Samsung Galaxy S III would be equipped with a 2.0 quad-core CPU with 1.5GB of RAM.

Fast forward to present time and a source for Android and Me is saying that Samsung is going to release some handsets early next year that will blow away the Samsung GALAXY Nexus in every conceivable way. That would infer that the new models will have a quad-core CPU at the heart of the phones. If the Samsung Galaxy S III is introduced at the 2012 MWC in Barcelona as the 4Chan poster expects, we could be looking at the Samsung Exynos 4412, a 32nm quad-core product with speeds as high as 1.5GHz using ARM Cortex-A9 cores. The Korean manufacturer is said to be testing the processor and it recently appeared in the Linux Kernel archives.

As for a GPU for the handset, the Mali-T604 was a suggestion made by Android and Me which pointed out that it runs 5 times faster than previous Mali graphics processors. Using a tri-pipe architecture, the Mali-T604 was originally introduced by ARM in 2010 and Samsung became the first partner with access to it, although it has never been used.

We are still a few months away from the MWC in February 2012, so until Samsung takes the wraps off the Samsung Galaxy S III, it's all just a guessing game, albeit one that is fun to play.

source: AndroidandMe

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posted on 21 Nov 2011, 03:14 2

1. Striker (Posts: 92; Member since: 06 Nov 2011)


Yeah, great! I propose, not quad, but six-core processor, 2GB video card and a briefcase for battery. Samsung, change this Android OS, otherwise the next Iphone or Nokia WP will blow you away once again. Don't you know that no matter what hardware you put down, when the software is crap, nothing happens.

posted on 21 Nov 2011, 04:07 6

8. ahmedra2ol (Posts: 27; Member since: 01 Mar 2011)


WTF!! ru talking about Changing Android OS LOOOOOOOOOOL SGS2 people are buing it like hotcakes!!! Samsung is the World Largest mobile producer now if u do not Trust me search "wiki Samsung"
and it is so obvious that you are an IFANE LOL God heals you

posted on 21 Nov 2011, 03:23 5

2. santaclaus (Posts: 52; Member since: 20 Jul 2011)


not to offend anyone

based on my observation, android system is unstable and lousy in managing battery life. for the same 1500mAh battery, android phone can last for only 1.5 days at average. whereas windows phone can last for 2 days for the same battery.

do u think android can support quad core when it cannot even manage dual core?

posted on 21 Nov 2011, 03:50 11

6. XiphiasGladius (Posts: 801; Member since: 21 Aug 2011)


You should read about the advantages of a quad core chipset rather than babbling nonsense about it. Quad core's are said to have better power management and lesser power consumption than the dual cores of today.
In regards to battery life the one to blame are users who doesn't know how to optimize them anyways.

posted on 21 Nov 2011, 05:32 3

12. snowgator (Posts: 3199; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


When Dual core was coming out last year, it was supposed to optimise battery life as well. Ehhh, not so much.

As I.C.S. comes out, the dual core optimation from that may help, but I am not buying it is the end users fault. A lot of the UI overlays eat up battery, and the screen resolutions love them some battery life as well.

I am sure quad-core will be the rage in summer 2012, and Android fans will be excited for them. Android always leads the way with bad-attitude specs. But until the software is designed for it, how much will it matter? It seems to be way easier to put out upgraded hardware on a smartphone than software to use it properly.

posted on 21 Nov 2011, 07:13 5

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


santaclaus,
you couldnt be more wrong.

snowgator,
battery life was "optimized" a bit with dual cores. all dual core phones showed a slight improvement over single core phones at worst, and at best, you get the SGS2 which has phenomenal battery life and even puts the precious iphone to shame. The difference being that HTC uses a battery hog UI, battery hog LCD, and battery hog S3 processors.. and then stuffs an average to below average battery in there.
The S3 had a pretty decent increase in battery life compared to the S2, but it was hampered by everything else... though still worse than every other dual core chip. The biggest factor is how the manufacturer sets up the phone though. Im sure there are many people who have rooted their HTC devices and gotten it optimized even better to where they get great battery life.

ICS is designed for it. Multicore optimized is automatically optimized for anything with 2 cores or more. They dont have to re optimize it for quad cores. As long as manufacturers dont go messing it up too much, we should HOPEFULLY see a good pump in efficiency with ICS.

posted on 21 Nov 2011, 13:21 3

28. Penny (Posts: 1129; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)


@ snowgator

While going from single core to dual core didn't really improve battery life, it is reasonable to assume a reduction in power use with the newer processors.

There are a few reasons we would see this, something we discussed in that article about mobile processors a couple days ago. First, the processor die is going to shrink as the technology moves forward. Smaller die = less power consumption. Second, I would bet that most manufacturers are going to try to integrate more and more chips into one. We have seen this recently with AMD's APUs in the PC market, and you will see this with integrated CPU, GPU, and Radios in mobile devices.

posted on 21 Nov 2011, 13:43 2

29. Dr.Phil (Posts: 897; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


You seem not to understand that a quad core system can run the same processes as a dual-core but cooler and more efficient. We can imagine the processor being like a dam and the processes you need to do being a river. In this case, we want the most amount of water to flow through that dam. If you only had two holes, you aren't getting that much water and the amount of pressure exerted on those two holes is a lot. Now, if you had instead four holes on that dam, you would have more water flowing out and the pressure exerted would be less. The pressure in my example is equivalent to temperature and stress on the processor (and the amount of energy it uses).

posted on 21 Nov 2011, 19:11 1

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


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what phil and penny said.

posted on 21 Nov 2011, 19:50 1

36. RamyAbdelbadea (Posts: 17; Member since: 07 Nov 2011)


what about windows phone that can't support A high resolution ?!!!!
or handle a HD Cameras ?!!!
sorry but i found windows phone so slow , old and closed software

posted on 13 Dec 2011, 15:24 1

42. jove39 (Posts: 1265; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Tons of widgets on desktop are going to suck battery...oh...windows doesn't have widgets...and you can't even have wallpaper background...lol
Another important thing...Android does true multi-tasking...you know what this mean? Try this...on iPad2...if you have one!
Start a voice conversation on skype and then login to webex...It'll kill your skype call...bu11sh1t.

posted on 21 Nov 2011, 03:24 4

3. Mr.Mr.Upgrade (Posts: 425; Member since: 30 Aug 2011)


Speak English not stupid talk,

posted on 21 Nov 2011, 03:25

4. HTCOE (Posts: 442; Member since: 20 Nov 2011)


still rather wait on the Galaxy Nexus S which will be the next version coming in early 2012. also im sure HTC will create a slim super phone sported with ics and a kickstand

posted on 21 Nov 2011, 03:47 4

5. XiphiasGladius (Posts: 801; Member since: 21 Aug 2011)


My next phone maybe. . .

posted on 21 Nov 2011, 03:54 5

7. ilia1986 (unregistered)


Oh yeah! Bring it on, baby!! But I don't think that it'l be just 1.5Ghz. The HTC Zeta is released Q1 2012 with 2.5 Ghz Quad core - so SGS3 coming @ Q2 should have ~ 3Ghz quad core, and 2GB ram. :)

posted on 21 Nov 2011, 04:11 1

9. ahmedra2ol (Posts: 27; Member since: 01 Mar 2011)


What ABOUT the 12 MP camera with 60fps niaha ha ha haaaa :D
I LOVE SAMSUNG BUT pleaseee try to make the next phone not rise in temperature

posted on 21 Nov 2011, 04:14 2

10. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5559; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


too late! the rumors have already set this phone on FIRE! >;D

posted on 21 Nov 2011, 10:40 3

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


booom shakalakalaka.. hes on fire!!!

posted on 21 Nov 2011, 04:55 3

11. kimchman (Posts: 3; Member since: 28 Oct 2011)


Oh Oh Oh

I am waiting for Galaxy S3.

Samsung No.1

kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk

posted on 21 Nov 2011, 06:13

13. bayhuy (Posts: 287; Member since: 23 Jun 2011)


Who needs that?

posted on 21 Nov 2011, 06:52 1

16. remyrz (Posts: 184; Member since: 28 Oct 2010)


power gamers.... -__- i think

posted on 22 Nov 2011, 02:08

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


You only need to think of the concept of the Lapdock to realize why.

posted on 21 Nov 2011, 06:43 4

14. hunted (Posts: 313; Member since: 21 Sep 2011)


lets all hope samsung brings this to USA first

posted on 21 Nov 2011, 06:44 1

15. kimchman (Posts: 3; Member since: 28 Oct 2011)


That's good idea!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

sooooooooo ~~~~~ coooooooooooooool~~~~~~

posted on 22 Nov 2011, 08:20

39. jayrownage (Posts: 10; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)


na uh.

just like the GS2 it hits USA last.

thanks to apple they have to redesign the GS2 losing the button at the middle before it gets to to american hands.

posted on 21 Nov 2011, 07:14 2

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


1.5gigs of ram? i want 2 gigs!!! :)

posted on 21 Nov 2011, 16:16 2

31. ZEUS.the.thunder.god (unregistered)


yeah me too but this is truly gonna be a monster and apple should concentrate on making iphone6 now lol

posted on 22 Nov 2011, 08:22 1

40. jayrownage (Posts: 10; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)


well obviously apple can\'t keep up lol

posted on 21 Nov 2011, 07:15

19. nastynaps (Posts: 93; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


Well if previous releases are indicative of what's to come we can expect this bad boy in that states sometime around Q1, 2013.

posted on 21 Nov 2011, 07:21

21. nastynaps (Posts: 93; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


*that = the

posted on 21 Nov 2011, 07:20 3

20. abdane (Posts: 474; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


it will OWN THE IPHONE 5 ! LOL

posted on 21 Nov 2011, 10:41 2

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


well, yea.. of course, inside every iphone beats a samsung. lol. :)

posted on 21 Nov 2011, 08:52

22. Phoneguy007 (Posts: 218; Member since: 02 Jun 2011)


cant wait to get my hands on this toy!!!!!

posted on 21 Nov 2011, 09:33

23. roldefol (Posts: 2859; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


What are the chances we'll see these phones in the States earlier than Fall 2012?

posted on 21 Nov 2011, 10:11

24. kpfirefighter (Posts: 160; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)


Well we can't even get a release date for the Nexus! So chances are probably Zero to not a chance!

posted on 21 Nov 2011, 11:16 1

27. chris0314 (Posts: 4; Member since: 06 Aug 2009)


they had to take the last samsung exynos out of the american phones because it didn't play well with lte. let's hope that's resolved. rr else we'll be looking at another processor for the american verison.

posted on 21 Nov 2011, 16:09 2

30. ZEUS.the.thunder.god (unregistered)


wooooooo.... now thats a dream phone

posted on 21 Nov 2011, 17:32

32. gallitoking (Posts: 4684; Member since: 17 May 2011)


well keep on dreaming..

posted on 21 Nov 2011, 17:34

33. gallitoking (Posts: 4684; Member since: 17 May 2011)


typical fandroids always dreaming what they cant have... you guys tons of phone right now to choose from... enjoy them.. thet SGSII just came to the states...

posted on 21 Nov 2011, 19:19 1

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


lol, i rember you itrolls dreaming of this fantastic 4 inch super thin iphone5 with no battery issues, siri connection issues, and all sorts of neat stuff. How did that turn out?

posted on 21 Nov 2011, 19:58

37. JGuinan007 (Posts: 631; Member since: 19 May 2011)


I wonder if the Samsung Exynos 4412, and Mali T604 will work with LTE radios in the US or if they will be replaced with Qualcoms or TI chips for US LTE versions (oh what about the big little chips the Samsung Exynos 5122 with 4 ARM Cortex-A15 cores why wouldn't Samsung use these instead on the SG3?)

posted on 22 Nov 2011, 08:45 1

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


the 4212 chip is LTE capable. no worries. :)

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