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Samsung Galaxy S III variant for Korea may be the world's first quad-core LTE smartphone

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Samsung Galaxy S III variant for Korea may be the world's first quad-core LTE smartphone
If you live somewhere in Europe and want to get a Samsung Galaxy S III, the model that you will be offered at a carrier's retail store will have a quad-core Exynos processor, but no LTE. Of course, you don't really need that connectivity feature since it has yet to be widely adopted by carriers across the continent. On the other hand, LTE-enabled Galaxy S III models are available on the U.S. market, yet they come with a dual-core Snapdragon S4 chip instead of Samsung's quad-core silicon.

It looks like it will be up to the Korean Galaxy S III variant to combine the best of both worlds. We say that because several independent sources report of a quad-core LTE Samsung Galaxy S III model that is to be released in its homeland next month. In fact, that device is expected to become the world's very first quad-core LTE smartphone, and if that is not impressive enough, 2GB of RAM will be present under its hood for seamless multitasking.

This hardware configuration, however, comes at a cost. You see, the reason why U.S. Samsung Galaxy S III versions have a dual-core Snapdragon S4 inside them is because the chip comes with an integrated LTE radio. The result is improved power efficiency, and therefore, increased battery life. But the aforementioned Korean Galaxy S III version will come with two separate chips: a quad-core Exynos processor and an LTE radio, which will put an extra strain on the device's battery. Besides, the extra silicon is a possible explanation as to why the unit will be thicker by about half a millimeter.

But at the end of the day, is it really worth sacrificing battery life by cramming all that power-hungry hardware inside a smartphone? The quad-core Exynos processor is not necessarily faster than the dual-core S4, so in reality, there might not be that much of a difference when it comes to real-life performance. But you know, a cutting-edge specs sheet is what gets smartphone aficionados excited, which is why this quad-core LTE Galaxy S III is definitely going to get lots of attention at home. 

source: Olleh (translated), Chosun (translated) via The Verge

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posted on 25 Jun 2012, 06:53 3

1. dickwyn (Posts: 594; Member since: 07 May 2012)


why korea only ?

posted on 25 Jun 2012, 07:00 6

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


Because it's their beloved country.. They don't want LG to dominate there.. And some trivia here, they are the largest company on South Korea & their former CEO is the richest man on their country too.. lol

posted on 25 Jun 2012, 07:12 3

3. Jericho (Posts: 302; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


Korea Rulez!!!!

LoL This article felt like sour grapes to me.

posted on 25 Jun 2012, 08:18 2

4. ph00ny (Posts: 598; Member since: 26 May 2011)


lol at Exynos quad core not being faster than dual core s4

Did you leave out the graphics performance? CPU performance to CPU, quad core A9 (tegra3 included) is much faster than dual core S4 but dual core S4 seems to making up for it in IO performance which could be contributed to either kernel tweak or architecture

posted on 25 Jun 2012, 08:35

8. remixfa (Posts: 13903; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


I/O is a junk meter at this point. Its a number thats easily fluffed and has been for a while.

posted on 25 Jun 2012, 08:19

5. Zumo911 (Posts: 22; Member since: 02 May 2012)


I hope Big Red is pushing the S3 back to get their hands on this version of the phone. That would be awesome.

posted on 25 Jun 2012, 12:22

18. Ubi2447 (Posts: 131; Member since: 14 Feb 2012)


Never gunna happen. Imagine that drama from people after the phone has already been pushed back and back and then had another version sold prior to this. People would be rioting that they got a dual core but the guys a week later got a quad. It would fuel peoples notion that Verizon is money grubbing and they would say "Oh here we go again. It's the Razr all over again... 'The Samsung Galaxy S3 Maxx!' blaw blaw"

The best thing to hope for at this point is for Samsung to put it in the US variant of the Galaxy Note 2 and that Verizon will get it. It's only a few months away so we'll wait and see.

posted on 25 Jun 2012, 08:32

6. nnaatthhaannx2 (Posts: 820; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


So.... I'm a little puzzled here.

Why doesn't a quad core processor work on US Lte service?
What exactlly is the problem that causes this?

posted on 25 Jun 2012, 08:50 1

11. TylerGrunter (Posts: 905; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)


It's not the quad core that is not working.
LTE radios in US are different than in Korea or Europe. So in order to make it work in the US you need to add a second chip for LTE, which in order causes a lower battery life (as you need two different chips, one for CPU and one for radio). In order to avoid that they normally use the Qualcomm ones that have the CPU and the LTE (US) radios integrated and use a lot less battery.
Apart from that some of those LTE radios chips are built in 45 nm and not precisely efficient, which has caused that the first LTE models in the US were battery hoggers. They are trying to avoid the same mistake.
But saying that the S4 performs as the Exynos Quad, well... repeating a lie as it were a Mantra doesn't make it more true. Exynos Quad is around 30 to 40% better performer both in CPU and GPU.

posted on 25 Jun 2012, 09:33

13. nnaatthhaannx2 (Posts: 820; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


Okey dokie.

Thanks man.

You get cookie.

posted on 25 Jun 2012, 12:36

19. Ubi2447 (Posts: 131; Member since: 14 Feb 2012)


It's also important to note that a Quad core LTE chip is not very high on most companies's priority list (well, maybe higher now than a year ago due to demand) because 2 of the biggest markets for smartphones is the EU and Asia, which doesn't have nearly as wide of LTE coverage and therefore very little demand for a LTE chip. LTE is very new and often none existent in much these markets so there's not much point in devoting a bunch of research, time and money to build a new chip which will only be sold in a couple markets around the world. It makes sense to provide for the majority first. It's a smarter financial choice to build one or two chips that will make everyone (world wide) happy.

I do look forward to seeing what becomes of these. Maybe we'll see this chip in the Galaxy Note 2.

posted on 25 Jun 2012, 08:34 1

7. remixfa (Posts: 13903; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


not necessarily faster? Its 30%++ faster according to all the benchmarks with huuuge FPS differences during GPU testing.

posted on 25 Jun 2012, 08:38

9. Zumo911 (Posts: 22; Member since: 02 May 2012)


thing is you'll probably need a second battery on hand for that power here in the US

posted on 25 Jun 2012, 08:45

10. mercorp (Posts: 969; Member since: 28 Jan 2012)


I would switch off LTE and go for 2g speeds by default if I buy this phone in order to save battery life.

posted on 25 Jun 2012, 09:03 1

12. bayusuputra (Posts: 941; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)


give me a 5mm thicker SGS3 with quad core and LTE, coupled with extended battery.. That phone is already thin, half a cm wouldn't hurt so bad, especially with killer specs inside..

Really, why making phones more and more anorexic when you can go all out with few extra millimetres on the waist? Isn't modelling industry starting to move in that direction, too, giving the models a few extra pounds so that they wont look like a walking skeleton?

posted on 25 Jun 2012, 11:23

14. teerex42 (Posts: 159; Member since: 14 Jun 2012)


Couldn't have said it better myself phonearena (The quad-core Exynos processor is not necessarily faster than the dual-core S4, so in reality, there might not be that much of a difference when it comes to real-life performance) You people need to get off this 30 40% faster sh*t...again, verizon which I have, has 4G LTE PLUS 2gig of ram. A little tidbit from one of many articles regarding quad versus dual core, granted it's from a tmobile site who won't have 4G sorry :-) A little tid bit from this link below:

http://www.tmonews.com/2012/05/editorial-why-a-snapdragon-s4-galaxy-s-iii-is-awesome/

2GB of RAM instead of 1GB of RAM means that Android can manage more in memory at once more quickly. What isn’t often mentioned is that this benefit offers a performance increase that is greater than having more CPU cores, since the Dalvik VM can aggressively manage memory better than it can handle threading and delegating threads to multiple CPU cores. Plus, more CPU cores takes more power, which eats away at battery quite a bit. More RAM with a dual-core processor instead of less RAM and a quad-core processor will offer far greater benefits on a smartphone. As for the CPU type, let me explain why I am of the opinion that the Snapdragon S4 is better than the Exynos 4.
just settle the hell down, the snapdragon will do juust fine :)

posted on 25 Jun 2012, 11:27

15. SmartPhoneStream (Posts: 160; Member since: 21 Jun 2012)


I would still take S4 version because i would get better battery life and Quad COre processors aren't even utilized by Android

posted on 25 Jun 2012, 12:03

16. remixfa (Posts: 13903; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


not true at all. once Android was optimized for multiple cores with Android 3.0 and 4.0, it can take nearly every variation of multiple cores. As long as the hardware manufacturer updates a few lines of codes, Android can handle the extra cores with ease.

posted on 25 Jun 2012, 12:09

17. SmartPhoneStream (Posts: 160; Member since: 21 Jun 2012)


what i mean is that many of the games in the Google Plays tore aren't optimized for Quad core and even dual core, while Android itself can handle Quad Core few games can. and most games that can are made for Tegra 3 and Tegra 2 (Tegra Zone) And Battery Life is very important to me as i'm not always near an outlet to charge my phone so that's why i would choose the Snapdragon version.

posted on 25 Jun 2012, 16:25

20. ph00ny (Posts: 598; Member since: 26 May 2011)


Games are optimized for GPU not SoC and many of these SoCs even in their dual core formats have had multiple GPU cores

Did you know that you can play tegra optimized games even with AA turned on with a simple plugin that translates tegra "optimized" code into standard openGL?

posted on 25 Jun 2012, 21:15

21. tiara6918 (Posts: 1402; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


Samsung, many people in korea are still using an iPhone. If you want to sell more devices, then selling this 4GLTE+Quad core on some countries and carriers that already supports it might not be a bad idea. Also, I won't be surprised if the galaxy s3 in korea will come in pink/red

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