Samsung executive confirms that U.S. variant of Samsung Galaxy S III will feature dual-core CPU
0. phoneArena 26 Apr 2012, 20:02 posted on
An unnamed Samsung executive confirms what we feared last night when the Korean manufacturer said that the Samsung Galaxy S III would be the first device with quad-core 1.4GHz Exynos processor under the hood; the executive said that in the U.S., a dual-core Qualcomm CPU will be used...
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139. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5688; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
i would hope that it's because they know Apple will incude LTE in the next iteration.
122. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
Taco50, you lost the bet.
you are BANNED. Unless you are proving right here and now that you are nothing but a worthless liar and cant be trusted to stick to your word. :)
11. redrooster13 (Posts: 107; Member since: 20 Feb 2012)
droiddog.com had this story up at 10:35am EST time.
12. dsDoan (Posts: 226; Member since: 28 Dec 2011)
I guess I'll be looking at HTC, then.
Honestly, I'd rather have the quad-core with 3G. Wifi is available everywhere I go.
13. nyamo (Posts: 274; Member since: 19 Mar 2011)
looks like its finally time to start buying iphones on contract to fund my international phones that i want. too bad the carriers are all on the LTE bandwagon all the time. while the speeds are nice, i'll take hspa+ and longer battery
14. xoutrageousx (Posts: 70; Member since: 22 Dec 2011)
10 minutes later and still this is too funny, android users need quad cores, 40mp cameras, super giant screens, and of course the need to lag.
19. dsDoan (Posts: 226; Member since: 28 Dec 2011)
You consider 4.6 to 4.8" screens "super giant" ?
I suppose if you've been stuck with a 3.5" screen since 2007, I can understand your point of view.
111. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)
Get a life looooser. more like jealous¡
15. dallas90733 (Posts: 36; Member since: 06 Mar 2011)
Guess I hold on to my SGS2 a little longer :(
16. ahhxd717 (Posts: 332; Member since: 08 Dec 2011)
Is there a specific reason other chips besides Qualcomm's don't support LTE? Just wondering
39. maxican16 (Posts: 364; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)
I believe it is because Qualcomm is the manufacturer of the LTE chips used here in the states.
41. maxican16 (Posts: 364; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)
Looks like they want the LTE business for themselves.
22. santy (Posts: 60; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)
After seeing what HTC did with One X , Sammy decided to go the same route and keep quads for the holiday season . If they do get the next nexus , it will come with quad.
104. bruindog (Posts: 31; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)
I agree with you. Im hoping for a quad note though =D
131. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4196; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
Quad will be in the Note 2 (or whatever it's called) and hopefully it will stay that way when it makes it to the States.
25. medicci37 (Posts: 1125; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)
Disappointing News. But there were rumors that the processor would be clocoed at 1.8 gigs. So I'm hoping it will at least have a MSM8960 PRO clocked at 1.8 gigs with overclocked GPU.
29. GeekMovement (Posts: 1983; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)
Nooo I don't have high hopes for the Galaxy III anymore. At least they could have installed an upgraded exynos dual-core instead or something.
49. dsDoan (Posts: 226; Member since: 28 Dec 2011)
Exactly. The two reasons I look forward to Samsung flagships are Samsung's processors and displays. The Exynos in the GSII outperformed all competing phone processors that were clocked at the same speed.
If it's not Exynos, it's just another mid-range device.
50. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)
S4 is more powerful plus you get lte.what's dissapointing then.
32. GeekMovement (Posts: 1983; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)
"In Korea, Samsung will use its own solution that will allow the phone to have 3G and LTE connectivity along with a quad-core processor."
What is that solution?? Share it with us, Korea!!
55. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)
Korea uses a different frequency for.late.compared.to the US that's why Samsung is able to make a quad with lte for Korea.
33. MrNobodyWTB (Posts: 27; Member since: 03 Jan 2012)
Then what of T-Mobile? As far as I'm aware, they do not have LTE.
77. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5688; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
they still used the S3 in their version of the Galaxy S II to support HSPA+ 42mbps. it looks like all versions of the Galaxy S3 will use S4s in the States being that AT&T, Sprint & Verizon use LTE & T-Mobile will want to use HSPA+ 42mbps.
34. theBankRobber (Posts: 674; Member since: 22 Sep 2011)
So quad core phones just won't sell this year in the US. So its just a upgrade to a HD screen, wow, talk about hype. This is an example of moving forward way to fast with phones while not making sure newer tech works with each other. Well, its better anyway. Next year will be every SGS2 users upgrade after the 2 year contract. By then people can just get the sgs4 which should have LTE working with the newer CPU/GPU.
36. som (Posts: 768; Member since: 10 Nov 2009)
I want Galaxy S3 at T-Mobile newer dual core is better than quad core draining battery very fast plus phone don't needs 4-core anyway like tablet or laptop. Phone is for talk, text,web and video only no AutoCad or PC softwares that required 4-core. Quad core is phone companies are competing each other to be a top dog but we don't need it.
51. dsDoan (Posts: 226; Member since: 28 Dec 2011)
You can't tell me, or anyone else, what my phone is for. My phone is for whatever I decide to use it for. If you don't want a powerhouse smartphone, then don't look at flagship devices.
On another note: This quad-core processor consumes 20% less power than the old dual-core.
87. -RVM- (Posts: 331; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)
Wow u actually believing their marketing talk about 20% less power ? Lmao. Anyway, what's the point of all this "I NEED MORE COREZ" madness ? Are you buying your new smartphone just for bragging about your benchmark scores or playing boring games with high requirements ?
99. dsDoan (Posts: 226; Member since: 28 Dec 2011)
With your 10 years experience as a Samsung engineer, I'm sure you know, all too well, that their "marketing talk" is a fallacy.
Android is a multitasking OS, so clearly it wouldn't make any sense in the world to have different cores allocated to different processes, as is done on desktop PCs.
I also like how you state "boring games" as if it were fact, rather than your singular minute opinion.
If you want to talk about overpowered specs, then technically the LG Vortex I'm currently using is more than you need. It has a 600 mhz CPU, 512 mb RAM, 32 gb SD card. It runs the OS perfectly, as it comes with vanilla Android stock. It has more than enough power for any app, aside from advanced games. I'm sure you're not using a phone that has higher specs than this, right? Anything more advanced would just be battery wasting bragging rights, no?
38. SprintPower (Posts: 73; Member since: 29 Dec 2008)
which means the S3 will go down the toilet because no one in their right mind is going to spend the money to upgrade from the S2 to a nearly identical S3. They might as well skip the US and move onto the next phone because without the highly anticipated quad core it won't sell. Save your money Samsung and just scrap the US edition.
52. dsDoan (Posts: 226; Member since: 28 Dec 2011)
No! Don't skip the US. If reports are correct, Verizon will finally get their Galaxy S phone. It's unfortunate it took this long, though, and even more unfortunate that it's only a Galaxy SII S.
53. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)
S3 even with dual core is no way nearly identical to the s2...for one it will have a hd screen,slimmer,bigger battery etc and the CPU are.no.way similar...if you know anything about CPU you will know.that the s4 is 28nm where as the s2 is 45nm..that means the s4 is much much faster and power efficient and you do know that the s4 is more.powerful that. The quad core tegra 3...cores are not the whole pic,there is lot.more.that makes a good CPU.
69. sinfiery (Posts: 19; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)
Listen to Taz89..
You may be right that sales will diminish in general because it can't be advertised as quad core in US markets, but to say that no one in their right mind would buy it for that reason is quite ironic.
Smartphone Tech sites should be the niche that understands exactly why it is so, but even here only a few seem to understand there isn't a significant, if any, loss of power, not to mention power versus consumption ratio.
71. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)
I mean lol I would understand maybe the general public just thinking more cores mean better but not people.actually that co
E to these sites etc...expected them to maybe have a not more knowledge than to say hey its dual core that's means.it not good because its the same as last year...
74. dsDoan (Posts: 226; Member since: 28 Dec 2011)
I don't think anyone is saying it's the same as last year. The big deal is that the processor is what makes Samsung flagship phones stand apart. There will be numerous phones available with the S4. Aside from the display, what makes the GSIII any better than the announced competing flagship phones from other companies?
127. SprintPower (Posts: 73; Member since: 29 Dec 2008)
Yeah, Taz89 cracks me up ;-) Give him time. At least he/she is passionate.- What I said was Galaxy S2 owners won't upgrade. There are two factors behind that assumption. 1. The S2 is so new no one qualifies for subsidies yet, and 2. with only a minor display upgrade few will shell out full ticket price out of their own pocket.
Sure, the new phone user walking into a store may buy it, but the loyal fan base who JUST bought an S2 months ago will not upgrade. US sales will be disappointing and that is what I predict will be the headline of a soon to come article.
128. SprintPower (Posts: 73; Member since: 29 Dec 2008)
Heck, I switched carriers to get the S2 (My moniker needs to be changed) so knowing Europe gets quad core and we get crapdragon is kind of insulting.
43. jeroome86 (Posts: 211; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)
Leaning toward Htc one x anyways. Still interest in seeing the design though.
75. dsDoan (Posts: 226; Member since: 28 Dec 2011)
Samsung is worth about the second most profitable mobile device manufacturer. In the world.
54. nelsonl21 (Posts: 18; Member since: 17 Jul 2011)
Ughhhh what a way to ruin a super phone. Anyway what's the point of having unlimited LTE on at&t if your speed will be reduced at 5gb on lte and 3gb on hspa. So yeah its like having a Ferrari with a Fiero engine on it. I prefer to buy the EU version and swap my sim on it as I did with the HTC one X.
56. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4196; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
Pity, that quad core Exynos would've been the only thing that might have torn me away from the EVO LTE... Well, looks like my decision is officially made. Sorry Sammy, but I'm staying with HTC on this one, maybe next time
129. SprintPower (Posts: 73; Member since: 29 Dec 2008)
Thanks for making a point for me. Without the quad core, many people will wait and see what the next model is before switching phones.
59. ironmarc89 (Posts: 50; Member since: 22 Jan 2012)
F**k!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Well hopefully the 3G bands on the international version are compatible with AT&T, if not, AT&T HTC one X it is then....I will lose many nights of sleep bh ehind this lol
70. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)
Lol you do know that the HTC one x will also have s4 dual core
84. ironmarc89 (Posts: 50; Member since: 22 Jan 2012)
because i seen it. Im considering the international version.
65. BravoTeam127 (unregistered)
Well that did it for me, I am gonna go buy an htc one
72. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)
HTC one will not have quad in the US aswel if yaht is your reason not.to get a s3 then you might aswel not get the one as.they both will have the same CPU...believe me the s4 which is similar.to a15 is a great CPU and
76. wendygarett (unregistered)
An executive who did not want to be named??
Clearly another troll made by iphonearena...
80. dsDoan (Posts: 226; Member since: 28 Dec 2011)
I hope so.. this announcement is depressing. They could've at least used a dual-core Exynos. Instead, they used the same processor that will be in every other manufacturer's flagship. So much for standing out from the herd.
81. ThreeFourSeven (Posts: 34; Member since: 23 Nov 2011)
This is a disappointment unless its the Exynos 5250.
83. johamsandwich (Posts: 31; Member since: 18 Apr 2012)
Well that's disappointing. I was torn on getting the EVO 4G LTE and sticking with Sprint, or getting out of Sprint and getting a S3.
Guess I'm sticking with Sprint then.
120. fwinst (Posts: 64; Member since: 08 May 2010)
Did I miss an announcement? Did Samsung or Sprint say that they would not be getting the S3??
85. Mube1 (Posts: 153; Member since: 22 Sep 2011)
Oh just shut up taco and get hell out of this forum
86. rockstarlive (Posts: 307; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)
Hhmm it said variant. Based on more rumors.....there is gonna be 3 dual core versions and 2 quad core versions.
88. Artex (Posts: 7; Member since: 29 Jan 2012)
lol, and US supposed to be the nation of latest technology shame..., Europe is on top!!