Exynos chip out, Broadcom is in for the Samsung Galaxy S II Plus and Grand Duos
posted by Daniel P. / Jan 14, 2013, 2:00 AM
When Samsung revealed its rehashed Galaxy S II Plus last week, we thought it just swept the floors in warehouses and found a few crates of Exynos processors, S-AMOLED Plus screens and 8 MP camera modules left from the times the S II was being churned out like crazy two years ago, and decided to make a Jelly Bean device from the get-go with them as a stop-gap measure, but it ain't the case.
The S II Plus is actually utilizing Broadcom processor inside, not an Exynos chip, and Broadcom is even using it as a reference device for its mobile CPU. The BCM28155 SoC is a dual-core 1.2 GHz ARM Cortex-A9 fabrication with a homebrew VideoCore IV GPU, and the typical for A9s of yesteryear 40 or 45nm production method.
Broadcom's design is a true system-on-a-chip, too, as it has an integrated 21 Mbits HSPA + radio, which might be one of the reasons Samsung went with it for the Galaxy S II Plus. Judging from the picture below snapped at CES's Broadcom booth, the Galaxy Grand and Grand Duos also use Broadcom's solution, so it si not a one-time order by Samsung, but rather a stop-gap for some entry handsets until it integrates baseband radios in the Exynos line.
Why is there so many variants of the Galaxy s2 all using different chip set ? Galaxy s2 i9100 : the original galaxy s2 , the one that ruled all benchmarks . Galaxy s2 i9100G : this variant is found in most parts of Asia , the original is only sold for a while before it was replaced by this , Samsung claims its because the original has heat issues , bulls**t , its just cheaper to produce . This version packs a TI Omap 4430 . Its the phone I am using now . BTW , my friend's original s2 feels faster and more solid . T-Mobile Galaxy s2 : the variant I like the most , with a large 4.5 inch screen and a 1.5ghz snapdragon CPU Galaxy R : one of the cheaper varient of the S2 , looks the same only the CPU is nvidea Tegra 3 and the screen is SLCD Now galaxy S2+ ?
posted on Jan 14, 2013, 2:31 AM 5
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Correction: the Galaxy R uses the Tegra 2, not the Tegra3
posted on Jan 14, 2013, 3:05 AM 6
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