Samsung GALAXY S II for T-Mobile will not have an Exynos chip

Samsung GALAXY S II for T-Mobile will not have an Exynos chip
One of the few remaining mysteries surrounding the Samsung GALAXY S II for T-Mobile is what chip will be providing the smartphone with processing power. So far, we know that AT&T's and Sprint's versions of the handset will both sport a 1.2GHz Exynos silicon, but this will most probably not be the case when it comes to T-Mobile's variant.

Word comes from Philip Berne, Samsung Telecommunications Marketing Manager, who made it clear that T-Mobile's version of the Samsung GALAXY S II will be using a different dual-core processor. Which one would it be exactly? Of course, that information remained undisclosed, but there are a few silicons out there that we can think of.

Although NVIDIA's Tegra 2 is one of the possibilities that spring in our minds, the chip has been around for quite some time now and simply doesn't seem suitable for a device meant to be given flagship status. The 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm APQ8060 processor, on the other hand, seems like a much more plausible option. It is what was found to power the Samsung Hercules, which is most likely the code name for the T-Mobile GALAXY S II model. Such a move seems logical, as the Qualcomm chipset supports HSPA+ connectivity of up to 42Mbps, while the Exynos chip tops out at 21Mbps. Perhaps, the carrier will make its GALAXY S II version stand out of the crowd with 42Mbps 4G connectivity?

Of course, all of that is pure speculation, so take it as you will. However, the truth will most likely be unveiled soon as T-Mobile will probably launch the smartphone in the forthcoming weeks.

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source: TechnoBuffalo (YouTube)


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  • Display 4.5" 480 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S3, Dual-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1850 mAh(7.00h talk time)

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46 Comments

1. pokerc unregistered

must get this phone!!!!

2. pokerc unregistered

for sprint

3. Krishaun27 unregistered

Im lookin fwd to seeing the benchmark scores without the Exynos chip.

33. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

they already had the hercules benchmarked at around 3000 on quadrant. Thats what made us think it was an exynos to begin with. Its been the only non modded chip so far that breaks the 3k barrier.

4. Kenshiro unregistered

So, wait. T-Mobile's variant is using an inferior CPU and the trade-off is a hypothetical download speed? Screw the 8060 and 42 Mb/s, give us the 8672 or nothing at all. Nexus Prime is right around the corner anyway.

5. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

i agree. i would much rather have 21mb/s theoretical downloads and an exynos over 42mb/s and a crap ass snapdragon processor. I've been dying for the SGS2 to launch, now its gonna break my heart as i SKIP IT. Hopefully at the worst its a clocked up OMAP.

6. kenshiro

Posts: 42; Member since: Sep 12, 2011

It wouldn't be so bad if they were using a faster 1.5 GHz Snapdragon to compete with the 1.2 Exynos. But if this article is true and they are using an old 1.2 GHz Snapdragon...? I will pass and just hold out for the Nexus.

12. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

1.5ghz snapdragon IS NOT faster than a 1.2ghz Exynos. Clock speed does not denote power.

13. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

The only good thing is that it doesnt say what chip or clockspeed it could be using. I'll hold my breath for a 1.5ghz OMAP. At least that would be close to the exynos in power.

11. PimpStrong

Posts: 310; Member since: Jul 25, 2011

You don't wanna be stuck on non-ICS for nearly a year anyway do you? US GS2 = a LONG wait for an OS upgrade.

14. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

We dont know that. We also know that samsung embraces and helps the developer community and regularly drops off different software versions at their door. There's a good chance there will be ICS roms shortly after its release.

22. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

...LOL! ohhh remixfa, you poor dog. xD welcome to the OMAP club buddy.

32. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

you have no idea how much of a sad panda I am about this crap. lol. I guess ill be holding out for the Nexus Prime after all... waaaaaaah!

42. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

that's okay, like you know already, the differences will be quite minimal.

25. PimpStrong

Posts: 310; Member since: Jul 25, 2011

ROMs are one thing but look at the Vibrant and Galaxy S 4g. Still on 2.2. and 2.3 has been out for 9 months now. Unless 4.0 is actually easy to lay on top of 2.3, the TMO GSII will take eaqually as long to update and I don't see how anyone can doubt that.

26. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

your logic is flawed because you're assuming the process of upgrading to ICS will be the same as any other version of Android but ICS will be different because it will bring a vast amount of changes to the platform and Google themselves has said they intend to bring down the degree of fragmentation that you're speaking of.

7. nanandella unregistered

You people crack me up with your benchmarks. Ask any developer on XDA and they'll tell you after the galaxy s that Samsung purposely tweaked files to post abnormally higher benchmark scores. I can take a G2X, a Sensation, Evolution 3D and inside of 5 minutes post you a Quadrant score over 4000. What does this mean people? The rhetorical answer is.......NOTHING. Every CPU/GPU has its own strengths and weaknesses in some areas the Adreno 220 outperforms the VR and visa versa. The only benchmark that means anything right now is CF. Quadrant is so out of date, not even optimized for dualcore, and easily manipulated by changing a couple files. If your going to have an opinion have an educated one.

8. iankellogg

Posts: 155; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

I would love to read more into this, do you have any references I could read?

9. Galen20K

Posts: 568; Member since: Dec 26, 2008

Exactly, I'm glad somebody here has some sense. All these benchmark sheep around here are ridiculous.

31. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

If you're talking about changing the old RFS files to the ext4 format then that change over does result in actual better performance, it's no trick. I know because i've done it on my mom's Droid Charge. Even if the Quadrant Scores are inaccurate we use an educated process of extrapulation and factoring to come to the best conclusions and it's not that hard when you observe and compare the benchmarks of similar sets that Quadrant is accurate with like the S2, Hummingbird and OMAP3. Benchmarks are Benchmarks it's just a matter of understanding what they really mean to us in the end.

34. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

yes, quadrants are easily manipulated by I/O manipulation which is actually more prevalent in the snapdragon mods than the hummingbird/exynos. The reason being that the snapdragons run the I/O clock in a way that boosts its score. If you look at the breakdown on the full version of quadrant or any benchmark, nearly half of a snapdragons total score is I/O which is a useless test. On the hummingbird the I/O score is smaller but its superior graphical and 3d capabillity bring the score up higher than the over all score of the snapdragon anyways. There is no I/O trick on the hummingbird. It is a full file conversion from RFS which is an antiquated file system, to EXT4 which is the file system used in Gingerbread. It makes the entire phone perform faster. Its not a trick or a glitch. Its what every phone on 2.3 gingerbread uses as a file system. That was where the "gains" by going to 2.3 were made. Benchmarks are never accurate, but when taken UNMODDED they still give you an accurate ideal of where chipsets lie in relation to each other. EVERY bench comes up with this order S3 Snapdragon < Tegra2 < OMAP < Exynos. Either they are all wrong, or u dont have much of a point. And if you break down the S3 snapdragon's scores, its only marginally better if at all when compared to a Hummingbird on Ext4. Its a crap chip. Heck, my hummingbird still posts better FPS by 10-20fps in every test over a sensation clocked at 1.2ghz. Thats actual FPS, not a generic benchmark. So your right.. if your going to have an opinion, have an educated one.

10. kenshiro

Posts: 42; Member since: Sep 12, 2011

Hey, Nanandella. What about my opinion is not educated? Hey, I got an idea. Show me data that proves Exynos is not better than the Snapdragon and proof that your XDA developer friends aren't themselves not educated and their opinions skewed, or STFU. No one gives a sh** about quandrant scores, or a bunch of Tegra fanboys posting on an XDA forum.

15. bucky

Posts: 3774; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

21. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

lol...you beat me to it. Yea, they FINALLY reviewed it....and for the benchmark fiends ....overall the Exynos is an absolute beast. Gotta give Samsung props, even if you dont like their phones. Tegra 2 is ok too, Folks hating on the chip in the Droid 3 and Bionic...it held its own too. Reading that Anandtech review....thats why some ppl dont like that this phone has a Snapdragon.

16. nanandella unregistered

Tegra2 fanboys? There's a reason Samsung just hired the lead developer from CyanogenMod. I'm not going to argue with ignorance. Compare the Adreno 220 in a phone like the Sensation to the Mali 400 in the Galaxy S2. I won't post "fanboy " research but in many areas it trounces it. For instance the Galaxy S2 uses a lower Res screen then the sensation this equates to the Sensation utilizing more CPU power to push that resolution. If I over clock the Sensation to 1.5 ghz to compensate for the qhd display it beats the galaxy s2 in CF Benchmark and Antutu both of these support dualcore. Can I notice any difference in day to day use after a little overclocking to beat the galaxy s2 in all these benchmarks? Absolutely not. I'm using the Sensation as an example but the same can be said for a few other phones as well. Its all in how you want to look at it.

20. CostcoHotDogs unregistered

Your just mad you got yourself the sensation and found out that the SGS2 is way better. It's OK tell yourself: you did the right thing and that there will always be something better BS- it will make you feel better=)

35. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

first off, dual core phones are hardly touched by resolution. They did a test between 2 tegra2 phones.. the LG G2X and The Atrix. The atrix has a much higher resolution. You know what the difference in FPS was on the same test? about 1-2 FPS. THAT IS NOT A DISCERNIBLE DIFFERENCE. I realize u obviously like the Snapdragon S3 chipset. If you do, thats great. Those of us here in the big boy camp like the big boy toys, and if u want them.. u have no choice but samsung. Best screens, best processor, and most connectivity options all reside in the samsung camp. Those of us that have been waiting patiently for our turn with the SGS2 DO NOT want a substitute chip. Its that easy. We want the exynos paired with the super amoled screen and all the other goodies. We do not want a sub par snapdragon chip infesting the phone. Even at 1.5ghz, the sensation cant hold a candle to the SGS2. It doesnt have the horsepower nor the ram to do it. The sensation at 1.2ghz runs the same as my SGS1 with EXT4 at 1.2ghz. Ive benched them both with multiple tests. My SGS1 out does it in FPS tests 100% of the time.. by a large margin... on dual core optimized tests!

43. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

look out! remixfa's angry about the Galaxy S II's snapdragon AND HE'S A FIRIN' HIS LAZER!

45. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

can u tell the lack of exynos is a sore spot with me? lol.. especially when someone tries to convince me that its ok that it has a frikkin snapdragon. a 3 legged dog is not as fast as a 4 legged dog on a caffiene rush.

17. Isseyphresh

Posts: 4; Member since: Sep 12, 2011

Samsung Exynos>Qualcomm snapdragon hands down! Any side by side test will confirm that ....no use for benchmarks when real world performance clearly indicates which is the better soc.

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