Samsung Galaxy S III gets a quad-core version with 2GB of RAM, only for Korea

Samsung Galaxy S III gets a quad-core version with 2GB of RAM, only for Korea
The Samsung Galaxy S III is launching in a couple of varieties across the globe - internationally, the SGS III with model number GT-I9300 has a quad-core Samsung Exynos chip and 1GB of RAM, and that’s a pretty potent combo already. Stateside, though, the Galaxy S III strips the Samsung Exynos clothing for a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 chip with a dual-core Krait processor with built-in LTE, but doubles the RAM to 2GB.

Now, here’s a combination that brings the best of both worlds - a Samsung Galaxy S III with both a quad-processor AND 2GB of RAM. Bad news? It’s expected to land only on Korea’s SK Telecom in July. 

Still, here are the technical details that make this silicon beast of a phone so unique:

- quad-core Samsung Exynos 4412 with CPU clocked @ 1.4GHz
- 2GB of RAM
- 4.8-inch Super AMOLED HD screen
- 4.82 ounces (136.5 grams)
- 0.35 inches (9mm)

Of course, SK Telecom’s GS III features a 2,100mAh battery, like all other versions and comes with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich preloaded. We don’t expect this to come to stateside, and possibly anywhere else except for Korea, but it’s a hint of what to expect in the near future from high-end handsets. 

Thanks, samsungyesterday!

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52 Comments

1. hung2900

Posts: 966; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

LTE + quad-core + 2 GB Ram? My GS3 international looks obsolete now, due to another version of GS3

13. g2a5b0e unregistered

It doesn't have LTE, but the quad + 2GB is still better spec than anyone else is getting.

15. ph00ny

Posts: 2055; Member since: May 26, 2011

It says LTE next to the model name

22. skymitch89

Posts: 1453; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

Where does it say that the Korean version has LTE? There's nothing that say the Korean version has LTE. In fact, if you cared to look at the photo, it says "N/W: HSPA+" for all devices in view.

24. RangersK

Posts: 68; Member since: May 15, 2012

The photo says Galaxy S3 (SHV-E210S) is an LTE phone. :) For your information, SK Telecom is launching both 3G (SHW=M440S) and LTE phones.

33. g2a5b0e unregistered

Then, I stand corrected. However, this begs the question of why we've been being fed all this bulls**t about how the quad Exynos & LTE aren't compatible. Are they just on different chips in this version? Does that mean the Korean version is thicker? I would have no problem lugging around a slightly thicker phone if it had LTE, quad, & 2GB. I think most would agree.

36. ph00ny

Posts: 2055; Member since: May 26, 2011

Korean version is slightly thicker but that could be due to the DMB tuner addon US just sucks for mobile industry and they never said LTE wasn't compatible. Most tech sites have speculated that korean market may receive the exynos quad and LTE. US market is a tricky beast with varying technology/bands etc. Unbranded devices are hard to come by Carriers have tendencies to ruin devices with bloatware or crap firmware

39. groupsacc

Posts: 232; Member since: Feb 28, 2012

Maybe because its their home market. I don't know. Hey, I'm from Australia, and if Samsung's Australian, I wouldn't mind getting the best version of the product exclusive to home market every now and then. :)

23. skymitch89

Posts: 1453; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

It's not LTE, it's HSPA+.

25. RangersK

Posts: 68; Member since: May 15, 2012

That model supports both HSPA+ and LTE, OK?

31. FAW-Q

Posts: 63; Member since: Jul 29, 2011

All of you GS3 Fans just got kicked in the balls by Samsung!

32. ph00ny

Posts: 2055; Member since: May 26, 2011

How so? They've said it during the announcement that LTE will be a factor for international releases from day 1.

49. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

Don't care. I will still pre-order the T-Mobile Galaxy S3 the day preorders are accepted... Get out of here iTard. I heard a rumor that Cook has been looking for you, he needs his "iPhone" polished.

2. Tjey007

Posts: 86; Member since: May 22, 2012

Thats not fair :(

3. ahomad

Posts: 175; Member since: May 15, 2012

not ONLY for Korea, its been all around the internet. its going to the US, Canada and some European countries as well, you are to late phonearena. this info has been around for over 2 weeks now

4. hung2900

Posts: 966; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

Read the whole article precisely

5. Tjey007

Posts: 86; Member since: May 22, 2012

really?? source??

52. swagswagswag

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 15, 2012

he is probably right because i went to an at&t store to preorder by gs3 and there was a samsung rep there. he told me at&t's gs3 would have the exynos 4 core processor and 2gb of ram. he also said it wouldnt have a front button.

6. Victor.H

Posts: 1079; Member since: May 27, 2011

What makes this unique is that it's a combination of a quad-core Exynos with 2GB of RAM. So far, we've only heard about dual-core chip with 2GB of RAM, and a quad-core with 1GB, not both a quad-core processor and 2 gigs of RAM.

18. ph00ny

Posts: 2055; Member since: May 26, 2011

You forgot to list LTE and most likely DMB tuner capability

41. groupsacc

Posts: 232; Member since: Feb 28, 2012

All Korean phones have DMB as standard since like six years ago, unless you are buying el-cheapo phones.

7. jackhammeR

Posts: 1548; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

LG gained a new competitor for its monsterspec phone.

8. Sangeet

Posts: 232; Member since: Apr 21, 2012

See at one place that is Korea the home company is treating it's people with Double of Ram and one place Taiwan where the home company that is the HTC is treating their people with an old processor, whatever may be the reason behind it but this is happening to the people of Taiwan by HTC

9. Max-1363

Posts: 4; Member since: Jun 03, 2011

Indeed Korea will get a nice update on their GALAXY S3 Devices but honestly I don't think there will be any situation that need all 2GB of RAM to perform solid, at least not in 2012.

11. hung2900

Posts: 966; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

Yep. Do you want in the future your phone is unable to be stock updated due to the lack of RAM like Galaxy S?

20. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

its not about what it can or cant do today.. its about what it will still be able to do in the future.... aka futureproofing. Also, more ram equals better performance with bigger page file sizes for games and apps.

35. jove39

Posts: 2147; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Many others think so...including me...I am gonna run ubuntu on this beast

42. groupsacc

Posts: 232; Member since: Feb 28, 2012

I can't never get enough of RAM, from opening all those multiple tabbed browsing, music listening, and sometimes switching between playing games, all at the same time.

10. wendygarett unregistered

so the rumor is true... But not for us...

12. Non_Sequitur

Posts: 1111; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

Is there any way to import this into the U.S. and change the language? I would get an AT&T SIM right now if I had this phone.

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