Samsung Galaxy S III may not have quad-core in the US models

Samsung Galaxy S III may not have quad-core in the US models
This is something we've heard a number of times before with various devices, but it seems that the Samsung Galaxy S III may not have the same quad-core Exynos processor in the US and Japanese variants that it will have in the model launching in May. The trouble is the same as why quad-core Tegra 3 handsets are rare in the US: LTE compatibility. 

The Exynos 4 series processors (like the one expected in the international Galaxy S III variants) is based on relatively old architecture, which cannot handle LTE without an external modem, and that would be a huge hit to both the size of the device and the battery life. This is why LTE version of the HTC One X is powered by a Snapdragon 4 dual-core CPU rather than the Tegra 3. 

The much more likely scenario is that Samsung will be launching the Galaxy S III LTE variants with a dual-core CPU. That could mean the Exynos 5 series, which is dual-core and supports LTE, but that chipset has literally just begun production, so it's unlikely they would be available in large enough quantities in time for the planned June launch window in the US. More than likely, we'll be looking at a Snapdragon 4 dual-core, so it may be good that the Snapdragon-powered HTC One X scored close to the Galaxy S III in the new benchmarks that just came out

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Galaxy S III
  • Display 4.8" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.9 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 4 Quad, Quad-core, 1400 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2100 mAh(11.60h 3G talk time)

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24 Comments

1. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

That is because it is getting the A-15 dual core Exynos clocked at 1.8 Gigahertz. lol Can't hate a kid for wishing.

2. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

well at least those exynos will be available for the next iphone

3. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

The iPhone most likely won't be using an Exynos processor. Apple has taken to designing its own chips over the last few years. As long as they use Samsung to manufacture the A6 (or whatever it's called) i'm sure it will make the next iPhone fly, especially with its 32nm and A15.

13. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

that's not correct ..apple bought the company that Samsung liscenced the exynos design from. the s4 and A15 processors are literally rebranded hummingbirds and exynos with a different gpu. there won't be any real split between the 2 until the A6/ exynos.5250 at the earliest as it stands now the rumors point to apple using the new.exynos 4212 32nm chip and doing its normal Rebranding and gpu switch.

9. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Does that mean you think there won't be LTE for the next iPhone?

16. JGuinan007

Posts: 699; Member since: May 19, 2011

The Next Iphone for north America will have LTE I doubt the carriers would get the next Iphone if it didn't have LTE

4. virparam01

Posts: 20; Member since: Mar 04, 2012

So PA is kinda isheep thing...dont mind it but chked GSMA,Techradar and couple more sites and they all are telling a different story about benchmarks of Gs3.......

17. ngo2dd

Posts: 896; Member since: Jul 08, 2011

PA did not read the Benchmark test. They reported from engadget.

5. rockstarlive

Posts: 307; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

I still think its a win win. The One x is really fast. I wonder how fast the SIII will be.

6. jove39

Posts: 2147; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Yeah...I am surprised :-/

7. GeekMovement unregistered

Woah... Exynos 5 series would definitely have me buy the SGSIII in a heartbeat. Too bad chances are it won't come to the III sad.

8. theBankRobber

Posts: 682; Member since: Sep 22, 2011

Wasn't there videos of the HTC one X that show it lagging?

10. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

There was a comparison between the global One X and the AT&T One X (which is running the S4) but that was fake. Otherwise, I don't think there is any video like that.

11. Artex

Posts: 7; Member since: Jan 29, 2012

come on why does this always happen in the US? why can't they just make quad core

14. dok2005

Posts: 55; Member since: Apr 18, 2012

because quad core right now doesnt play nice with lte but u can buy a gobal mode and use it on either att or tmobile if u want a quad core that bad even though so far compared to s4 the quad core are ok well more exact exynos is on par with s4 and nivida just sucks in comparsion

12. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

18. ngo2dd

Posts: 896; Member since: Jul 08, 2011

And only two out of all the test the SGS3 did all that much better. In some case they lost to the S4 or the T3. So what are to trying to prove?

15. yougotkilled1

Posts: 167; Member since: Apr 27, 2011

I thought so. The exynos in the S2 didn't even get put in the LTE devices like the skyrocket. Unless the 5 series decides to come out sometime this month, the SGS3 could be powered by a S4 processor.

19. JcHnd

Posts: 282; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Too bad for the US... I guess here is coming in quad-core... we dont have LTE yet...

20. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

The carriers push 4g so hard, but then offer no unlimited or unlimited with strings attached. I would rather have a dead solid 3g phone with a smoking processor than limited processor handset with 4g and 4g monthly plan. And to be honest, I haven't broken 1gb on my unlimited verizon plan with my RAZR in over 3 months. I generally use wifi.

21. rockstarlive

Posts: 307; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

At least you can have fast 3g.

22. Jessi_rainbowcandy

Posts: 1; Member since: May 03, 2012

Does anyone know if there's going to be an SIII for Sprint within the year? I love the phone but I'm not going to change my plan just to have that phone...

23. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

There's one thumbs down on every comment... Someones mad

24. JcHnd

Posts: 282; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

or maybe is just plain dumb... or a troll... anything can happen!

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