Samsung Galaxy S III to be powered by quad-core Exynos processor?

Samsung Galaxy S III to be powered by quad-core Exynos processor?
Back in September, we passed along to you some speculation on what the specs of the Samsung Galaxy S III might look like. The information had come from a poster on 4Chan who had seen images of the device and had talked with Samsung employees about it. The 4Chan poster had subsequently given out some rather prescient info on the Samsung GALAXY Nexus, so like the old E.F. Hutton ads, when this guy talks, we should listen. And this mysterious poster revealed that the Samsung Galaxy S III would be equipped with a 2.0 quad-core CPU with 1.5GB of RAM.

Fast forward to present time and a source for Android and Me is saying that Samsung is going to release some handsets early next year that will blow away the Samsung GALAXY Nexus in every conceivable way. That would infer that the new models will have a quad-core CPU at the heart of the phones. If the Samsung Galaxy S III is introduced at the 2012 MWC in Barcelona as the 4Chan poster expects, we could be looking at the Samsung Exynos 4412, a 32nm quad-core product with speeds as high as 1.5GHz using ARM Cortex-A9 cores. The Korean manufacturer is said to be testing the processor and it recently appeared in the Linux Kernel archives.

As for a GPU for the handset, the Mali-T604 was a suggestion made by Android and Me which pointed out that it runs 5 times faster than previous Mali graphics processors. Using a tri-pipe architecture, the Mali-T604 was originally introduced by ARM in 2010 and Samsung became the first partner with access to it, although it has never been used.

We are still a few months away from the MWC in February 2012, so until Samsung takes the wraps off the Samsung Galaxy S III, it's all just a guessing game, albeit one that is fun to play.

source: AndroidandMe

Related phones

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)



1. Striker

Posts: 92; Member since: Nov 06, 2011

Yeah, great! I propose, not quad, but six-core processor, 2GB video card and a briefcase for battery. Samsung, change this Android OS, otherwise the next Iphone or Nokia WP will blow you away once again. Don't you know that no matter what hardware you put down, when the software is crap, nothing happens.

8. ahmedra2ol

Posts: 27; Member since: Mar 01, 2011

WTF!! ru talking about Changing Android OS LOOOOOOOOOOL SGS2 people are buing it like hotcakes!!! Samsung is the World Largest mobile producer now if u do not Trust me search "wiki Samsung" and it is so obvious that you are an IFANE LOL God heals you

2. santaclaus

Posts: 52; Member since: Jul 20, 2011

not to offend anyone based on my observation, android system is unstable and lousy in managing battery life. for the same 1500mAh battery, android phone can last for only 1.5 days at average. whereas windows phone can last for 2 days for the same battery. do u think android can support quad core when it cannot even manage dual core?

6. XiphiasGladius

Posts: 813; Member since: Aug 21, 2011

You should read about the advantages of a quad core chipset rather than babbling nonsense about it. Quad core's are said to have better power management and lesser power consumption than the dual cores of today. In regards to battery life the one to blame are users who doesn't know how to optimize them anyways.

12. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

When Dual core was coming out last year, it was supposed to optimise battery life as well. Ehhh, not so much. As I.C.S. comes out, the dual core optimation from that may help, but I am not buying it is the end users fault. A lot of the UI overlays eat up battery, and the screen resolutions love them some battery life as well. I am sure quad-core will be the rage in summer 2012, and Android fans will be excited for them. Android always leads the way with bad-attitude specs. But until the software is designed for it, how much will it matter? It seems to be way easier to put out upgraded hardware on a smartphone than software to use it properly.

17. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

santaclaus, you couldnt be more wrong. snowgator, battery life was "optimized" a bit with dual cores. all dual core phones showed a slight improvement over single core phones at worst, and at best, you get the SGS2 which has phenomenal battery life and even puts the precious iphone to shame. The difference being that HTC uses a battery hog UI, battery hog LCD, and battery hog S3 processors.. and then stuffs an average to below average battery in there. The S3 had a pretty decent increase in battery life compared to the S2, but it was hampered by everything else... though still worse than every other dual core chip. The biggest factor is how the manufacturer sets up the phone though. Im sure there are many people who have rooted their HTC devices and gotten it optimized even better to where they get great battery life. ICS is designed for it. Multicore optimized is automatically optimized for anything with 2 cores or more. They dont have to re optimize it for quad cores. As long as manufacturers dont go messing it up too much, we should HOPEFULLY see a good pump in efficiency with ICS.

28. Penny

Posts: 1847; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

@ snowgator While going from single core to dual core didn't really improve battery life, it is reasonable to assume a reduction in power use with the newer processors. There are a few reasons we would see this, something we discussed in that article about mobile processors a couple days ago. First, the processor die is going to shrink as the technology moves forward. Smaller die = less power consumption. Second, I would bet that most manufacturers are going to try to integrate more and more chips into one. We have seen this recently with AMD's APUs in the PC market, and you will see this with integrated CPU, GPU, and Radios in mobile devices.

29. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2340; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

You seem not to understand that a quad core system can run the same processes as a dual-core but cooler and more efficient. We can imagine the processor being like a dam and the processes you need to do being a river. In this case, we want the most amount of water to flow through that dam. If you only had two holes, you aren't getting that much water and the amount of pressure exerted on those two holes is a lot. Now, if you had instead four holes on that dam, you would have more water flowing out and the pressure exerted would be less. The pressure in my example is equivalent to temperature and stress on the processor (and the amount of energy it uses).

34. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

/"\ .I .I .I .I what phil and penny said.

36. RamyAbdelbadea

Posts: 17; Member since: Nov 07, 2011

what about windows phone that can't support A high resolution ?!!!! or handle a HD Cameras ?!!! sorry but i found windows phone so slow , old and closed software

42. jove39

Posts: 2145; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Tons of widgets on desktop are going to suck doesn't have widgets...and you can't even have wallpaper Another important thing...Android does true know what this mean? Try this...on iPad2...if you have one! Start a voice conversation on skype and then login to webex...It'll kill your skype call...bu11sh1t.

3. Mr.Mr.Upgrade

Posts: 474; Member since: Aug 30, 2011

Speak English not stupid talk,


Posts: 650; Member since: Nov 20, 2011

still rather wait on the Galaxy Nexus S which will be the next version coming in early 2012. also im sure HTC will create a slim super phone sported with ics and a kickstand

5. XiphiasGladius

Posts: 813; Member since: Aug 21, 2011

My next phone maybe. . .

7. ilia1986 unregistered

Oh yeah! Bring it on, baby!! But I don't think that it'l be just 1.5Ghz. The HTC Zeta is released Q1 2012 with 2.5 Ghz Quad core - so SGS3 coming @ Q2 should have ~ 3Ghz quad core, and 2GB ram. :)

9. ahmedra2ol

Posts: 27; Member since: Mar 01, 2011

What ABOUT the 12 MP camera with 60fps niaha ha ha haaaa :D I LOVE SAMSUNG BUT pleaseee try to make the next phone not rise in temperature

10. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

too late! the rumors have already set this phone on FIRE! >;D

25. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

booom shakalakalaka.. hes on fire!!!

11. kimchman

Posts: 3; Member since: Oct 28, 2011

Oh Oh Oh I am waiting for Galaxy S3. Samsung No.1 kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk

13. bayhuy

Posts: 320; Member since: Jun 23, 2011

Who needs that?

16. remyrz

Posts: 205; Member since: Oct 28, 2010

power gamers.... -__- i think

38. Hunt3rj2

Posts: 396; Member since: Nov 11, 2011

You only need to think of the concept of the Lapdock to realize why.

14. hunted

Posts: 403; Member since: Sep 21, 2011

lets all hope samsung brings this to USA first

15. kimchman

Posts: 3; Member since: Oct 28, 2011

That's good idea!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! sooooooooo ~~~~~ coooooooooooooool~~~~~~

39. jayrownage

Posts: 10; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

na uh. just like the GS2 it hits USA last. thanks to apple they have to redesign the GS2 losing the button at the middle before it gets to to american hands.

18. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

1.5gigs of ram? i want 2 gigs!!! :)

31. ZEUS.the.thunder.god unregistered

yeah me too but this is truly gonna be a monster and apple should concentrate on making iphone6 now lol

40. jayrownage

Posts: 10; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

well obviously apple can\'t keep up lol

19. nastynaps

Posts: 93; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Well if previous releases are indicative of what's to come we can expect this bad boy in that states sometime around Q1, 2013.

21. nastynaps

Posts: 93; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

*that = the

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