Samsung executive confirms that U.S. variant of Samsung Galaxy S III will feature dual-core CPU
Korea Times, a Samsung executive who did not want to be named said on Thursday that Samsung will use different combinations of processors and radios on the Samsung Galaxy S III depending on the country involved. In Europe, the device will feature 3G and Samsung's quad-core Exynos processor. In Korea, Samsung will use its own solution that will allow the phone to have 3G and LTE connectivity along with a quad-core processor. Only in the U.S. will Samsung use Qualcomm chips, said the anonymous Samsung executive.
The same Korea Times report says that because Samsung is a "top tier" customer of Qualcomm, it shouldn't be affected by shortages of the S4 as much as other manufacturers that use the chip, such as LG and Pantech. Those two could start feeling the affect of a shortage starting in this quarter. LG says it might have to cut back on production of certain models. The dual-core chip, also known as the MSM8960, offers 3G and 4G connectivity thanks to an integrated LTE radio, and is produced using a 28nm process. Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacobs said, "Although the manufacturing yields are progressing per expectation, there’s a shortage of 28-nanometer capacity."