Samsung executive confirms that U.S. variant of Samsung Galaxy S III will feature dual-core CPU

Samsung executive confirms that U.S. variant of Samsung Galaxy S III will feature dual-core CPU
Last night, we warned those in the U.S. not to get too excited by the news that the Samsung Galaxy S III would be the first device to be equipped with the quad-core 1.4GHz Samsung Exynos 4412 under the hood. We feared that because of the widespread use of LTE in the U.S. and the lack of an integrated LTE radio on the Samsung Exynos 4412, the Korean based manufacturer might decide to go with the dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 instead. This is what AT&T was forced to substitute the quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 for on its version of the HTC One X.

According to the 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."

source: KoreaTimes

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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)



1. xoutrageousx

Posts: 70; Member since: Dec 22, 2011


96. deacz

Posts: 162; Member since: Nov 02, 2011


101. whataLETDOWN

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

Where is remix??? he must be too sad to comment on the crapdragons. Well I for one have a hard time believing that samsung can't make a exynos captible with LTE for the US. Hopsefully by the time I upgrade next year all this crap will be worked out. I mean doesn't seem fair that I should pay premium price for a water down version.

115. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

sorry, i just got here. I'll believe it when I see it. Ya know why? Because samsung in an OFFICIAL statement when showing off the chip months ago, said that they are using LTE with 4412 and 5250 as well as boosted production of the chips so they would never again have to play the chip switch out game. Remember how before the i4s came out, everyone had "proof" of its bigger screen from real accessories and such? How did that turn out? Im not getting worried about a rumor at the peak of rumor season where everyone has an "exclusive" rumor that turns out to be false. In a few days the official announcement will come and ill either cheer or cry depending on how THAT turns out.

102. bruindog

Posts: 33; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

I never thought Samsung would screw people like HTC and hype a phone only to bring an S4 to the table. I hope Motorola comes out with a giant killer and makes them both looks stupid after pulling something like this. Whelp looks like I have nothing to look forward to anymore lol

2. redrooster13

Posts: 110; Member since: Feb 20, 2012

It better have the MSM8960 Pro then!

103. cheetah2k

Posts: 2271; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

I don't know what the issue is? The S4 will be the dual core A15 ARM architecture, which, based on current benchmarks from the HTC One S variant, pretty much holds its own against quad A9 ARM architecture, so..... I honestly wouldn't be complaining about 28nm dual core A15 top of the line architecture vs 32nm quad 12months old A9 architecture :)

105. thelegend6657 unregistered

Dude the current s4 is a9 based but with 28nm technology .

112. BuckeyeCadet86

Posts: 78; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

True, its not a cortex A15, but it uses the Krait cores which is better than existing A9 cores (including the Exynos cores). We know the S4 compares at least even, if not better, than the Tegra 3 but I believe the Exynos quad core will probably outperform it. The good news is the built-in LTE will mean battery life will be better and the S4 still isn't a slouch.

3. rcjrdrummer

Posts: 12; Member since: Mar 03, 2012

wow. pathetic. so disappointing. so much for setting a bar... 2012 isn't looking good

27. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

At least it makes the choice between an Evo 4g LTE and a GSIII a no-brainer, for me anyways...

35. rcjrdrummer

Posts: 12; Member since: Mar 03, 2012

well Im on verizon, so I was counting on this to eliminate the moto droid choice

42. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Hmm, yeah, you might be out of options until September when the quad-core S4 HTC phones are supposedly coming. Maybe Motorola can get its act together and release a phone to compete with the current generation. Maybe that Droid Razr HD will be coming with an amped up processor in tow. Unless Samsung can get Exynos processors to work with LTE networks, I can't see myself getting one: build quality trumps S-AMOLED HD, especially since S-LCD 2 looks pretty nifty anyways.

93. sniper1087

Posts: 537; Member since: Dec 31, 2011

If you heard about gs3 it will have a 1080p resolution, and we will see how it goes

95. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

If by some miracle it DOES have 1080p resolution, I'd much rather get a 720p phone anyways, as 1080p is an unnecessary drain on the battery at a resolution indistinguishable from 720p by the human eye on a sub-5 inch screen. If the screen is 5 inches or larger, then I'd be interested...

123. sniper1087

Posts: 537; Member since: Dec 31, 2011

well i know the problem is the Dual Core CPU in the US version, there is always the option to import the international version, which quadcore cpu is twice as fast as the dual core cpu from exynos and 20% less power consumption, that indeed is amazing how they can do that, and yes that information can be found here:

40. sinfiery

Posts: 19; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

Seemingly same here. My upgrade's already up, same processor, same ram, almost same screen size. Will root the phone either way. Camera, build quality, and screen quality are the only factors that remain. Build quality will either be a toss up or favor HTC, Camera will probably have a slight edge for the SGS3, and a Super AMOLED HD+ screen would be nice, but the Super-LCD2 can stand it's ground pretty well. All in all, the possible advantages of the SGS3 aren't worth the extra wait for the phone to be released internationally, not to mention for Sprint in the states. Can't be sure until May 3rd, but close to it.

67. rcjrdrummer

Posts: 12; Member since: Mar 03, 2012

Yea seriously. I mean I know the S4 is no chump, but still. I like the samsung interface 15x more than moto. It's just more fluid and user friendly I believe. If samsung's build quality steps up then I still could pick one up

45. aooep

Posts: 20; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Picking the Evo 4g LTE? I was having the same dilemma :P

48. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

I mean, I'll pick whichever is released first because they'll have virtually the same specs now, but it's looking overwhelmingly like the Evo's going to be launched first.

106. bruindog

Posts: 33; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

It's officially guys! SGSII HD! what a joke......

4. windowsRocks

Posts: 155; Member since: Oct 28, 2011

why not Quad-Core?

17. sithman

Posts: 299; Member since: Apr 21, 2012

Doesn't support LTE in the US

28. MrNobodyWTB

Posts: 27; Member since: Jan 03, 2012

T-Mobile doesn't have LTE. I don't understand why T-Mobile shouldn't get exynos. I am really irritated by manufacturers placing importance of network speed capabilities over the device's actual performance. Looks like i'll attempt to import this baby if this is the case.

66. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2452; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

This has been brought up before in another article and I felt I should address it. If you remember, the T-Mobile version of the GSII had a Snapdragon processor in it. This was because while it may be true that T-Mobile doesn't have LTE, they do need a chipset that supports 42Mbps which the Exynos only supports 21Mbps. Therefore, the T-Mobile version would have the same chipset as other carriers because of this criteria. EDIT: Unless Samsung addressed this issue by somehow updating their chipsets to support the higher Mbps, don't be surprised if the T-Mobile version has the same chipset offered on other carriers.

78. MrNobodyWTB

Posts: 27; Member since: Jan 03, 2012

Ah! Very true. I do remember that specific matter now. Thank you for the response! :D Not really worried though. I was planning on buying the SIII off contract anyway, so as long as there is an international version with compatible bands, I'm snatching it up.

113. BuckeyeCadet86

Posts: 78; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Also T-Mobile USA has plans in the future to switch to LTE and unfortunately T-Mobile doesn't have the subscriber base to create an entirely new production line that works just for their carrier, sad but true.

121. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

it actually doesnt require a "new product line".. which yea, it actually does get. Sensation and Amaze were Tmo only products. The mytouch line... sidekick.. ect.. All carriers get exclusives. If they have corrected the HSPA+ 42mb with the exynos 4412, there is no reason they couldnt just use the international version. That would be super sweet. If samsung was smart, they would have went pentaband with the phone like they did with the galaxy nexus.

5. sportsinger75

Posts: 72; Member since: Nov 11, 2011

Aaaaaaaaand, the US Carriers crash the party again.

26. crankyd00d

Posts: 191; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Yeah. Crash and burn

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