U.S. version of the Samsung Galaxy S II may keep the Exynos chipset after all

U.S. version of the Samsung Galaxy S II may keep the Exynos chipset after all
Those of you who have been patiently waiting for the highly-anticipated Samsung Galaxy S II to launch across the U.S. might be disappointed to hear this, but at least one of the North American versions of the smartphone, the AT&T-bound Samsung Attain in particular, will most likely drop the 1.2GHz Exynos chipset in favor of NVIDIA's Tegra 2 silicon. That is what became apparent after a Galaxy S II variant listed by its GT-I9103 model name was spotted at the FCC with support for AT&T's frequencies.

The FCC filing itself does not reveal much in terms of the smartphone's internal specs, but a quick check in GLBenchmark's database shows a Samsung-made device with the same GT-I9103 model name sporting a Tegra 2 chipset. This, of course, is not the first time when we hear about a Tegra 2-powered Samsung Galaxy S II being under development, but now we have enough evidence to believe that the said smartphone will be marketed in the U.S.

Well, the Tegra 2 chip still packs more than enough processing power to handle almost anything that you would throw at it, but our benchmarks showed that Samsung's Exynos silicon has the upper hand. Nevertheless, would this make you have second thoughts and go with a different superphone instead of the U.S.-tailored Samsung Galaxy S II? Feel free to let us know by dropping a comment below.

source: FCC, GLBenchmark via Android Authority

UPDATE: It turns out that the Samsung GT-I9103 that we mentioned above is the Samsung Galaxy Z - a smartphone similar, yet different from the Samsung Galaxy S II. The Galaxy Z is only a downgraded version of the Galaxy S II, which means that the latter may launch in the U.S. with a Exynos chipset after all.

Thanks to everyone, who pointed this out!

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42 Comments

1. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Along with no unlimited data, AT&T-Mobile is giving their customers who are wanting Sammy's fastest handset the middle-fingered wave with a slower CPU. And the merger hasn't even closed. Imagine what life at AT&T-Mobile will be like post-merger....

2. pandamaja unregistered

lol "U.S. GSII" In all honesty though, Sammy dropped the ball big time on this phone. Its been out in EMEA (at least Europe) for how long now? Better off waiting for the ICS Nexus at this point. What's a few more months?

3. AndroidOS

Posts: 100; Member since: Jun 21, 2011

AT&T, Just bring me the damn phone already, my last phone was a single core iPhone 4 so either is an upgrade. I'll overlock the phone anyway so either will be ridiculously fast. Didn't Tegra 2 score higher in some areas than Exynos?

25. AwesomeMiz

Posts: 15; Member since: Jul 05, 2011

Didn't you read the damn article? Exynos scored higher than Tegra.

31. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

exynos is the king of dual core phones. i read another article today that said the opposite. That this version would more than likely go to places like russia and other "non prime" markets so the exynos can have enough supply for "prime markets" like the USA. if it comes with a dual core tegra in america that would be rediculous.

4. Knicknevin

Posts: 153; Member since: Mar 18, 2011

Exynos smoked the Tegra

5. se7en11

Posts: 10; Member since: Oct 05, 2009

I highly doubt this is true. After seeing this phone do so well everywhere else, why would they reduce the specs?

6. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

I am not sure about the whole "messin' with success" thing here. Is Tegra a cheaper chip? Doesn't this make this a whole different device, at least as far as far as benchmarks and long term smoothness goes?

27. Su-Rio

Posts: 51; Member since: May 05, 2011

idk if a tegra chip is cheaper, but it makes it easier for samsung to make many more galaxy s2's as their exynos chip is not widely available like the tegra. the exynos is also manufactured by samsung, so if they make the chips, it slows down the galaxy s2's production rate having to make everythin...

7. sniperace

Posts: 95; Member since: Aug 20, 2009

I'm just going to cross my fingers and pray that Sprint doesn't drop the dam ball like At&t just did. Take the fastest phone out there and make it slower then exspct me to buy me to buy it ...won't happen.

9. dj unregistered

sprint will add a keyboard like last time. or maybe a second screen or even 4d. as much as i wish sprint leaves it alone, sprint will manage to ruin it.

8. Dec0der

Posts: 9; Member since: Jun 11, 2011

I've been off contract for months waiting to use my upgrade on the GS2. If this proves true, I'll be bailing on BOTH Samsung AND AT&T. The US release of this device has been an epic failure. Changing the chipset (and subsequently lowering across the board specs), yet releasing it under your flagship moniker is a ballsy move. It sounds like the US release is going to be the just announced Samsung Galaxy Z. With its Tegra2 processor, 5mp camera, 720p video, and half the storage of the GS2, this is a fail on all fronts. I'll be hanging onto my captivate until September now, and seriously considering the next cr@pple iFail offering.

10. Fallout

Posts: 20; Member since: Apr 22, 2010

Hey PhoneArena, the I903 is the Galaxy Z, a completely different phone:http://www.gsmarena.com/samsung_i9103_galaxy_z-review-614.phpTell your writers to wake up and and stop spewing bulls**t.

14. AndroidOS

Posts: 100; Member since: Jun 21, 2011

Yep yep yep. This is the Galaxy Z, PA. -.-

19. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Thanks, Fallout. You just pulled a bunch of Phone Geeks off the ledge....

26. AwesomeMiz

Posts: 15; Member since: Jul 05, 2011

PA's writers aren't exactly the most competent considering the ridiculousness of their stories and the idiocy of some of the comments.

28. TreyTreyTaylor

Posts: 728; Member since: Dec 21, 2010

Excuse the hell out of PA for giving you every story they get a hold of. HOW DO PEOPLE COMPLAIN ABOUT THIS?

34. sniperace

Posts: 95; Member since: Aug 20, 2009

Fallout you're my hero you saved my life. I was about to slit my rist when i read this artical. The only thing i want to be razor thin in my hands now is that sweet GALAXY SII!!

11. Dj21o

Posts: 437; Member since: May 19, 2011

The only way I wasn't going to WP7 is if I got a beefed out Android, such as this one. If this is true, I am definitely waiting until 2012 to get a Mango device. Seriously SAMSUNG, 3-million phones in 55 DAYS?!?! Do they really think they sold them that fast because they looked pretty?!?! FAIL.

12. AndroidOS

Posts: 100; Member since: Jun 21, 2011

Perfect explanation, this must be the Galaxy Z. I was starting to get worried for a bit. lol

17. Simba501

Posts: 28; Member since: Jul 06, 2011

Me too! I was thinking, "Nooo!!" My next phone is an EXYNOS powered GS2. If AT&T's version ended up being Tegra, I'd just purchase the Euro version.

13. Knicknevin

Posts: 153; Member since: Mar 18, 2011

I agree with the 'doubting' category. This (the GS2) is supposed to be their FLAGSHIP for the next year. Why, would they put a sub par chip in their flagship phone. That would be one of the worst moves they could make, especially following such business insight by appealing to the modding community to bolster the phone in those circles.*Edit* http://www.phonearena.com/phones/Galaxy-Z_id5684The Galaxy Z is SUPPOSED to have the Tegra 2.

15. lacp unregistered

Then, the americans don't like only their products, their hardware? If what is american is good, then let it be his will.

16. lacp unregistered

Their will, sorry my english.

18. Dj21o

Posts: 437; Member since: May 19, 2011

Thank God...

20. TreyTreyTaylor

Posts: 728; Member since: Dec 21, 2010

Galaxy S2 or Bionic. Been waiting for 7 months! Seriously the first damn phone on store shelves is mine.

21. straw55 unregistered

Before any one gets out shape about U.S. phones getting tegra. READ Thishttp://www.gsmarena.com/samsun​g_i9103_galaxy_z-review-614.php there are 2 phones being released, is what I believe.

22. straw55 unregistered

I got one of the first versions of Captivate, 1006, rooted, now running Gingerbread XXJVP ROM by cezar Continuum v6 RC1, Baseband I9000TUBV6 Firmware version 2.3.4 Talon kernel 0.3.1 OC to 1440 Mhz, yet to have any trouble, I want the new Attain soooo bad LOL, just to see what it will do, I got over 3310 on Quadrant Standard, doesn't mean that much, but on Smartbench 2010 and 2011, score. 2010 1649, 3918 - 2011 scores 1394, 2999, RL Bench 61.177 on my Captivate and I think I will keep it, just to have a great phone, I know why 2 phones, just a backup, I suppose. Good Day, HOT in TEXAS TODAY.

23. straw55 unregistered

This upgraded version of the Samsung Galaxy S II is said to have a bump in its processor power, that being the 1.2GHz we see today bumped up to a larger more powerful iteration, this new Galaxy S II Plus having a 1.4 GHz in its Samsung Exynos SoC dual-core processor – for total world domination, if this Android fellow would be so kind as to say so. This device will be set, if Samsung has anything to say about it, to go in direct competition with the iPhone 5 - I might change my mind and acually wait until Christmas LOL

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