Wolfson confirms its audio whiz chip is in the Samsung Galaxy S III

Wolfson confirms its audio whiz chip is in the Samsung Galaxy S III
Samsung has returned back to the excellent Wolfson audio chip in its current Galaxy S III flagship. It used the audio silicon from the Scottish company for the first Galaxy S, but strayed to Yamaha for the Galaxy S II.

Now Wolfson is back in business, confirming that its WM1811 HD Audio Hub is indeed behind the sound capabilities of the Galaxy S III: "We are delighted that Samsung has once again demonstrated its confidence in our Audio Hub solutions, this time by incorporating the WM1811 into its flagship GALAXY S III smartphone, the launch of which will further strengthen Samsung's position as a world leading smartphone manufacturer."

Wolfson's WM1811 HD Audio Hub promises crystal clear voice quality and enhanced audio playback, all with a mind set on minimal battery consumption, hence Samsung's decision to go back to their chips for its flagship Galaxy S III.

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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 32GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2100 mAh(11.60h 3G talk time)



1. SoyCider

Posts: 18; Member since: Sep 28, 2011

just FYI, it's the company that makes headphones as well; http://www.t3.com/features/new-gadgets/wolfson-audio-noise-cancell-jpg#main and pretty good at it.


Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

the only draw-back with the S3 is its ugly design and materials used, or else its really good. enjoying mine. And its fast!

24. SleepingOz unregistered

I may agree for the design as beauty is subjective but dude, it's POLYCARBONATE like the OneX, Lumia 800/900 etc..!

25. Goldeneye

Posts: 419; Member since: Jan 22, 2011

Sure but the feel and look is just cheap plastic.

2. bayusuputra

Posts: 963; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

hhmm.. this sounds like a better deal than beats.. been a HTC fan, but Galaxy S3 has lured me to the other side..

5. sgogeta4

Posts: 394; Member since: Feb 02, 2011

Wolfson make the best DACs for mobile devices, way better than the beats crap...

10. Synack

Posts: 688; Member since: Jul 05, 2011

It's because Beats is a terrible deal lol. Go with Skullcandy, Pioneer, or even Wolfson. Beats is an overpriced name.

11. SleepingOz unregistered

So does Skullcandy! Wolfson are known for the dac but their headphones aren't that good. If you have the cash to buy a BeatsPOS then go for a Sennheiser/AudioTechnica/Klipsch/AKG/Grado...

14. tech-blast

Posts: 19; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

No one talking about the BOSE. they are the best. i am currently using it and its awesome.

15. SleepingOz unregistered

ROFL!! BOSE are better than Beats but they're far from being the best!! And they're also overpriced, there's so much better out there.

16. crankyd00d

Posts: 191; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

BOSE is nothing more than the Apple of the audio world, good products alright but far from the best, and overpriced for their capabilities

20. SleepingOz unregistered

Totally! I always compare BOSE and Beats to APPLE.

23. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

bose is EXTREMELY over priced. they are much like apple. I dont know if they still do, but they used to sell paper cone speakers in those cube systems for like 4 grand. Bunk that.. for 4 grand I demand more than paper cone crap!

27. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Bose makes solid stuff, overpriced? No not really, I don't use Bose anymore, but only because I got into HIGH END home audio, I like Talon audio for my speakers and B&W for my computer monitors, although I have a pair of Sun fire CRM 2 speakers for movies.. Back on topic, wolf son chip in the S3 huh? I am gonna have to test drive one @ Verizon when they're released.

18. DigitalBoy05

Posts: 280; Member since: Jun 04, 2011

na dude bose is too much of an artificial sound.

26. AB00110101

Posts: 7; Member since: Jun 05, 2012

More than happy with my Klipsch earbuds, soooo nice.

3. GuiltyBystander

Posts: 199; Member since: Mar 05, 2012

I thought it was confirmed months ago.

4. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1226; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

This is why Samsung's smartphones are the best media smartphones. :) The Yamaha in the GS2 does a great job to, but those Wolfson DACs together with Voodoo are in a whole different league from anything in the market.

6. AppleConspiracy

Posts: 637; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Wolfson DACs are very ambiguous depending on model. As far as my past audiophile experience goes, only very expensive high-end Wolfson DAC's were praiseworthy, while budget level models were subpar in comparison with competition. Of course, mobile users wouldn't know the difference anyway, it's only matter of exclusivity and branding.

13. SleepingOz unregistered

Woah, I thought I was the only audiophile here.. Right, casual listeners can't even tell the difference between128kbit/s and 320kbit/s mp3.

19. GuiltyBystander

Posts: 199; Member since: Mar 05, 2012

Lossless Audio FTW!

22. SleepingOz unregistered

Yup, but it's quite hard to tell the difference between 320kbit/s Mp3 and FLAC just by listening to them directly from your mobile due to their tiny DAC, even with decent cans. An AMP is usually needed. That's why I always carry my HP-AMP with me.

28. AppleConspiracy

Posts: 637; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

It's hard to tell the difference because of simple fact that audio hardware used in consumer products is just not transparent enough to show that.

7. rpankaj

Posts: 29; Member since: Jun 21, 2012

yeah.. even my budget droid lg optimus one has wolfson DAC.. WM9093... Sound is good

9. thelegend6657 unregistered

What audio chip HTC use for OneX ? BTW Phonearena i have problem I cant receive any notification except from the HTC OneX vs GS3 review . Can anyone help ?

12. SleepingOz unregistered

I hope they'll equip the GNOTE II as well. Otherwise, GSIII for me.


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

No wonder why sound quality in general with my galaxy s 3 is 100 times better and louder than the galaxy nexus. Which to be honest had a very low volume in general.

29. thelegend6657 unregistered

What chip galaxy nexus use ?

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