Samsung Galaxy S III - dual-core only for the US?

The launch of Samsung’s Galaxy S III in London later this week will see the announcement of one of the year’s most greatly anticipated new devices. Throughout the long wait for the new handset, we’ve seen alleged leaks, wild rumours, and plenty of hype from the Samsung marketing machine.

A few days ago, we got our very first real taste of what the new Galaxy will bring, when Samsung announced its new Exynos 4 Quad processor, a quad-core chip running at a clock speed of 1.4GHz. The company promised that the new processor will comfortably handle 1080p video recording and playback at 30fps, along with a HDMI 1.4 interface and improved power consumption over its predecessor. Mouth-watering indeed.

But it looks like it’s not all good news for prospective buyers of the Galaxy S III in the US. SlashGear reports that The Korea Times spoke to a Samsung executive, who revealed that the American version of the handset will have to make do with a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon, with the Exynos 4 Quad only being made available on versions sold outside of the United States. The executive, who wished to remain anonymous, stated:

Samsung plans to release its Galaxy S III smartphone according to different specifications and different markets. For European consumers, it will use 3G and the company’s own quad-core mobile APs, while its own solution that combines LTE, 3G and quad-core mobile APs will be used for the Korean version. But only in the United States will Samsung use Qualcomm chips."

If you’re feeling a strange sense of déjà vu, you’re not alone – a similar situation arose with HTC’s One X, which ended up with a dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor in the US, rather than the quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor offered internationally. The reason given in the case of the One X was compatibility issues between the quad-core Tegra 3 and 4G LTE networks, but it’s unclear if the same issue is present with the Exynos 4 Quad, or if other factors might be at play.


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That would seriously affect the phones sales in States. Especially when their will be a list of other quad-core phones selling there.

OK FFS, stop crying over the US version not having four cores! Even a dual core processor should deliver more than enough power/speed. If the smartphone doesn't run smooth enough with that, then that's Andorid's problem.

Something doesn't add up. If the reasoning for the lack of quad-core is because of network incompatibilities, I think it's BS. Korea's version supports the quad-core and LTE and IIRC, they are one of the few countries who use CDMA too. So if they can get the quad-core with LTE/CDMA, I don't see why the US can't.

Trueblue711 said,
Something doesn't add up. If the reasoning for the lack of quad-core is because of network incompatibilities, I think it's BS. Korea's version supports the quad-core and LTE and IIRC, they are one of the few countries who use CDMA too. So if they can get the quad-core with LTE/CDMA, I don't see why the US can't.

Different LTE bands perhaps? The Korean LTE bands are different from that in the US... just like how the iPad does not work with LTE in Australia...

I guess in the US it will be network speed LTE and not quad core you will get, cause it seems samsungs new quad core does not work with LTE .

rippleman said,
still can't wait till the 8 core /s

dudes get over your core envy... its a damn phone.

I remember people saying the same thing when Intel launched the Pentium line.......
Besides what we are talking about are "Smartphones" not phones; the latter were devices like the Motorola Microtac in 1990

and BTW Exynos is gonna blow away tegra 3...one thing i have noticed is nvidia just likes getting out more cored processors out first...when the big guns come out, it gets raped...

id say the quad core exynos would be on par or slightly better than qualcomm s4....its gpu would be on par with the adreno 3XX coming out later

apps compatibility depend on the rom not hardware...if your talking about firmware support , well samsung never cared....i with my galaxy sl am not getting ics because samsung feels there is not enough ram for all its bloat to work.....and if you think the s3 wont be supported by custom rom developers...i cant help you

In my opinion this would be a mistake... how can you have a consistent environment for development if the phone isn't, well, consistent?

why you all talking about Tegra3.... This arcticle is about Samsung not HTC... Samsung is putting there own Exynos 4 Quad processor whilst the US gets dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon, so compare these two processors.. and stop going on about Tegra3!!

once its out and in the hands of proper testers, then and only then maybe we can see if the International SIII beats the US SIII. and also how if fairs up against HTC OneX...

Im waiting to see which one to pick... although 4.7"+ is maybe the deal breaker at the moment.

I was glad somebody said that. I was confused why everyone was complaining about the Tegra 3 when this article is about the Exynos.

it was starting to think i was reading it all wrong..

anyway i look forward to see how the Exynos quard core compares against the Tegra3 Quadcore... now thats something to talkabout NEXT WEEK!

kazgor said,
why you all talking about Tegra3.... This arcticle is about Samsung not HTC... Samsung is putting there own Exynos 4 Quad processor whilst the US gets dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon, so compare these two processors.. and stop going on about Tegra3!!

once its out and in the hands of proper testers, then and only then maybe we can see if the International SIII beats the US SIII. and also how if fairs up against HTC OneX...

Im waiting to see which one to pick... although 4.7"+ is maybe the deal breaker at the moment.

Also fair to note the HTC One X has the same thing going on with it when it comes to the U.S. edition, at least with AT&T, not sure about T-Mobile's variant. The HTC One X that AT&T is selling May 6th is a dual core Snapdragon S4 where as the International version is the quad core Tegra 3.

kazgor said,
it was starting to think i was reading it all wrong..

anyway i look forward to see how the Exynos quard core compares against the Tegra3 Quadcore... now thats something to talkabout NEXT WEEK!


hahaha tegra3 beats all of them by margins.
<a href="http://tegra3.org">tegra specs</a>

The S4 is much faster than the Tegra 3 even with two cores in the first place, I wonder why Samsung even chooses to use the Tegra 3 at all.

trenzterra said,
The S4 is much faster than the Tegra 3 even with two cores in the first place, I wonder why Samsung even chooses to use the Tegra 3 at all.

Samsung doesn't use Tegra what are you talking about?

Reasoning is fairly simple:
1) Verizon and Sprint get the S4 because of their CDMA networks, and likely wanting GSM compatibility which only the Qualcomm chip can do right now.
2) T-Mobile gets the S4 because they want a 42Mbps HSPA+ chip for their "4G" network.
3) AT&T ends up getting the S4 because it already natively supports LTE and the phone wouldn't be that different band-wise compared to the other US phones.

Guys I'd really like to have the possibility to buy an American One X edition with the S4, unfortunately I'm in Europe and I'm stuck with Tegra 3. Tegra 3 is so previous-gen compared to S4 (40 nm vs. 22 nm and so on). Don't be fooled by core count, just go an read reviews and tech specs. Samsung isn't so stupid that they would allow to put something into their flagship device that wouldn't be powerful enough to compete with the others. We should wait until the launch with the comments.

if s3 is gonna be dual core, itd be better to wait out for the next lumia with wp8....i bet they will have the best dual core processor qualcomm can offer along with maybe adreno 300+.....

DKAngel said,
meh, can it still make phonecalls and send texts?

I'm not sure if you're saying that's all you need it to do, or saying it sarcastically as if they would cut those functionalities as well.

Invizibleyez said,
So, maybe the folks at apple were onto something with not jumping into 4g/4 core land?

Yes they were on something. Crack.

So to get LTE you have to settle for lower speed processor and possibly no HDMI -
Or get them and be stuck with lower speed Internet...
Unless you get the Korean version - which might not even be usable in north America?

Poop. This phone sounded perfect until this!

panacea said,
So to get LTE you have to settle for lower speed processor and possibly no HDMI -
Or get them and be stuck with lower speed Internet...
Unless you get the Korean version - which might not even be usable in north America?

Poop. This phone sounded perfect until this!

No, the S4 is faster than the Tegra3 -.-

This isn't the first time the US has been shafted in regards to mobile phones... In fact it seems to happen virtually at every turn.

jamesyfx said,
This isn't the first time the US has been shafted in regards to mobile phones... In fact it seems to happen virtually at every turn.

Maybe people in the US realise how stupid it is to think you need 4 cores in a phone.

Martin5000 said,

Maybe people in the US realise how stupid it is to think you need 4 cores in a phone.

We are powerless. The carriers have us by the...antennas.

Martin5000 said,

Maybe people in the US realise how stupid it is to think you need 4 cores in a phone.

Right. It's absolutely stupid to replace something with something better and something which drains the battery less. Just as some people are stupid and think 4>2, there are those who don't see the ACTUAL benefits of moving to a quad core which we've seen is WAY better on resources.

jamesyfx said,
This isn't the first time the US has been shafted in regards to mobile phones...|

Yes, because those in the US totally don't shaft the rest of the world for anything else, right?

nekkidtruth said,

Right. It's absolutely stupid to replace something with something better and something which drains the battery less. Just as some people are stupid and think 4>2, there are those who don't see the ACTUAL benefits of moving to a quad core which we've seen is WAY better on resources.

Your logic of simply "4>2 therefore better" is really dumb. The fact that you think 4 cores magically lowers power consumption is even more dumb.

Martin5000 said,

Your logic of simply "4>2 therefore better" is really dumb. The fact that you think 4 cores magically lowers power consumption is even more dumb.

I never said that 4 cores automatically means better. However, unless you've been living under a rock, the power consumption IS lower on the quad core chipsets over the dual cores. If you weren't too busy trying to be an ass, you might have used that time to do a little research. The newer hardware containing the quad cores have been optimized and use less resources than the dual cores. You must really feel stupid now...

Just in case you're still feeling snippy:

http://www.techradar.com/news/...quad-core-processor-1077741
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-17862656
http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab...g-exynos-chip-galaxy-s-iii/

Next time, don't be such a douche.

FoxieFoxie said,
S4 is still faster then quad core tegra.

Jeez, how is this ONLY when it's FASTER... You'd think that people writing articles would at least do some of the research

But hey, it's 4 cores, 4 > 2

http://www.anandtech.com/show/...s4-krait-vs-nvidias-tegra-3

Same with HTC One X, it's SLOWER than HTC One V

And if you actually want the Quad core Exynos which in all likelihood (And according to the leaked benchmarks) blows them all out of the water?

FoxieFoxie said,
S4 is still faster then quad core tegra.

Jeez, how is this ONLY when it's FASTER... You'd think that people writing articles would at least do some of the research

But hey, it's 4 cores, 4 > 2

http://www.anandtech.com/show/...s4-krait-vs-nvidias-tegra-3

Same with HTC One X, it's SLOWER than HTC One V


4 cores may also have positive effects on battery life if implemented correctly, because when idling you can effectively shut off some of the cores. Most people care more about batt life than marginal speed improvements. Thanks for clearing it up though - even though it seems like what you're saying is in dispute anyway.