Yesterday, Samsung took the wraps off the quad-core processor that will be used in the Samsung Galaxy S III. However, an executive with this company says that this chip won’t be used in the version of this device released in the United States.
The Samsung executive, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told the Korea Times, “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 [application processors], 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.”
The reason for this centers on 4G LTE. In order to save space, phone makers have begun using processors that combine the features of a CPU and modem chip into one. Problem is, Samsung’s newly announced Exynos 4 Quad processor does not support the variant of LTE used in the U.S. Qualcomm does offer a processor with the needed support, but this is a dual-core chip.
HTC ran into this same issue — the international version of the HTC One X sports a quad-core processor from NVIDIA, but the version that AT&T will release next month will employ a dual-core chip from Qualcomm.
Galaxy S III Details
The next Galaxy has yet to be formally unveiled, but leaks and speculation paint a fairly complete picture of it. The device will almost certainly debut running Google Android OS 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). It will reportedly have a very large display: at least 4.6 inches. Other items on the leaked list of features include an 8-megapixel rear camera. a 2-megapixel front-facing camera, 1GB of RAM, 16GB internal storage plus a microSD memory card slot, 2050mAh battery, and NFC.
The Samsung Galaxy S III is set to be officially announced on May 3. Unconfirmed reports say it is headed for Verizon, and likely be released by more U.S. carriers.
Brighthand will be at the debut event in London to bring you hands-on first impressions of this upcoming smartphone.