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U.S. Versions of Samsung’s Galaxy SIII to Use Snapdragon S4 Processors Instead of Exynos Quad-core?

Last night, Samsung announced that its new Exynos quad-core processor would be featured in the soon-to-be-announced Galaxy SIII or “next Galaxy.” The news sort of shocked the world a bit as the device that will sport the chipset, has yet to be unveiled and has been kept as secret as any Android device ever. We almost couldn’t contain our excitement though, as benchmarks from a device with this processor inside have been popping up all over the web, showing off impressive results. 

But what if the phone were to launch in some markets without the new Exynos quad-core beast? According to an anonymous Samsung exec that spoke to the Korea Times, the U.S. may be one of the markets that is left out of the fun. The dual-core Snapdragon S4 could replace the Exynos here in the States, just as it has with Tegra 3 powered European phones of the last few months:

“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,’’ said one Samsung executive asking not to be identified.

While I’m a fan of the Snapdragon S4 and its power, this news should not excite anyone. If the U.S. market is flooded with nothing but dual-core Snapdragon powered phones for the first half of 2012, what fun is that? Where is the differentiation? Part of the joy of Android is the different processors, screen types, build materials, and skins, but if all of today’s phones are powered by the same chipset, it lessens the buzz. At least to me anyway.

Via:  Korea Times | GottaBeMobile

  • Enoel69

    So i assume the S4 chip will only be used on US carriers with LTE. Therefore wi ll a Tmo version be equipped with the Exynos 4 quad core chipset? Hopefully that will be the case.

  • SP

    I really hope they don’t use the Snapdragon S4’s (nothing wrong with it but its old news). This would definitely be a deal breaker for me. They only reason I was holding out on Moto’s Razr is because of this phone. I , along with many upset fans, would definitely be depressed if they made this move. If they are trying to attract current iPhone customers to switch to this device, I don’t think they thought this through very well as apple will be looking to add a quad core chip to its next phone. I really hope this ‘Samsung Executive’ is lying and its all just a big joke.
    (although its happened before with the HTC One X)

  •  Samsung Galaxy SIII is about to appear on the market, obostore.com product promotion.

  • Christopher Riner

    this is what we get for having all of our OEMS outside of the country.  Who cares about America, hell there are way more people in china to sell to. 

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  • mjsplicer78

    Officially lost interest if true

  • Trevor

    “…its own solution that combines LTE, 3G and quad-core mobile APs will be used for the Korean version”
    I don’t understand why they can’t just alter this a bit and use quad-core LTE parts in the US version.  I most likely will not be getting this phone sans the Exynos.  Please don’t be this way Samsung.

  • my next phone will be 4.3″ max.

  • Mei

    If Samsung uses Snapdragon S4 instead of the new Exynos quad-core chip due to LTE issues, then there is no reason to wait for Samsung S3 to come to Sprint, which would take another several months after announcement on May 6 (due to other carriers’ exclusivity on releases).  If on Sprint, you as might as well get the HTC EVO 4G LTE (HTC One X varient with Snapdragon S4) that will be release mid May 18 (pre-order May 7).  So disappointed with Samsung.  Thought they got the Exynos to work with LTE by now. =.=

  • welp…… back to motorola 

  • Why would they intentionally screw up one of the biggest markets in the world?

  • Scott Hartman

    I’d guess they can’t get an integrated LTE radios onto the new Exynos in time. Sucks if true.

  • cooksta32676

    They expect to beat the IP5 with this device? Fat chance.

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  • GMPY

    After missing out on the quad-core HTC flagship, and months of virtually unthrottled enthusiastic rumors–gleefully encouraged by Samsung and their “Teaser” Web portrayals of their new product, I think that it would be a major letdown for a dual-core phone to be brandished in the US while the rest of the world enjoys quad-core goodness.

    Did the US Telcos lock us into an unrealistic standard that would take ages for the world to be able to create compatible chipsets for flagship leading processors? Or did the overseas producers decide that we would be content to spend years being locked into contracts for second-tier products? Or does the world see us as a market that is no longer important, aggressive, or significant enough to develop and market devices that use anything but 6-18 month old technology? Has the US really fallen out of being among the world’s consumers of cutting-edge technology?

  • S2556

    “while its own solution that combines LTE, 3G and quad-core mobile APs will be used for the Korean version” if korea gets both then why not north america too? I’m not gunna believe this until it is confirmed. Hopefully it will be just another rumour along side wireless charging.

    • nicotinic

      It’s been stated that Verizon/USA LTE is on a different frequency than Korea’s LTE thus allowing for easier integration of the LTE radio.
      Keep in mind Samsung is going to drop their best in Korea every time. If it’s down to limited parts the homefield will take precedence every time.