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Verizon’s Galaxy SIII Appears in Benchmark, Looks Again Like a Snapdragon S4

A device by the model number SCH-I535, which has been rumored to be tied to Verizon’s Samsung Galaxy SIII, appeared in a Nenmark benchmark last night. Nothing in the benchmark itself should surprise you, but if it’s the real deal, it confirms that Big Red’s version will not rock out with a quad-core Exynos processor and will instead use Qualcomm’s dual-core and LTE-friendly Snapdragon S4. The “Adreno 225″ GPU and CPU info of 1.5GHz are the clues here.

Other than that, we can see that it runs Android 4.0.4, has a 720p HD resolution, and says “Verizon” as the carrier.

Still no word on a release, but June popped up as a potential timeframe for the U.S. carriers during Samsung’s unveiling of the device.

Via:  Nenamark | Blog of Mobile

  • vaxick

    Yay, another phone on Verizon with a outdated GPU. :| The Adreno 225 is getting way too old. Even LG of all companies is going with the Adreno 320 which is a massive step up in performance.

  • shaun.ober

    since this only coming with an S4 ill probably keep waiting, maybe the padfone, or Sony xperia GX. until something wows me im sticking with my OG Droid.

  • http://twitter.com/dubius David Du Buron

    As much as I want this phone, and have Verizon, I feel slighted by this downgrade to Dual Core. The reasons have to be either because of cost or battery life, and if so, I do not think I can buy this phone without a candid answer from Verizon justifying exactly how bad would the cost/battery life had been.

    That being said, I also fear that Verizon would Droid RAZAR MAXX us with a Galaxy SIII MAXX (or whatever) 2 months after release. This processor discrepancy adds a lot of uncertainty to the SIII.

    • BlueLetter

      It’s LTE connectivity. Samsung’s in house LTE chip isn’t ready yet. Besides would you really wanna be stuck on Verizon’s 3G just for that processor, when you won’t be able to tell the difference in day to day use between it and even the dual core S4?

  • EvilVerizon

    I wonder if verizon will stop it too from getting the 4.0.4 update, like the stall on every other phone from recieving ics or ics updates, freaking a ssholes won’t push updates

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/2UA65MCDP2WWMRJ264U6KZ2X2Q Lucile

    just as Tammy answered I am dazzled that a mother able to earn $8743 in 4 weeks on the computer. did you read this site lazycash42.c()m

  • http://www.facebook.com/aaron.krauth Aaron Krauth

    Say what you will about Motorola, the Maxx is the best phone I’ve ever owned

  • http://twitter.com/spdivr1122 Stephen

    too bad it will get ruined by verizons bloat apps.

  • Master O’Disaster

    Maybe, Verizon should label it the “Samsung III/2″, since it only has half the cores?

  • MooleyBooleyTroll

    Does it make phone calls?

  • stang6790

    Since this will have the S4 does that mean that the LTE and CDMA radios will be made by Qualcomm and will these be better than the Nexus radios? I have the Galaxy nexus and love the phone but the radios could be better. Were the radios in the Nexus made by Samsung or Texas Instruments?

  • spursrchamps2007

    Just saw this on Foxnews was surprised droid-life didn’t have a link to it. I guess the army just figured Iphones dont have what it takes to be enlisted.

    http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2012/05/12/army-stronger-with-droids/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+foxnews%2Fscitech+%28Internal+-+SciTech+-+Mixed%29

  • KyRuMo

    Verizon will cripple it and put all of thier bloatware on it

    • Bionic

      So you root it, and freeze the bloat, very simple

  • mappan
  • DonnyDon

    My old Bionic is better quality than my Nexus. And why would anyone buy samsung phone with touchwiz? Fasination sucked, Charge Sucked…. I talking verizon phones.

    • Bionic

      just use Go Launcher and touchwiz is gone

  • DonnyDon

    First NO COMPANY makes better all around quality phones than Motorola. Thats a fact. Samsung touts a big game but they are HARDWARE problem prone. Galaxy Nexus is the first good android phone they had and even that has problems. Right now the BEST ALL AROUND phone is the Razr Maxx. BTW Im in a galaxy nexus but would trade it for a maxx in a second.

    • LiterofCola

      Ah-men

    • Josh Nichols

      2.3.4 though.

    • Bionic

      I totally agree. Razr Maxx is awesome

  • mustbepbs

    People seem to think that just because the S4 is dual core, it’s worse than the T3 because that’s quad core. The cores in the S4 are much better than the cores in the T3. The T3 will end up just like the T2 did; a bastard child. Qualcomm makes monster processors. The S4 is no different. The S4 has already proved itself plenty worthy to the T3.

    • Josh Nichols

      While I admit I would rather have the S4 One X, the T3 isn’t too shabby.

      I agree though, most people think more cores > better cores.

  • Shadowcell

    The quad core CPU may be able to run on various 4G networks across different carrier networks but maybe not Verizon’s LTE. That being said Verizon did say they won’t be taking on any new 3G handsets from here on out.

    In order to work around to getting their phone released to the US carrier, Samsung may had to throw in the towel and replace with already LTE-supportive Snapdragon chips.

    Just a guesstimate going by this leaked benchmark.

    • Josh Nichols

      Quite possibly the most logical, sensible comment on this post. :) (no sarcasm)

  • Android1997

    I really want to wait and see about a Galaxy Note like device coming to verizon, from HTC Sammy, heck ill even take a look at the LG

  • Ain’t having it!

    If Verizon brings this out for 299 and AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile bring it for 199, Verizon will finally be exposed for the price gauging MOFOs they really are!

    • http://ThisWeeksBeats.com Deez

      yeah but like a month later its down to $99.. see Razr

      • plasmagrenade11

        the RAZR has been out for SIX MONTHS

      • Charles Matthews

        dude really??? you bring up the razr in this topic… shot ur self…

        • http://www.getintonursing.com/ Jon

          He makes a valid point. If you wait a few months, all Verizon phones drop in price. The Rezound is now $199 at Verizon and $99 at Amazon. The Galaxy Nexus is $200 at Verizon and $150 on Amazon. If you are impatient and must buy a phone on launch day, then yes…expect to pay $299. If you wait a few months, there will at least be a buy one get one deal, or the price will certainly go down as newer models come out and replace the phone at the $299 range.

    • Bionic

      and yet people still pay it. hmmmm

    • Aardvark99

      +$30

      • dwaynaz

        Aardvark, every other carrier charges $36. Big deal.

        • Josh Groff

          Pretty sure t-mo charges $18. Unless they changed their policy recently.

          • dwaynaz

            And I am pretty sure I said every other… Implying that not every carrier charges the $36 fee.

          • Josh Groff

            Every other could also imply that every carrier other than Verizon charges $36, hence my response.

    • angermeans

      They also have by far the nations largest 4G market, it isn’t even close. I would pay 299 for the GSIII (even though I wont be buying it) for Verizon’s network rather than $199 for ATT and its 12 markets, Sprint and it’s 0 markets, or T-Mo and their, we promise we will have it someday, market. I still don’t like paying $299 for a 4G phone, but if anyone has the right to charge it then its them, and yes I hate to burst your bubble, but people will still pay it as you get what you pay for.

      • Josh Groff

        I would rather throw down 500-600 and tell them where to shove their contracts.

        • tommariner

          Josh, I wish that could happen. But yesterday Verizon announced what you get if you buy the device outright is the same plan, but unlimited data. That sure doesn’t sound like “rent me some bandwidth” and charge up an ID card to me. That is more an in-your-face public relations move because of negative publicity on the “we don’t care about keeping our customers” plan.

          • Josh Groff

            I’d buy off contract to have unlimited data from VZW, I typically buy used 3-6 months after a phone comes out anyway. But that is a dick move on their behalf. Then again no carriers truly care about their customers. Also, as long as it doesn’t put you into a contract, that’s actually pretty awesome (basically what I was looking for when I made the switch, contracts are BS and I don’t mind shelling out 300-400 for a phone.)

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Joe-Buck/100003482949493 Joe Buck

    nice, its coming out with 4.0.4 and the nexus still doesnt have it

    • will bartlett

      shut up. you are annoying

  • snobrdr2324

    I know Verizon doesn’t have the one xl, but the lack of defining hardware between the two is disappointing regardless. Especially considering the One XL is out a ways before this phone will be out. I don’t see this as being a significant upgrade on the hardware side with its somewhat outdated GPU knowing that even the quad core S4′s are only a few months away after this finally hits verizon this summer. Really a let down on the hardware side when all things are factored in, not that the S4 is a bad chip, its just not revolutionary. I guess this probably will have pretty nice battery life based on the results the international version was getting.

    http://www.gsmarena.com/samsung_galaxy_s_iii_vs_htc_one_x-review-759p8.php

    • AE35

      There is still the mysterious HTC “Fireball” hiding in the shadows.

      • QQpayne

        I thought that was the code name for what is now going to be the Incredible 4g, a huge pile of mid-range crap.

  • http://twitter.com/55938 MrSix

    no no no this can’t be right, not after so many well informed folks on this blog already stated as absolute fact that Verizon wouldn’t get the Galaxy SIII

  • WickedToby741

    Why not quad core S4? If LG is doing it, why can’t Samsung?

    • Ironclad1313

      The quad core S4 isn’t released yet. LG’s device will probably take a long time to be released to any carrier.

      • WickedToby741

        And the GSIII won’t? Look how long it took to get GSII devices in the US last year.

        • AE35

          But that’s not cuz the processor isn’t ready. It’s marketing and distribution that keeps it from reaching the US sooner. That and Verizon’s looooong testing period. Crapping up a phone take time, ya know?

  • http://twitter.com/MI95SHO MI95SHO

    Pentile display and no quad-core Exynos processor. Verizon better keep thier hands off as much as possible or we may have just another plain-jane phone

    • Josh Nichols

      Hey now, this isn’t the same old pentile as in the Nexus, it’s much better.

      Apparently Samsung reduced the gap between pixels to make it better. Or something like that.

  • tech247

    Wondering why its so hard for Sammy and Nvidia to hire people to code LTE usability into Exynos and Tegra 3. Us yanks are tired of being shafted with dual core processors (Yeah i know the S4 is no joke).

    • Ironclad1313

      It’s not just coding LTE usability. Qualcomm makes good LTE chips and they can actually ship the S4 with the LTE module (probably with a much better battery life since they are made to be together). Samsung and Nvidia don’t make LTE modems

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/UGON2BMPN47RQSQDLMOZLFUMSY Steveomac

    5 bucks says this will come out with 4.0.4 before the galaxy nexus

    • Nick Klenchik

      Major facepalm…

  • http://infotainmentempire.blogspot.com Rob

    I don’t care if it’s Exynos or S4, I just want an LTE phone that has pretty good hardware like the S3 NOW. I still use a 3G device. I know, sad, isn’t it?

    • AE35

      I hope it loses the home button on the trip over to the US.

      • http://ThisWeeksBeats.com Deez

        I hope it loses the buttons in general..

  • Knlegend1

    Wait So Verizon is getting this phone?…..yesssssss!!!!!

  • Butters619

    Does anybody else feel Motorola really needs to show their hand soon or they are going to be too late to the game?

    • hkklife

      It’s already too late for them. Jha absolutely butchered their reputation and bottom line in 2011. They are currently the only manjor Android handset manufacturer who has announced nothing, officially teased nothing, and not even realeased a single official ICS update for any of their devices (no, wi-fi Xoom does not count). Heck, even their leaks have been less buzz-worthy than everyone else’s.

      Personally, I think Motorola is either badly understaffed or having major problems getting Blur atop ICS. I also would not be surprised to find them in total cash-conservation mode. Killing off legacy products & having a slim upcoming product portfolio and a pile of cash makes them a more appealing acquisition target because you know Google wants to divest themselves of that albatross ASAP. I think the fact that the only compelling Motorola projects this year have been intended for the Chinese market pretty much tell you where they will eventually end up.

      • LiterofCola

        I laughed when you said that Motorola hasn’t leaked any official ICS for any device, then put the disclaimer that the one device that had it doesn’t count. Hilarious. And contrary to what you pointed out, that them not having anything on the horizon that would look to be a good alternative, the rumored “Fighter” looks to possibly have a bigger battery and better camera.

        And no, I don’t care about a bootloader being encrypted, so that would be irrelevant, as it is to the average American consumer.

        • Tyler Cameron

          Everyone cares.

          • LiterofCola

            Not really

        • http://twitter.com/55938 MrSix

          Save it, this dude’s gonna beat that drum till his arms fall off. This dude’s certifiably demented. I mean the ICS leak for the Razr was somehow less buzzworthy than everyone else’s? The hell does that even mean? Where’s all the buzz for everyone else’s ICS leaks? I certainly haven’t seen it.

          Even more telling he still seems to think Google is feverishly trying to offload Motorola to Huawei…despite all the links people have posted to news articles with strong evidence to the contrary. He just likes to hear himself talk I guess.

          • http://www.facebook.com/exceter Mondrian Hernandez

            Does everyone keep forgetting that the reason Google bought Motorola is to beef up their Patent Portfolio. No more need to bounce back and forth asking for permission. This makes developing for hardware faster. Also to keep Apple’s stubby arms from throwing a temper tantrum and filing a lawsuit for another bulls**t patent case.

          • Josh Nichols

            Google bought Motorola for patents.

            You are not a psychologist either.

          • http://twitter.com/55938 MrSix

            OHHHH REALLY? YOU DON’T SAY!
            Doesn’t change the fact they’re more than likely NOT offloading Mototo’s hardware business.

          • FadingRadio

            i dont think anyone knows what google is “more than likely” to do with Motorola at this point. based on all the patent wars in the mobile tech space and the sheer volume that motorola had, it seems an obvious “duh” that google bought them first for their patents. beyond that, who knows? maybe google didn’t even have a solid “beyond that” plan. looking at the mobile tech chess pieces, gobbling up moto was the cheapest way to acquire a TON of mobile patents as far as i can tell. the alternative (trying to buy samsung or nokia) would have been crazy difficult/impossible/not worth it/etc…

            note: my thoughts above have nothing to do with my biases as a consumer, just what seems obvious. personally, i like motorola devices better from a hardware perspective. i dont care about custom skins or locked bootloaders. there are things to love and hate about each hardware OEM.

          • FadingRadio

            i dont think anyone knows what google is “more than likely” to do with Motorola at this point. based on all the patent wars in the mobile tech space and the sheer volume that motorola had, it seems an obvious “duh” that google bought them first for their patents. beyond that, who knows? maybe google didn’t even have a solid “beyond that” plan. looking at the mobile tech chess pieces, gobbling up moto was the cheapest way to acquire a TON of mobile patents as far as i can tell. the alternative (trying to buy samsung or nokia) would have been crazy difficult/impossible/not worth it/etc…

            note: my thoughts above have nothing to do with my biases as a consumer, just what seems obvious. personally, i like motorola devices better from a hardware perspective. i dont care about custom skins or locked bootloaders. there are things to love and hate about each hardware OEM.

          • FadingRadio

            i dont think anyone knows what google is “more than likely” to do with Motorola at this point. based on all the patent wars in the mobile tech space and the sheer volume that motorola had, it seems an obvious “duh” that google bought them first for their patents. beyond that, who knows? maybe google didn’t even have a solid “beyond that” plan. looking at the mobile tech chess pieces, gobbling up moto was the cheapest way to acquire a TON of mobile patents as far as i can tell. the alternative (trying to buy samsung or nokia) would have been crazy difficult/impossible/not worth it/etc…

            note: my thoughts above have nothing to do with my biases as a consumer, just what seems obvious. personally, i like motorola devices better from a hardware perspective. i dont care about custom skins or locked bootloaders. there are things to love and hate about each hardware OEM.

          • http://twitter.com/55938 MrSix

            I don’t follow your thinking.
            If we assume that no one really knows what Google is thinking about what to do with Motorola then how can anyone be so certain they only bought them for patents in the first place?
            Corporations the size of Google don’t buyout other firms for one part and then play roulette with what to do with the rest of them. If patents were all they wanted, what would possess them to buyout the whole company?
            Buying the patents alone, which is the most obvious alternative, would’ve been cheaper and cost them less energy, because they’ve now got to find a buyer for a company newly devoid of their most attractive aspect…
            I personally can’t imagine the whole buyout being worth that extra energy.

          • http://www.facebook.com/jarradsambataro Jarrad Sambataro

            you cant buy what is not for sale. Motorola had no incentive to sell JUST the patients. Doing so would have left them with nothing of worth. The ONLY way they would agree to sell anything to Google was all or nothing.

          • http://twitter.com/55938 MrSix

            well duh
            we know they wouldn’t just sell their patents, but why do you think, or seem to think, they’d just sell out to Google if there was some risk of Google just turning around and flipping them minus their patents anyway? I just don’t see that happening.

          • FadingRadio

            agree with @facebook-662976975:disqus. you can’t buy what’s not for sale. there’s no future for motorola in selling off all their patents alone. their annual revenue is $13B. $12.5B is only one year of revenue. after all that IP is gone, then what? IP brings in a LOT of money. making money off hardware alone is tough, especially when the guts of all these phones is very very similar so differentiating is hard. just look at their operating income: it’s negative. even with all that IP they are struggling. take away a cash cow from a ship that is at risk of sinking and it’s over. can’t see the incentive for essentially cutting off your own head, so they had to ensure they had a future. makes sense.

            and you’re right, we dont know for sure what they were thinking. but what we do know is what most of the industry experts say. the people whose bread and butter job is to know the industry better than anyone by understanding the players, having the contacts, etc. not saying they’re the end all be all, but when everyone says they bought it for patents, they probably did. sure, we could engineer all these great ideas that make sense for why they did it, but the reality is the simplest answer sometimes is the best one.

            did google have other incentives or ideas? sure, why not? were they well thought out? probably not. and that’s most likely why there were rumblings of them selling it off so quickly. someone had a great idea to buy a bunch of cheap IP. they would just have to figure out what to do with the rest of the company. then, they come up with some half baked ideas, sell it to decision makers on both sides, and deal done. months later they realized those ideas are likely going to stay half baked without a ton of investment and maybe they bail. tough to say what they will do, but there seems to be some incentive to let someone else deal with the mess they made because it’s cheaper and easier.

            google does this kind of thing all the time. they are practically a fire hose of money. they throw money at a problem and hope it turns out for the best. when it starts to look like a total mess, they get rid of it. look at their acquisition portfolio. almost all of them are half baked good ideas that failed or have yet to pay dividends. a small percentage are groundbreaking youtube acquisitions.

            regardless of my soapbox diatribe above, i really hope we dont lose moto. for all their faults, we need as much competition in the market as possible. and i personally like what they bring to the table.

          • substring

            Precisely. Google is only interested in Moto’s patents. Google has no interest in manufacturing. Who knows? Google might sell off Moto’s manufacturing business to another vendor in the next couple years.

        • hkklife

          First of all, I said, official ICS releases released, not leaked. Wi-Fi Xoom does NOT count because it’s a vanilla Google experience device and Moto has next to nothing to do with it. It’s not “Blurred”. That’s what I am referring to. Why was HTC able to get ICS updates out ahead of everyone else for both “old” Sense 3.6 while simltaneously producing “new” Sense 4.0 devices?
          Droid Fighter DOES look like a nice device but it’s growing increasingly less impressive with each new announcement from HTC, Samsung and now LG. It could have ruled the market had it been released at any point in the first half of ’12, especially Q1

        • jay

          The ” fighter” is the razr

          • plasmagrenade11

            no it isnt

        • Towelie420

          Non removable battery = fail.
          Encrypted boot loader with blur shoved down your throat = deal breaker.

          • AE35

            What doesn’t make sense to me:

            Google Android = open
            Google Moto = locked

            This policy needs to change even if it’s only for us 1%

          • MooleyBooleyTroll

            Google Android = Apache License = Open but not so Open!
            Linux Kernel used in Google Android = GPLv2 = Open!

        • Josh Nichols

          The reason the wifi xoom doesn’t count is because Google updates the wifi xoom, not Motorola. Hilarious right??

          • LiterofCola

            Hysterical!

        • angermeans

          The Xoom doesn’t count and I dont know why it would. The Xoom is a GED (or at least kind of is before Moto killed it and now Google wont even take it as theirs). It has the update only because it doesn’t have a skin and Google did all the work. Why would you count that? Moto is the biggest irresponsible OEM on the market. The Razr is an absolute joke and the so called Fighter is doing nothing, but catching up and using the same old dry hardware that the market has seen for almost 6 months. That is not innovation that is milking your customers, and the OP is right Moto is completely acting like they are waiting to be bought out and it is 100% obvious that Google isn’t spending any money to help them out. They want nothing to do with that sinking ship. Jha and his team have destroyed Motorola and this isn’t the first time. They had the world in the palm of their hands with the Droid and since then have made one bad mistake after another. No phone since the OG Droid has pushed the market.

          If anyone is willing to buy a Moto product right now is crazy and will find themselves with a two year contract and a buggy device with no support what so ever.

          • Josh Groff

            Last I checked, Motorola was the first company to switch over to TI’s OMAP 4 processor which is noticeably swifter than a Snapdragon S3 or Tegra 2.

            Motorola has the best hardware, build quality, and radios. Anyone who says otherwise has obviously never owned a Motorola. The only downside is their complete lack of software support. If they hired some actually talented developers, they could fix that problem and take their crown as king of Android.

          • http://www.getintonursing.com/ Jon

            I agree that Motorola still makes the best hardware. The phone call quality and reception are always top notch. Best speakerphones, and handset audio on both ends of a call. Also they make the sturdiest hardware. I can’t tell you what abuse my Original Droid took, as well as my Droid X and my Droid Bionic. Those phones took a beating and survived many drops to concrete without shattering the screen.

      • azndan4

        Motorola sucks. The market has spoken.

      • bkosh84

        They are headed down the same path they took back in the mid-2000′s with the flip razr.. They are gonna milk it for EVERYTHING it’s worth until they get so far behind the rest of everyone else that they will be screwed and can’t come back from it.

    • Larizard

      Yup. They are not even on the CTIA floor. But contrary to most people, I really have a *good* feeling about this. I think the Razr is the last of Jha’s babies. The next Motorola phone we hear (maybe after the Fuschia Razr Maxx) will be Google-driven.

      Maybe.

    • angermeans

      They already are “too late to the game” Moto is yesterdays news. Anyone that is willing to buy a Motorola product right now is crazy. I mean the whole company isn’t even guarenteed to be a company any day now. Google is shopping the hardware division around as they don’t even want anything to do with them. Only Motorola puts a phone out like the Razr, continues to lock down their bootloaders, takes forever to release an update (most that came out wont even get 4.0), and then on top of all of this they milk their customers with better batteries, and now an HD screen when it should have came with it from day one. The people that bought that phone will more than likely never buy another Motorola again and for good reason. The screen on the Razr is absolute garbage and makes the phone look so poor.

  • JulianZHuang

    not worth it. i guess i will stick with my GN until iphone 5.

    • srh12

      Ive gone from Evo to Thunderbolt to GNex…..I thought the lack of updates to address bugs would improve by getting a “nexus”. I was wrong.
      As soon as apple wakes up to widgets and a bigger screen, I’m jumping back on ios faster than you can say “traitor”.

      • JulianZHuang

        the only reason im staying with android are 4G and swiftkey keyboard haha.

        • srh12

          Ugh and swype. I dont think I could live without swype! 4g is an asset and liability. It’s great when you use it, but oh what it does to our batteries.

          • Tyler Cameron

            Yeah. Batteries “only” lasting 12 hours is pretty bad, right?

          • srh12

            Yeah according to what moto figured out with the maxx battery many many months ago. Yeah it is pretty damn bad, if you ask me

      • xFenixKnightx

        Widgets and bigger screens? Then you’re never going back, buddy.

        • srh12

          Seriously. Youre probably right. But if they ever do…..

          • xFenixKnightx

            I’m rocking a 4S and hate it. Screen is tiny. I really miss the big Android screens. And now that Android upgraded to ICS and 720p screens I see no reason to stay with Apple. TW looks very nice on the GS3, IMO.

          • chris125

            If the next iphone has a larger screen and lte I most likely will switch to that. I just hate the current size of the screen and at least then won’t have to hack my phone to have the latest updates right away.

          • chris125

            If the next iphone has a larger screen and lte I most likely will switch to that. I just hate the current size of the screen and at least then won’t have to hack my phone to have the latest updates right away.

          • chris125

            If the next iphone has a larger screen and lte I most likely will switch to that. I just hate the current size of the screen and at least then won’t have to hack my phone to have the latest updates right away.

          • xFenixKnightx

            I made a list of what it will take for me to stay with Apple. I really doubt all this comes to light. Especially the screen size.

            The “New iPhone”

            4″ 300ppi Retina Screen
            Super IPS LCD2 
            Gorilla Glass 2
            4G LTE
            A6 Quad Core
            1gb RAM
            Bigger battery
            Same battery life as 4S
            Slimmer/lighter than iPhone 4S
            Minimal bezel 
            Aluminum or Liquid Metal casing
            New aluminum premium earbuds
            Even better 8-10mp camera with dual LED flash
            5mp front camera
            iOS6 with live app icons
            More widgets in notification center
            New navigation and maps app
            Illuminated home button for notifications 
            Multiband World phone
            Siri 2.0 with native app integration
            FaceTime over LTE
            Face unlock 

          • Butters619

            damn it disqus today hates me.

            Looks like I’m not the only one that keeps double posting today

          • Butters619

            Looks like you won’t be staying with Apple. I can see a few of those that have no chance.

          • azndan4

            No one cares about your “Dream phone”

          • EdubE24

            Try out that android screen and see the Beauty in it. I bought the Nexus earlier in the week and sold it today. Charging my phone three times a day is ridiculous. That was with the screen turned down and the 2100 extended battery. Lesson learned….

          • hkklife

            By “bigger” screen, if you nean 4″ then you are good to go. But if you mean 4.3″ or larger, then I think you will be waiting a loooooong time. And as far as widgets, Apple will revisit them in about 2 years and make the general public think they invented the concept, just like they did with “apps” in 2008+

          • srh12

            I’d be ok with 4″. I mean yes, I have gotten very used to way bigger with my androids and like bigger, but if they can at least crack 4″ then I’ll be interested.
            In terms of who copies who, I dont disagree with you but I dont really care too much. Apple can call their next operation system blice bleam blandwich and steal tons of google tech, if it works great, I think I’m going back to the dark side. Just my honest preference, though.

          • srh12

            I’d be ok with 4″. I mean yes, I have gotten very used to way bigger with my androids and like bigger, but if they can at least crack 4″ then I’ll be interested.
            In terms of who copies who, I dont disagree with you but I dont really care too much. Apple can call their next operation system blice bleam blandwich and steal tons of google tech, if it works great, I think I’m going back to the dark side. Just my honest preference, though.

          • srh12

            I’d be ok with 4″. I mean yes, I have gotten very used to way bigger with my androids and like bigger, but if they can at least crack 4″ then I’ll be interested.
            In terms of who copies who, I dont disagree with you but I dont really care too much. Apple can call their next operation system blice bleam blandwich and steal tons of google tech, if it works great, I think I’m going back to the dark side. Just my honest preference, though.

          • srh12

            I’d be ok with 4″. I mean yes, I have gotten very used to way bigger with my androids and like bigger, but if they can at least crack 4″ then I’ll be interested.
            In terms of who copies who, I dont disagree with you but I dont really care too much. Apple can call their next operation system blice bleam blandwich and steal tons of google tech, if it works great, I think I’m going back to the dark side. Just my honest preference, though.

          • srh12

            I’d be ok with 4″. I mean yes, I have gotten very used to way bigger with my androids and like bigger, but if they can at least crack 4″ then I’ll be interested.
            In terms of who copies who, I dont disagree with you but I dont really care too much. Apple can call their next operation system blice bleam blandwich and steal tons of google tech, if it works great, I think I’m going back to the dark side. Just my honest preference, though.

      • iNfAMOUS70702

        jb your iphone…install dashboard x….theres your widgets

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1225957957 Adam Brandt

      agree…because of LTE, EVERY phone in the US is getting the S4. And yes the performance between the S4 and T3 are pretty similar, but check out the performance of the Exynos quad core…it is at LEAST twice that of the S4 and T3. Motorola is out, LG is pretty much agreed to suck, which leaves us with HTC (who may now be locking their bootloaders), and Samsung who uses Touchwiz, and both phones using only dual core S4′s in the US. I’m with him…for the first time in years I am looking forward to what Apple is gonna bring to the table. And yes, my GN till the iPhone 5, or hopefully a quad S4, Tegra 3+ LTE, Exynos LTE

  • xFenixKnightx

    Wondering if this means it won’t be as smooth as the Exynos version… Also wondering how much bloat ware big red adds and if it will finally retain its international look with the button. I like the button, personally.

    • Butters619

      If you look at comparisons between the T3 One X and the S4 One X, the S4 actually looks like it runs a little smoother. Now obviously the Exynos is a different processor and TouchWiz is a different skin so it’s a different ball game, but I wouldn’t count the S4 out just because it’s a dual core.

      • xFenixKnightx

        Just hoping Verizon doesn’t Bing and bloatware it out. The Fascinate was unusable if you ran stock.

        • http://ThisWeeksBeats.com Deez

          Bing has always been reserved for their low-end phones. So i wouldn’t fret about Bing. But if this thing doesn’t have an unlockable bootloader, then I may have to find something else. I’m not going through what the Droid X put me through again…

      • Tyler Cameron

        Yeah… but Samsung’s quad-core Exynos is gonna be the fastest mobile processor this year. Just like their dual-core Exynos was the fastest dual-core processor last year.

        • Butters619

          Unless there is quad core software optimization it’s not going to matter how fast the quad core is.

          • http://fujibayashi.jp/ Gasai Yuno

            So what you are saying is “Linux is not at all optimised for SMP”, right?

        • http://www.statsprofessor.org/ StatsProfessor

          No it won’t. Already tested and nothing special.
          Will get blown away later this year.

  • Wes

    The difference between quad-core and dual-core, in terms of performance, means absolutely squat. Anybody with knowledge of processors knows this.

    • sway

      Its the point, anybody with knowlege would get that. Seems like verizon want to screw everything up thats not “DROID”.

      • LiterofCola

        If every other carrier is getting the S4 processor, then how would it be Verizon’s fault?

      • chris125

        It isn’t verizon’s fault samsung doesn’t have their exynos processor that works with lte yet, seeing how at&t is doing the same thing. Do a little research first before you blame one carrier when the same thing happened last year with the sgs2.

        • substring

          It is not Samsung’s fault. The limitation is on Verizon’s LTE and CDMA configuration.

          • Bionic

            verizon chose the 700MHZ spectrum because of the nature of its speed and security. Its samsung’s fault for not being able to fix their chips

          • angermeans

            Then why is ATT and its GSM network doing the same with the One X and the Tegra 3? It is more than what you think. Believe me Samsung wants nothing more than to have it’s Android industry leading quad core chip in their phones instead of giving competitors like the Snapdragon line more money. It is more than just Verizon. Quad core doesn’t work with 4G LTE and it wont until Qualcomm works with chip manufacturers they have a literal monopoly on LTE embedded chips and everyone would cry foul if the GS3 didnt have 4G. LTE is much more important than a quad core chip not to mention the Snapdragon matches the Tegra 3 in how it runs. It is a nice chip.

      • angermeans

        have you not been here the last couple months? There is a reason that a quad core LTE device doesn’t exist in the market and its not because Verizon wants to screw anything that isnt a Droid. That doesnt even make sense if they are taking a phone then they want it to do well. Don’t be an ignorant fool. Why do you think the One X has the Snapdragon S4 (dual core in case you didnt know), but the device launched with the Tegra 3? Its because Qualcomm makes the LTE chips and I dont know for sure, but I suspect that because Qualcomm doesn’t own a quad core chip they are not willing to work with other chip manufacturers. We all knew the S3 would launch sans the Exynos chip on every carrier in America and this just shows it. You should do some research before making some ignorant comment.

    • Butters619

      Unless the program is coded to take advantage of all 4 cores simultaneously, then it means something.

      (Which isn’t the case for almost anything mobile)

    • http://www.binarybulge.com/ BinaryBulge

      And anyone with real knowledge of the big picture knows you’re a bit off-base.

      Apps don’t even have to be coded in any special way. Android is multi-threaded no matter the device or OS version. CPU intensive threads are likely to be executed by a specific core. This happens automatically. A quad core phone could run 3 CPU-hungry threads without stopping up the UI or the device’s responsiveness.

    • Tyler Cameron

      So… if the Galaxy S II only had a Hummingbird in the US, is it still a Galaxy S II?

    • Guest

      Not sure where you get all your (mis)information.
      Quad CPUs are DEFINITELY faster than dual.
      Today, tomorrow, next month, and next year.
      (Or do you plan on buying a new phone every day?)

      Besides, the quad-core uses 20% *LESS* battery.

    • Bionic

      better battery life……..better management of RAM………smoother homescreen performance………….the list goes on. Is it an absolute NEED? No, nice to have? Yes

  • sway

    So then why get this over the Gnexus if its not quad core, thats fail.

    • Butters619

      Better battery life because of the processor, faster processor, better screen, better camera, bigger battery, removable storage….

      ….I couldn’t see any reason at all…

      (Oh and possibly 4.0.4 first haha)

      • LiterofCola

        I lol’d at the last part

      • chaoscentral

        How do you figure the screen is better? 4.65″ vs 4.8″? Because other than a slight size bump its the same screen. Not trying to argue just seeing where you coming from with that.

  • Bionic

    No quad core = no thanks. Im gonna wait until 2013 to upgrade my phone. By then the new Texas Instruments quad core chips will likely be in the new Motorola phones and that is what I will buy.

    • hkklife

      There is the potsntial that there might even be any Motorola phones in 2013 if they keep up this rate of non-performance!

      • chris125

        There will be 10 more different color razrs to push them until then, so they will be fine /s

  • DROID DOES

    Inferior GPU and CPU :(

  • Greyhame

    if this land with 4.0.4 before the nexus gets 4.0 4.. come ON Verizon.

    • srh12

      The nexus name is a lie. We were all duped.

      • AE35

        I wasn’t duped. I saw people getting duped. That’s not to say I’ve never been duped but I wasn’t duped that particular time.

        I almost got duped by the Fascinate but I dodged that bullet Matrix style. Hopefully Verizon doesn’t mutilate this phone similarly or I may, in fact, get duped.

        (x 6)

        • srh12

          Well my butt got duped. That didnt sound right did it?
          I just want 4.0.4 to address the bugs with the radios. Thts really all I ask!

    • Jwhap

      Not that I disagree at all…..but that is why I rooted and manually installed the ota. Waiting for Verizon’s official support is like waiting for the second coming! Not wasting my time being stressed about it.

      • Greyhame

        I did the same, but I shouldn’t have to.

        • Jwhap

          No doubt! I agree you shouldn’t have to. But it could be worse, could have a locked bootloader that makes the process difficult. I would like to see Verizon get out of the way….but that is not happening anytime soon.

  • http://fujibayashi.jp/ Gasai Yuno

    I wonder if it’ll be delayed on Verizon (or Sprint) due to different hardware.

  • jon

    i really hope this lands on verizon! my droid x has about had it. still runs well but the menu button is almost toast.. just wish that samsung would change some of the materials that they use on their phones. my droid x has a wonderful solid feel to it..i guess a case to protect it wont hurt me if i can get rid of that shiny cover they are using..

    • JasminJasarevic

      agreed, my X is slowly coming to a death. hopefully the S3 is worth it. if it comes to Verizon.

    • Confused

      So let me understand. You praise the build quality of the phone, but then need to replace it because of a button that is wearing out, after the phone has barely even been out 2 years? Don’t you find that a bit ironic?

  • kixofmyg0t

    Thats disappointing. The S4 isnt bad at all….but I just expected more.

    • srh12

      It is a bit of a shame that the S3 has an S4. Hopefully the S4 will have something better than the S4.
      Yeah, I’m sorry that was bad.

      • http://www.facebook.com/kortesoja Lance Kortesoja

        lol. i just got this.

    • http://www.facebook.com/kortesoja Lance Kortesoja

      lol. there hasn’t even been an S4 device released for Verizon yet, and you want more? What more is there?

      • kixofmyg0t

        lol. I just want to start every sentence with lol lol. lol.

        Tegra3 maybe? How about Samsung’s own damn Exynos? OMAP5 ftw.

        I was expecting Samsung to at least use their own chip at least.

        • azndan4

          No LTE. Did you really expect them to release it with anything other than the S4? Every new LTE phone in the U.S. uses the S4.

          • kixofmyg0t

            I expected them to engineer a chip that could actually use LTE. Their is no reason why the quad core Exynos doesnt support LTE.

          • azndan4

            It isn’t that easy to develop their own LTE modem. Nvidia has been (presumably) trying since the days of the Tegra 2 and they still don’t have one.

          • azndan4

            It isn’t that easy to develop their own LTE modem. Nvidia has been (presumably) trying since the days of the Tegra 2 and they still don’t have one.

          • azndan4

            It isn’t that easy to develop their own LTE modem. Nvidia has been (presumably) trying since the days of the Tegra 2 and they still don’t have one.

          • azndan4

            It isn’t that easy to develop their own LTE modem. Nvidia has been (presumably) trying since the days of the Tegra 2 and they still don’t have one.

          • azndan4

            It isn’t that easy to develop their own LTE modem. Nvidia has been (presumably) trying since the days of the Tegra 2 and they still don’t have one.

          • azndan4

            It isn’t that easy to develop their own LTE modem. Nvidia has been (presumably) trying since the days of the Tegra 2 and they still don’t have one.

          • azndan4

            It isn’t that easy to develop their own LTE modem. Nvidia has been (presumably) trying since the days of the Tegra 2 and they still don’t have one.

          • azndan4

            It isn’t that easy to develop their own LTE modem. Nvidia has been (presumably) trying since the days of the Tegra 2 and they still don’t have one.

          • azndan4

            It isn’t that easy to develop their own LTE modem. Nvidia has been (presumably) trying since the days of the Tegra 2 and they still don’t have one.

          • azndan4

            It isn’t that easy to develop their own LTE modem. Nvidia has been (presumably) trying since the days of the Tegra 2 and they still don’t have one.

          • azndan4

            It isn’t that easy to develop their own LTE modem. Nvidia has been (presumably) trying since the days of the Tegra 2 and they still don’t have one.

          • azndan4

            It isn’t that easy to develop their own LTE modem. Nvidia has been (presumably) trying since the days of the Tegra 2 and they still don’t have one.

          • azndan4

            It isn’t that easy to develop their own LTE modem. Nvidia has been (presumably) trying since the days of the Tegra 2 and they still don’t have one.

          • azndan4

            It isn’t that easy to develop their own LTE modem. Nvidia has been (presumably) trying since the days of the Tegra 2 and they still don’t have one.

          • azndan4

            It isn’t that easy to develop their own LTE modem. Nvidia has been (presumably) trying since the days of the Tegra 2 and they still don’t have one.

          • azndan4

            It isn’t that easy to develop their own LTE modem. Nvidia has been (presumably) trying since the days of the Tegra 2 and they still don’t have one.

          • azndan4

            It isn’t that easy to develop their own LTE modem. Nvidia has been (presumably) trying since the days of the Tegra 2 and they still don’t have one.

          • azndan4

            It isn’t that easy to develop their own LTE modem. Nvidia has been (presumably) trying since the days of the Tegra 2 and they still don’t have one.

          • azndan4

            It isn’t that easy to develop their own LTE modem. Nvidia has been (presumably) trying since the days of the Tegra 2 and they still don’t have one.

          • azndan4

            It isn’t that easy to develop their own LTE modem. Nvidia has been (presumably) trying since the days of the Tegra 2 and they still don’t have one.

          • azndan4

            It isn’t that easy to develop their own LTE modem. Nvidia has been (presumably) trying since the days of the Tegra 2 and they still don’t have one.

          • azndan4

            It isn’t that easy to develop their own LTE modem. Nvidia has been (presumably) trying since the days of the Tegra 2 and they still don’t have one.

          • azndan4

            It isn’t that easy to develop their own LTE modem. Nvidia has been (presumably) trying since the days of the Tegra 2 and they still don’t have one.

          • azndan4

            It isn’t that easy to develop their own LTE modem. Nvidia has been (presumably) trying since the days of the Tegra 2 and they still don’t have one.

          • azndan4

            It isn’t that easy to develop their own LTE modem. Nvidia has been (presumably) trying since the days of the Tegra 2 and they still don’t have one.

          • azndan4

            It isn’t that easy to develop their own LTE modem. Nvidia has been (presumably) trying since the days of the Tegra 2 and they still don’t have one.

          • azndan4

            It isn’t that easy to develop their own LTE modem. Nvidia has been (presumably) trying since the days of the Tegra 2 and they still don’t have one.

          • azndan4

            It isn’t that easy to develop their own LTE modem. Nvidia has been (presumably) trying since the days of the Tegra 2 and they still don’t have one.

          • azndan4

            It isn’t that easy to develop their own LTE modem. Nvidia has been (presumably) trying since the days of the Tegra 2 and they still don’t have one.

          • azndan4

            It isn’t that easy to develop their own LTE modem. Nvidia has been (presumably) trying since the days of the Tegra 2 and they still don’t have one.

          • azndan4

            It isn’t that easy to develop their own LTE modem. Nvidia has been (presumably) trying since the days of the Tegra 2 and they still don’t have one.

          • azndan4

            It isn’t that easy to develop their own LTE modem. Nvidia has been (presumably) trying since the days of the Tegra 2 and they still don’t have one.

          • azndan4

            It isn’t that easy to develop their own LTE modem. Nvidia has been (presumably) trying since the days of the Tegra 2 and they still don’t have one.

          • azndan4

            It isn’t that easy to develop their own LTE modem. Nvidia has been (presumably) trying since the days of the Tegra 2 and they still don’t have one.

          • azndan4

            It isn’t that easy to develop their own LTE modem. Nvidia has been (presumably) trying since the days of the Tegra 2 and they still don’t have one.

          • azndan4

            It isn’t that easy to develop their own LTE modem. Nvidia has been (presumably) trying since the days of the Tegra 2 and they still don’t have one.

          • azndan4

            It isn’t that easy to develop their own LTE modem. Nvidia has been (presumably) trying since the days of the Tegra 2 and they still don’t have one.

          • azndan4

            It isn’t that easy to develop their own LTE modem. Nvidia has been (presumably) trying since the days of the Tegra 2 and they still don’t have one.

          • kixofmyg0t

            You had to tell me that 40 times?

            I get it dude. I get it.

            On another note its not that hard to make a LTE chip. Pantech has a LTE phone for christs sake.

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          • Noam Mendelssohn

            The pantech device, aka Vega Racer 2, is an S4 device as well.
            So moot point :)

          • kixofmyg0t

            No, the Pantech device I was talking about was the Breakout. It has a 2010 vintage 8655 S2 and still has LTE.

          • angermeans

            Yes Pantech has a 4G phone, but not with their chip they have a Qualcomm Broadcom chip just like every other phone in America that has LTE. You just need to stop your making yourself look like an ignorant fool.

          • kixofmyg0t

            Yes they do, and they were made in 2010, here we are 2 years later and nVidia/Samsung are developing SOC’s that DONT support LTE. So Im a ignorant fool because they are still coming out with new chips that dont support LTE? Good job troll.

          • Aardvark99

            Obviously there is a reason. It’s the “system on a chip” (SoC) that lacks the LTE modem. The CPU, which is just a part of the SoC, has little to do with it. Look at the Wikipedia for “system on a chip” and Exynos to see how this stuff is different than a PC’s CPU.

          • angermeans

            It sounds like you need to do some research. Samsung is not in the LTE chip business. Qualcomm is and they own Snapdragon. Is it that hard to see the reason why this is happening here in America? It doesnt happen overseas as they dont have widespread LTE like we do. LTE is much better than quad core anyways, and the S3 will not launch with 3G they would be laughed all the way back to Korea and no one would take the S3 seriously. The S4 is a really nice chip and runs just as well as the joke that is the Tegra 3. Just like last year when the Tegra 2 launched early and then every other chip on the market launched their dual core and completely wiped the floor with NVIDIA and their Tegra line. Tegra 3 had it’s day and it is too bad as these new chips will be much better.

        • AE35

          You were doing so well with your first comment … then you had to go and ruin it didn’t you?

          • kixofmyg0t

            #care.

            I noticed Lance Kortesoja started every reply with “lol” regardless of subject.

          • http://www.facebook.com/kortesoja Lance Kortesoja

            Bad habit. You should see my texts