Audiophiles rejoice – Wolfson has confirmed that the Galaxy SIII does in fact, incorporate their WM1811 Audio Hub. If you happened to own a Galaxy S, then it is possible that you disinterred some rather high quality audio, all thanks to Wolfson’s previous Audio Hub, although Sammy chose a Yamaha variant for the SGSII. The two companies are back together again and the chip is to produce, “crystal clear voice call quality” and “enriched audio playback for music and video.”
Update: Well, according to @supercurio, the U.S. variant does not have the Wolfson chip and instead uses Qualcomm’s own audio chip with the Snapdragon S4. And you wondered why we were upset about not getting that quad-core Exynos. OK, we admit that we had no idea it had upgraded audio, but dammit, now we want it.
From what Kellex and myself have already experienced, I would say that Sammy and Wolfson hit the nail on the head when it comes to audio on the SGSIII. Don’t send me death threats, but everything sounds great when I hook up my Beats by Dre headphones to the device.
EDINBURGH, Scotland–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Wolfson Microelectronics plc, a global leader in the design and development of mixed-signal semiconductors and high definition (HD) Audio solutions for the consumer electronics market, has today announced that its ultra-low power HD Audio Hub, the WM1811, has been selected by Samsung for inclusion in its highly-anticipated new smartphone, 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.”
This announcement builds on Wolfson’s strong partnership with Samsung, having already designed Wolfson’s WM8994 Audio Hub into several of its leading-edge smartphones, including the Samsung Wave and Galaxy S.
Featuring class-leading technology, the WM1811 provides crystal-clear voice call quality and enriched audio playback for music and video while minimising power consumption, enabling manufacturers such as Samsung to create outstanding HD Audio user experiences with long battery life.
Commenting on the announcement, Wolfson’s Chief Executive Officer Mike Hickey said: “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.
“Our continued success with Samsung, particularly within its range of smartphones and tablets, is testament to the unrivalled quality of our HD Audio Hubs, and the unique features in our products that allow manufacturers to create differentiated audio experiences.”
Packed with innovative technology designed for humans, the GALAXY S III is effortlessly smart and intuitively simple to make people’s everyday life easier.