Which SoC will power the Galaxy Note III?

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While upcoming Samsung models like the Galaxy S 4 Mini or GS4 Active certainly have our interest, when it comes to really high-end gear – the sort of phones worth waiting in line for – the next big Samsung entry looks like it will be the Galaxy Note III. Rumors have been all over this guy, with the latest talking about the killer camera the phablet could end up with. Now we turn our attention to processing power for a moment, with some new thoughts on the Note III’s SoC.

About a month ago, we were talking about the Note III running an Exynos 5 Octa, but that same rumor mentioned 3GB of RAM – an oddball figure that had us doubting the whole thing. Instead of a Samsung chip, a new report out of Korea suggests that Samsung could go with a Snapdragon 800 for the Note III.

The timing makes enough sense, with the 800 only just about to become available in significant numbers. What’s not entirely clear (and not helped any by translation issues with the source) is if this might be an across-the-board decision to go with the 800 for the Note III, or if we might have a situation like with the Galaxy S 4, with a Samsung/Qualcomm split. With the Galaxy Note II, at least, Samsung shipped the phone with a single SoC across the board: the Exynos 4 Quad.

Source: ZDNet Korea (Google Translate)
Via: SamMobile

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Stephen Schenck
Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bitsRead more about Stephen Schenck!