A newly-published user agent profile for what is likely to be Verizon’s version of the Samsung Galaxy S3 shows the device being powered by a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor — and not Samsung’s own quad-core Exynos CPU, which the company recently revealed to be present in the global version of the phone. Although there is no definitive proof that the handset going by model number SCH-I535 is in fact the VZW SGS3, its specs as well as its naming convention are highly suggestive: running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich with a resolution of 1280 x 720, the device’s SCH-I5XX nomenclature follows other premium Samsung handsets on Big Red such as the Galaxy Nexus (SCH-I515), Droid Charge (SCH-I510), and of course, the original Galaxy S Fascinate (SCH-I500). BGR first reported that Verizon was planning to carry the flagship phone, due to be announced on Thursday in London.
An earlier rumor suggested that a Samsung executive had revealed that US versions of the next Galaxy were destined to utilize Qualcomm silicon, so in some ways the inclusion of an MSM8960 S4 Snapdragon in this profile — used by web servers to discern a phone’s capabilities — should come as little surprise. HTC did the same thing with its domestic One X (really a One XL), which eschewed the global version’s quad-core Tegra 3 chip in order to surf AT&T’s LTE network. However, with consumers often equating more cores with better performance, there will undoubtedly be some discontent by US cellphone users who have so far been left out of the quad-core party. (Our own testing seemed to show that the S4 in fact benchmarked better than the Tegra 3 in the One X variants, although the new Exynos may be another story.)
It should be noted that Samsung has purposely obfuscated its UAProfs several times in the past on high-profile devices; the particular profile in question, however, comes from Verizon, with Samsung usually leaving user agent duties to US carriers for its CDMA handsets.