The hardware picture of the Samsung Galaxy S III is finally really starting to come together, with Samsung just announcing that its next Galaxy will feature one of the company’s quad-core Exynos chips. Recently, though, we’ve seen high-profile quad-core phones also launched as dual-core versions on carriers using LTE. Will we see a similar job done on the Galaxy S III? According to one report, that could very well be the case.
The Korea Times cites unnamed Samsung officials as explaining that there will be three main versions of the Galaxy S III: a quad-core Exynos with 3G for international markets, a quad-core Exynos with LTE for South Korea, and a Snapdragon-based model for the US.
This is decidedly odd, assuming the information turns out to be accurate; we could understand using a Snapdragon if the Exynos didn’t have LTE support, but that’s clearly not the case here. Was it a matter of frequency coverage? Perhaps even a move suggested by US carriers themselves for some reason? Whatever the logic is, we’d love to hear what Samsung’s thinking.
Without quad-core Snapdragons yet available, a US Galaxy S III with a Qualcomm chip would almost certainly use a dual-core S4 component.