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US Galaxy S3 Very Likely To Feature Dual Core Snapdragon Chipset

Eric McBride
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Oooooh man. I can imagine that this bit of news is probably gonna piss off a lot of people in the US, and understandably so. In case you didn't know, Samsung has officially confirmed that the Samsung Galaxy S3 will feature quad core chips in Europe, Korea and pretty much the rest of the world, which is a good thing. But what's actually strange is that in the US, it looks like this won't be the case. A Samsung executive who declined to be named recently reported in the Korea Times that while quad core architecture will be used for the Galaxy S3 in general, the US will be the only country that will ship the device with a dual core chip. Umm...ok. But that's cool right, as surely that dual core chip is the new Exynos 5250 2Ghz dual core chip right (the one that many say outperforms the quad core variant)? Well I hate to break it to you, but no. According to this report, in the US, the S3 looks like it will be shipping with a dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon chip.

WOW. From the responses on Twitter, I can see that lots of Americans are now making plans to purchase the international version of the device, as a dual core Qualacomm chip seems like a lot of old news to quite a few people. Just to be clear, the Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 is NOT a bad chip, and certainly would offer great 4G speeds that carriers offer in the States. With that being said, it's certainly not an impressive as the Exynos 4412 quad core chip or the new dual core 5250, which is why I understand the reactions of many people after hearing this.

What do you guys think? Would this change your (US readers) mind about buying the device? Will it steer more US users towards buying the international version? Or do you think the sacrifice is worth it in order to have good 4G speeds?

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  • Jay Apr 27, 2012 Link

    No way Sammy u can't do this to these guys...bcoz if u do this then u gonna lose a lot of customers in US...
    Ok the people ll buy devices from overseas but how about the people who wanna get this long time awaited device on contract( wat most of the people do) ??? Those poor people r gonna say the same thing to Samsung wat the iPhone users said to Apple wen they released iPhone 4s instead of iPhone 5.
    Isn't that true Eric ?? Wat u recon ??

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  • Eric McBride Apr 27, 2012 Link

    Thats exactly how I feel about it as well. People who were looking to get this phone for its hardware might walk right into an apple store now, as buying internationally is not only a hassle, but ALOT more expensive.

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  • Elmo Clarity Apr 27, 2012 Link

    Since it is rumored that Samsung is doing the next Nexus phone, I wonder if the better processors are being saved for it?

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  • Eric McBride Apr 27, 2012 Link

    I really really REALLY hope so. That Exynos dual core 2Ghz chip is really supposed to be a BOSS.

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  • Ti Mo Apr 27, 2012 Link

    Why would they put a worse chip in the us version?

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  • Eric McBride Apr 27, 2012 Link

    Its because of the LTE in the US ( i think). Doesnt make any sense to me at all. Theres no way in hell I would buy that phone from the US if this is the case. Really stupid move. Before they do that, they should ship it with their new 2ghz dual core chip.

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  • Lue Vang Apr 27, 2012 Link

    There goes few million customers. O_o

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    markbc c. Apr 27, 2012 Link

    ...and.I'm sure our (US) button arrangement also will be different...:-(
    I wonder if this is to save the carriers $$, or is related to battery drain/use?

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  • Tarun Singh Apr 27, 2012 Link

    A little off-topic but you people seem very biased towards the S3. No doubt its the most anticipated phone but the LG 4X HD seems like a clear competitor and I haven't come across any mention of it from you guys, leave alone news.

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  • Eric McBride Apr 27, 2012 Link

    @Lue - Possibly..hopefully not!
    @markbc - I've wondered about that myself! Weird right?
    @Tarun - Yes, but thats for a couple of reasons. LG doesnt market nearly aggressively enough to stand a chance against this release, and it shows in their sales. While their phones are indeed good devices (and we have 3 people there covering the release of their new device happening in Germany as we speak), they have never had a phone released that shipped millions of units. The LG 4X HD on paper is a nice device, but the only phone that can honestly compete with the S3 this year is the iPhone 5, and possibly the next Nexus phone.

    I would like to see Sony, HTC, LG, and Motorola get off their butts and start marketing more aggressively, but their attempts so far havent been very impressive at all. Becuase of this, consumer interest in LG's devices is extremely low, which is sad, but unfortunately the reality of whats happening.

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  • Tarun Singh Apr 27, 2012 Link

    So is AndroidPIT about reporting only the well-marketed Android stuff? I sure hope otherwise. You do a great job at what you do but lately its almost all been about the S3. Don't get me wrong, I'm very excited about the S3 too but having just discovered the LG device (and not from you guys) makes me wonder what else is out there that I don't know about. Even though its not as popular (4X), a lot of users, including me are interested in. I've seen the excitement, go check the blogs.

    Take this as a friendly feedback. I appreciate your work. Cheers!

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  • Eric McBride Apr 27, 2012 Link

    Hi Tarun!

    Thanks very much for your words. And yes, I know what you mean. Lately its been a lot of gs3 talk due to its upcoming release. Next week we will naturally cover that event, but you will also get our report on LGs newest release as well as some other devices.

    I totally agree that its been way too much gs3 talk lately, and am actually really glad that next week the damn phone finally comes out so we can move on! :-D

    Thank you very much for your feedback!

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