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Dual Core Samsung Galaxy S3 Hitting The US In June **Sigh**

Eric McBride
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While many of our US readers might not care about this, I would be willing to bet that A LOT of them will. If you remember back in April, I reported on the US version of the Galaxy S3 likely featuring a dual core processor. Well, I have good news and bad news for our US readers. The good news is that the Galaxy S3 is coming to Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and U.S Cellular. The bad news is that it will indeed have a dual core chipset, and not the quad core Exynos 4412 that many had hoped for.

I normally love it when I write a rumor that turns out to be true, but in this case I really wish I had been completely wrong. While it’s great that the 5 biggest US carriers will be receiving the device, it’s really kind of disappointing that it will feature the same 1.5GHz dual core Snapdragon S4 processor (just like the US version of the HTC One X). While the processor certainly is powerful and more than capable to provide you with a good experience, it certainly is disappointing for the people who were hoping on some quad core goodness. So why did it happen?

I can answer that in 3 letters: LTE. While we don’t have 100% confirmation that this is the reason, it’s being reported that the incompatibility between the quad core Exynos 4412 and the US LTE data networks was the reason for the “downgrade”. The HTC One X ran into the same issue, and even though it shipped with a quad core Tegra 3 internationally, the US version also featured a dual core chip due to LTE networks.

But remember that quad core doesn’t always mean faster, and the Snapdragon S4 chip is certainly not slow. All additional features and specs should remain the same as the international version, minus the chip. While I had hoped the US version might feature Samsung’s newest Exynos 5250 2Ghz dual core chip, it seems that this chipset is being saved for another device. But there IS something that the US version will feature that I'm honestly pretty jealous about...

On a VERY positive note, the US Galaxy S3 WILL feature 2GB of RAM, which could possibly provide an even better daily use performance boost than the quad core processor, so it's not all bad! I would have LOVED to see 2GB of RAM in the international version that we reviewed, and I'm very curious to see how the RAM upgrade will affect performance. 

How do you guys feel about this? Does this turn any of our US readers off from buying the device in the States? Are you more tempted to buy an international version now? Or is the 2GB of RAM in the dual core US version in a way more interesting?

Let us know what you think in the comments below!

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  • Jordan Leeper Jun 4, 2012 Link

    The snapdragon cpu won't make much of a difference to me, considering the phone will already be extremely fast. However, the 2GB of RAM... now that has me excited.

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    DaBartonator Jun 5, 2012 Link

    Sweet!...the exponential growth has started from 500 meg to nearly and gig and now two gigs of ram! People think that we are a technologically advanced race but I think we have just lit the fuse on the tech powder keg

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  • Jay Jun 5, 2012 Link

    Hey guys it's not just bcoz of the US LTE network here in Australia we have the same problem. On Saturday I went to get galaxy S3 on Telstra's 4G network but they said that they don't have a 4G version yet and no idea when it's coming. Reportedly its gonna take saverel months. But I can't wait till then. Actually m using galaxy nexus at the moment but still wanna get this device bcoz I had very good experience with galaxy s2 last year. So unfortunately tomorrow m gonna get a 3G version. What do u guys suggest ? Should I go for it or should I wait for the 4G version.

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  • Eric McBride Jun 5, 2012 Link

    Thats the debate! The more I think about it, the 2gig RAM version might be more interesting, as it would provide better day to day performance. The quad core version is only gonna give a performance boost in gaming, so unless you game a lot, you wont even use that extra power.

    Its a tough one!

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  • Jordan Leeper Jun 5, 2012 Link

    @Jay idk what the 4G coverage is like in Australia, but here in the states its pretty limited to metropolitan areas. I've never even had a chance to use it due to where I live. So unless you have total coverage, I'd say forget the 4G and just go for what's out now.

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  • Atlas Jun 5, 2012 Link

    Is there really an advantage having a quad core cpu if you're not a gamer? I'm waiting for the Huawei phone, but I'm considering buying a recent dual core instead. But I wonder, can these dual cores play full hd with software codecs?

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  • Eric McBride Jun 5, 2012 Link

    @Atlas - Thats just it. The BIGGEST advantage to a quad core cpu is gaming. Sure, there might be other apps that can use a bit of that power, but games use it the most effectively. In most cases, dual core is more than enough.

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  • Jordan Leeper Jun 5, 2012 Link

    @Eric you are right on. why do you think my gaming rig i built has 6 cores lolz. But would the difference (besides gaming) even be noticeable to a standard user?

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  • Eric McBride Jun 5, 2012 Link

    To be honest, not really. In day to day performance when I tested the GS3, my dual core Samsung Galaxy Nexus was actually faster in many ways. For screen swiping or scrolling, you ll barely notice a difference. You might see a SLIGHT difference when using apps like the browser, pages might load a hair faster, ect. But a massive difference? I certainly didnt see one.

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  • Jordan Leeper Jun 5, 2012 Link

    yeah thats along the lines of what i was thinking

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  • Jay Jun 6, 2012 Link

    Thank u so much Eric and u r right that the main advantage of a quad core is better gaming. And Jordan thanks a lot for ur suggestion. The graphics of the 'Blood And Glory' used to change into weird colors after playing for half an hour on my GS2 when I think that then I wanna go for a quad core device. But I would love to get a 2gig Ram and 4G LTE as I have very good coverage of 4G in my area (asked by Jordan). But a 4G version is not coming out for saverel months as they said and I can't wait till then coz by that time next Nexus will come out then nobody is gonna buy their 4G GS3 right?? So I think I should go for a 3G Next G version. It's still faster than all the other networks in Austraila. Thanks again guys...

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  • Eric McBride Jun 6, 2012 Link

    No problem bro :-) Glad to help!

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  • CJ Brown Jun 7, 2012 Link

    Battery life - does more power to the CPU effect the length of time a Battery will last before needing to be recharged? Quad-core does sound more appealing then Dual-core (could some day a Tri-core CPU be developed for Android Tablets & Smart Phones that is compatible for 4G lte service?)

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