Galaxy S III coming to five US carriers this month sans quad-core CPU

By Shawn Knight
Jun 4, 2012
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  1. Samsung has announced plans to bring their flagship Galaxy S III smartphone to the US this month through five different carriers. The bad news is that it won't be the...

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  2. I'm in need of getting a new smartphone, as mine (4G EVO) is falling apart and it is really slow and buggy, I was gonna get Galaxy S2 but then decided to wait for S3, I was excited for the quad core as I want something as fast as possible, I know dual core will be way better than my single core, but now wondering if it worth to go with S3 instead of S2 and save me $100.
  3. gamoniac

    gamoniac TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 215   +46

    This article is promoting 4-Core simply for bragging right? Typical tech site. I would rather take the Qualcomm S4 dual-core for better battery life. Both the quad-core Exynos and Qualcomm S4 have great reviews.
  4. The US version will have 2GB of RAM instead of 1GB as in the international versions
  5. lawfer

    lawfer TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,272   +90

    It wasn't "downgraded." The S4 is a superior SoC, not only because it delivers similar performance with 2 less cores, but because it--unlike Exynos--has an integrated LTE radio while still having comparable battery life.
  6. mevans336

    mevans336 TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 163   +11

    The S4 is significantly slower than the Quad Exynos.

    http://www.anandtech.com/show/5811/samsung-galaxy-s-iii-preview
  7. mosu

    mosu TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 296

    No major release with OMAP 5 yet?
  8. Tygerstrike

    Tygerstrike TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 827   +93

    Well my question is how is it going to stand up to use? I see it everyday. Someone falls for the hype on a smartphone, and then wonders why their phone starts acting up once they have downloaded a ton of apps. Sometimes faster is better, but I prefer to think that battery life is a huge issue. Some may be awed by the speed of a phones processor, im impressed by how a phone handles its power use. Will I have to charge my phone sometimes 3x a day? Is my uber screen going to be 80% of the power useage? Those would be the questions I would pose to the makers of the phone.
  9. lawfer

    lawfer TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,272   +90

    I stand corrected.

    According to the article, Samsung made it seem like this version of the MSM8960 that will launch on the US variant of the SG III would somehow be comparable to Exynos' performance. After seeing the numbers, though, I don't see how even an OC could bring the performance up to par.
  10. And of course we all care because all we do is run benchmarks on our phones or use apps to render movies in 3d for later viewing on our home theaters.
  11. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,273   +258

    Sounds like we may have another of those Q6600 + 8800 GT is enough for anything users. You don't think more speed is better? You think these benchmarks only translate to faster benchmarking? It can affect the user experience if the machine is faster.
     
  12. Darth Shiv

    Darth Shiv TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 1,134   +172

    Actually I use my SGS2 as a portable media centre. Much easier than carrying around a laptop. And the SGS2, while fast, could be faster in general use.

    The hardware tech has to lead the software otherwise the software is unusable anyway. Tech advancement is driven by high end users who want the speed to open up new possibilities - might not be what you want but if it isn't, this phone isn't for you and you should look at the mid or low range product lines instead. Someone has to try to move forward.


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