I read an interesting piece not too long ago on the games that carriers and manufacturers play. Essentially, it’s not a game; rather, it’s business. While some manufacturers were initially hesitant to cater to the every whim of their largest customers, the carriers, others were more opportunistic, and as such, produced multiple iterations of the same device to get it on as many carriers as possible. Case in point, the best selling Android phone of 2010 – the original Samsung Galaxy S. This phone, like so many others, was rebranded so many times I’ve simply lost count.
Bringing us to today, we are now looking at documents that have just cropped up on the FCC website, that are indicating that a release of the highly acclaimed Samsung Galaxy S II is coming to North America – albeit with a Tegra 2 inside as opposed to the Mali400MP GPU. Considering the English blokes this side of the Atlantic have received the 1.2Ghz Exynos variant, we have to ask – what gives?
Either way, Samsung’s North American version of the Samsung Galaxy S II has made its way past the ultimate technological gatekeeper, the FCC, but this one seems to be coming equipped with an Nvidia Tegra 2 on board.
This raises a lot of questions – and good ones at that. What sort of difference in performance can we expect? Which version is superior? Why is there no Exynos/Mali400MP GPU version presenting itself? Both are based off ARM’s A9 architecture, but are likely to be clocked at different speeds (1Ghz Tegra 2 vs. 1.2Ghz Exynos respectively). Performance wise, they are in roughly the same camp, but the Quadrant scores of the 1.2Ghz Exynos variant currently command the best benchmarks out of the box that we have ever witnessed.
As PocketNow opined, “it’s more than likely this new change in SOC’s has more to do with pricing and availability seeing how the Galaxy S 2 has been breaking sales records all over the world. ”
The radio featured in this particular variant suggests that it will be compatible with AT&T and Bell, Telus and Rogers in the big white North, Canada. When it will come stateside is yet to be confirmed officially, but a week or two from now and we should be seeing official announcements.
So – we leave it to you, our dear readers – how does this make you feel? Do you feel like most consumers won’t care or know the difference? Is this a matter of money, or a matter of availability? Like with all things not fully understood, it’s likely a combination of both. Either way, there’s no doubting that this is one of the best Android superphones of 2011, and we can’t wait to see hundreds of thousands of eager Android fans get their hands on one.
Would you rather have the Samsung Galaxy S II with the Exynos processor on board, with its lightning quick Flash functionality or would you rather have a Tegra 2 in your SGS II, with its access to the Tegra Zone market?