Samsung Galaxy S3 via NTT Docomo has amazing new specs

by: AdrianMay 16, 2012

Before we could even catch our breaths after the Galaxy S3’s pricing and availability announcement in Taiwan, Samsung has already announced the new flagship’s release on the most important mobile carrier in Japan, NTT Docomo. While it has failed to reveal the exact date when the S3 will hit NTT Docomo’s shelves and the device’s pricing in Japan, Samsung has mentioned a couple of very interesting technical details about the new phone.

First of all, the Japanese version of the S3, codenamed SC-06D, will be powered by a dual-core 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8960 S4 processor. The “Krait” chipset will replace  Samsung’s Exynos 4 Quad, set to power the S3’s international model. The main reason behind the substitution is the fact that NTT Docomo will offer Samsung’s new flagship with 4G LTE speeds and, as you may already know, quad core chipsets haven’t played nice with LTE. We suspected that the LTE-versions of the S3 would come with the MSM8960 chipset under their hood and, while it isn’t officially confirmed, we can now be almost certain that the US or Canadian models with 4G speeds will feature the same proc.

The second technical detail that will set the Japanese S3 version apart from the international model is the featuring of 2 GB of RAM. That’s right, ladies and gentlemen, LG’s Optimus LTE2 is no longer the only smartphone to come with 2 GB of RAM and Samsung’s SC-06D could steal the spotlight from the recently unveiled LG phone in Korea.

On the other hand, we have to say that we’re a bit surprised to see Samsung pull a stunt like this and we’re pretty disappointed that the Japanese will be the only ones to enjoy the additional feature of the 2GB of RAM. Or will they? Because, after all, Samsung hasn’t mentioned anything about the LTE S3 models due for a release in the US or Canada, so they might come with 2 GB of RAM as well, right?

Aside from the processor and RAM, the SC-06D is set to be identical hardware with the international S3. That means that it will come with a 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED display with a 1280 x 720 pixels resolution, 8 MP/1.9 MP dual cameras, NFC, a 2100 mAh battery, Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, 16/32 GB of on-board memory, as well as a microSD card slot.

In terms of software, the Samsung SC-06D will run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich with TouchWiz 4.0 UI on top, as well as with the “Docomo Palette UI”. Due for a release in June or July, the Japanese S3 doesn’t yet have a price tag attached to its name. Before wrapping up this post, we should also mention that NTT Docomo has unveiled 18 other new devices, aside from the Galaxy S3. LG’s Optimus Vu, Sony’s Xperia GX and the Tegra 3-running Arrows X are the other stars of the carrier’s new line-up of phones and, if you want to find out more about these, you should check out this link on Docomo’s official website.

How does an LTE-enabled S3 with a Snapdragon S4 chipset and 2 GB of RAM sound? Do you think that a similarly equipped version will hit the US soon enough? Or does Samsung have other surprises in store for American tech enthusiasts?

  • Lekz

    Tegra 3?

  • The new specs are great but I was expecting 12 MP rumored Camera to be true :)

    • InpraiseofHim

      So was I but 2 GB will get me to buy this now. I was going to wait for the next Note because I really like the size but I can live with this S3 now. :-)

  • stguest

    You couldnt even get the international specs right… How can we trust you that this is true? Gosh, androidauthority lets just about anyone write, huh?

    Tegra 3… Hahaha. Sorry for being snobbish, but its not like the specs are a secret for the international version.

  • Leif Ross

    I’m pretty sure there are more people out there than me who think phones that doesnt even last a day are fairly useless, however i agree that some of them are pretty darn cool, like come on, who doesnt want a quadcore processor?

    I am saying this as a Android developer, i dont really care about how thin the phone is, what i want is a 4″ display, a nice battery and a powerfull cpu, thickness is not a issue. I wouldnt mind if the phone was 2 cm thick, it would still fit better in my pocket/hands than a titanic 4.8″ screen. Something is wrong when the phone looks like it can break in your pocket!

    Who out there delivers a 4″ display, quadcore, nice storage and a battery equal to the razr maxx? No one, that is the answer! This is why im still sticking with my Htc hero, simply because its not like a damn laptop in size, and the battery lasts for almost a week. Only issue i have with it, is that it doesnt support gles20.

    • Xd

      What bunch of bs…

      • Leif Ross

        Well thank you for the constructive and intelligent criticism!

        • thepeddle

          Mr. Ross you’re honestly saying as an Android “developer” you prefer a 4 inch screen…..I would suggest you’re are in the minority on this one….when are you and everyone else who are so strongly opinionated going to just wake up and look at the facts…manufactures wouldn’t make larger screens if they thought or frankly knew that’s where the money is with the public….I”m sure they HTC and Samsung are sitting around saying let’s make larger sized screens so we can make LESS money….sweet jaysus, give me a break…

    • Sina

      “the battery lasts for almost a week”

      pics or it didn’t happen

    • I could not agree more.
      Newb input: I’ve been shopping around for a smart phone for a couple of months now (my t-mobile contract expires in July) and must admit to being pretty bummed. My current dumb-phone (t-mobile tap) can go without charging for almost a week. I’d love to have a GNEX or SGS3 but the battery life is a major concern- so the only phone which seems to be the way to go is the razr maxx, that’s it! I thought android was about having a multitude of choices?

      The idea that we need more cores is pure marketing hype. When was the last time you were doing anything on your mobile and thought ‘wow, this is taking so long’? I’m not using 3DMAX on my phone, I’m not playing Skyrim on my phone. Give me a really efficient dual core phone with a battery that lasts *at least* a few days, a phone that I can slip into my pocket without it feeling like a brick. A phone running ICS with a decent sized screen (under 5″) running ICS is what I want.

      • droidzzz.

        “When was the last time you were doing anything on your mobile and thought ‘wow, this is taking so long?’. Lol contrary to your belief this happens a LOT. Not just to me, but to many of my friend with android smartphone. Lag is very prevalent on stock Roms for some reason (my phone is rooted so its less of a problem) and there are extremely impressive games out there now that could actually need the ram and extra cores.

        And theoretically speaking even you yourself are demanding specs that would be deemed by others as unnecessary. As for decent battery life with a decent sized screen, ics and dual core, good luck with that….

  • AndroidBrian

    I think this is brilliant on Samsungs part. The people who don’t get that faster processor get 2gb of RAM. So LTE phones can be argued its a little better than the international version. That’s of course if all LTE versions get 2gb ram.

    Still personally I will rather have the international version still. T-Mobile should make a version where it gets the quad-core & 2gb ram!

  • Metroops

    I think its bs they trying to sell us a waterd down version of the s3 bottom line with no quad core its just another phone

    • Litlprince

      They arent trying to… Its not an option… It sucks but blame the US carriers for being different then the rest of the world. I mean if you think of it.. If it wasnt for the carriers being different we’d get all these phones pretty much at the same time as everyone esle with the same hardware as everyone else.

      This cpu thing just keeps happening all the time..

    • Anon

      It’s not watered down. The krait performs better than the tegra 3 on most tests, except when the tests are optimised for extra cores. I personally think this sounds like the perfect phone for me. I was disappointed that it hadn’t used one of the better dual core processors

  • Another Person UK educated

    The Arrows X F-10D is the worlds best-spec phone by Summer 2012. It kicks the sand into the face of every other top-of-the-range smartphone out there. Waterproof, Quad-core, TV, 3D everything the S3 and iPhone 4S has and tons more. Only here in Japan for now though. Stifles chortle. Fujitsu, a brand to take note of in the mobile phone world from summer. My last one is still going strong, still waterproof, still has TV, still has full browser. 4-years old; still near perfect. But the Arrows X F-10D (who thinks up those codes?) is a Monster-Stomper of a phone. The only upgrade out there worth making.

    • Another Person UK educated

      Oh, and 13.1mp camera.

  • Patrick

    Got one yesterday and it is awesome. One issue the OS is not upgraded to JellyBean yet. I hope soon.