Verizon’s Samsung Galaxy S3 to feature a dual-core Snapdragon processor?

May 2, 2012

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We’re all aware about the compatibility issues between quad-core processors and LTE radios. This problem has been prevalent with the quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 processor, the only quad-core CPU released so far. But there was hope that the Samsung Galaxy S3, with its Exynos quad-core processor, would buck the trend.

There has already been a leak from an anonymous Samsung executive suggesting that the Galaxy S3 may feature dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processors for its US LTE version. Samsung moved quickly to dismiss the leak as mere speculation. But another clue outed today points towards the rumor being accurate – a recently published User Agent Profile for what could be the Samsung Galaxy S3 on Verizon.

As with every other Galaxy S3 rumor so far, there is no concrete proof that this device is the “Next Galaxy,” but there are a few key points that suggest that this might be the case:

  • It seems to be a high-end device with a resolution of 1280×720 and running the Android 4.0 OS
  • The code-name SCH-1535 is in line with the other high-end Samsung devices in Verizon’s lineup, following the SCH-15XX series, such as the Galaxy Nexus (SCH-1515)

Whether the SCH-1535 is the Samsung Galaxy S3 or not, this particular device will be featuring a MSM8960 CPU, which is the Qualcomm dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor. There have been a lot of rumors suggesting that Samsung will be releasing multiple devices on May 3, a la HTC One series, instead of “just” the Galaxy S3, so this device could be another high-end Samsung device heading to Verizon.

Good news or bad news, the wait is almost over!

What are your thoughts? Do you think the US version will feature the dual-core processor instead of a quad-core? Will the processor-swap affect your buying decision? How excited are you about tomorrow? Let us know in the comments section below.

Comments

  • Atsouthbound

    If Samsung has resolved the quad core/LTE issue it will be a fantastic unveiling. However my hopes are not high. If in fact the US version has been downgraded to be compatible with LTE networks, I will certainly reconsider my GS3 purchase… unless they have something else up their sleeves that will significantly set it apart from HTC’s One X.

    • Adryan220

      I’m personally kind of disappointed as well if this comes true but as I’ve been reading in articles the s4 is actually almost if not as good as the quad core phones performance wise and even battery life wise. So I wouldn’t be to quick to dismiss it if it comes to America with the dual core s4.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Georgi-Angelov/589196387 Georgi Angelov

        well you can see the Galaxy S3 benchmarked online against the HTC One X and I can tell you that there is a HUGE differences in the scores… I know they are just numbers but they have to amount to something, right?

  • Gabba

    S4 is generally as good, if not better, than a quad core A9 since the S4 is based off A15 architecture; that said,, I’m still holding out hope they drop the Exynox 5250 into this thing with the Mali 604.

  • killer

    why is LTE so important to you all isnt 42 megabite per secound not good for you ? you perfer to pay $30-40 more for LTE which is not unlimeted interner downlode. i say 90% of the pepole here dont use or need LTE pluse how many citys dose LTE covers?

    • Gabba

      1) HSPA or HSPA+ doesn’t get up to 42MB/s – that’s purely theoretical, and even in the best markets, it rarely gets about 10; LTE averages 13 and goes higher in good markets.

      2) We pay $30/mo whether we use 3G or 4G; data is data, regardless of how fast it’s streaming. Just because you’re waiting for your download at the speed of molasses doesn’t mean you’re getting any kind of discount on your bill

      3) LTE covers about 2/3 of the US population, 230 cities, or about 200 million people

      4) Trolls should get back under their bridges

    • Cole Raney

      Like Gabba said, 42 MB/s is theoretical, and that’s only for T-Mobile. AT&T has a theoretical max speed of 21 for its HSPA+. Verizon and Sprint are much lower than even that.

      LTE has been rolling out pretty quickly, it covers 2/3 of the nation. It still isn’t in my area though, so I would prefer the phone manufacturers to come out with an LTE version and non-LTE version of their phones. The non-LTE versions could come out with quad core and it would save people like me battery life since my phone would constantly look for LTE, but never find it.

      • Guest1

        you can change that setting you know to only use CDMA and not CDMA/LTE

    • Guest

      It’s 42 Megabit…as in Mb, not MB (MegaByte). and for some people who have unlimited data (grandfathered in) who only pay $25-30/month, and stream media all the time, it’s totally worth it. i avg 20-40GB (GigaByte)/month.

  • Atsouthbound

    LTE is not terribly important to me… nor is the quad core necessarily. But both will soon become very legitimate and evolve as the new standard. I was just hoping to see the phone I’ve been waiting for (SG3) step up to the plate and lead the way. Having said that, so Samsung can keep my business, I hope they unveil something spectacular tomorrow. Otherwise HTC will become my new baby come Monday.

  • canadian guest

    The whole “as good as” argument is mute. There is no as good as when it comes to programs. At some point the OS will demand a quad core. No matter how fast your dual core phone is, it will not run it.

    LTE is cool and all but still useless for most people. What good is fast downloads when you blow through your data plan in 3 hours. I would take a fast phone that could download quick over a quick phone that downloads SUPER fast.

    I would like to see both phones if possible. I know the companies want you on LTE so you can pay more for data, but it would be nice to have a 4g phone option with 4 cores. It just makes more sense. And when you are dealing with all of the apple fanboys you want to not come out with old technology on your flagship phone. Or you will turn out like Rim.

  • http://www.priceof.org/ San_8616

    samsung will try to solve problems from S2 and new change of Nokia lumia series

  • Bill Brasky

    No Exynos, no purchase.

  • x25064

    sincerely hope they don’t put crapdragon processors in that thing. they’re horrid and laggy as all hell.

  • abe929

    can you ulock the SCH 1535 from verison sim?