We all know the compatibility issues caused by the “animosity” that exists between Nvidia’s quad-core Tegra 3 SoC and LTE radio chips (most made by Qualcomm, coincidentally Nvidia’s sworn enemy). Due to this lack of compatibility, we are yet to see an “official” (I’m sure a lot of people have imported the quad-core international version of the HTC One X) LTE quad-core device in the US.
There is a lot of hope that the Samsung Galaxy S3, with its quad-core Exynos 4 processor, will buck this trend, which would finally allow North American users to feel like first-rate citizens of the tech world. But if a Nenamark 2 benchmark score is to be trusted, Americans’ quad-core woes are destined to last a while longer.
Following an anonymous tip from a Samsung executive and a leaked Verizon User Agent Profile, this Nenamark 2 benchmark score of a mistery SCH-I535 device (thought to be Verizon’s Galaxy S3 version) also suggests that the US-bound Samsung Galaxy S3 will feature a dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor.
We have a bunch of clues that make us believe that we are, indeed, talking about Verizon’s Samsung Galaxy S3 and the Snapdragon S4 SoC:
- The SCH-I535 codename is in-line with Verizon’s naming scheme for its high-end Samsung products
- The device features a 1280×720 resolution display and Android 4.0.4
- 1.5 Ghz (which is what the Snapdragon S4 processor clocks in other high end devices)
- The presence of the Qualcomm Adreno 225 GPU
Samsung and US network carriers have, of course, been quite secretive about what the US version of the Samsung Galaxy S3 will entail. With carrier differentiation being a major concern in the US, as seen with the multiple variants of the HTC One X, it’s still unsure where Samsung’s latest flagship device is heading to.
While Samsung confirmed that the Galaxy S3 will be available during summer in the US, which is frankly as vague as it gets, speculation suggests that US consumers might get their hands on the device as early as June.
What are your thoughts? Will the presence of the dual-core processor in Verizon’s Galaxy S3 disappoint? Would you rather have the quad-core HSPA+ version, especially looking at the current state of LTE networks? Let us know in the comments section below.