As fans of the Galaxy S series are fully aware, Samsung is soon to release a new variant of the Exynos SoC (system on a chip), namely the 4412, expected to be first seen in action on the Samsung Galaxy S3. Although it’s no news that Samsung will build the chip in-house (as they have done so for most of their flagship smartphones since the original Galaxy S), sources quoted by Digitimes claim that Samsung might sell the Exynos 4412 to other OEMs, thus engaging in direct competition with the other SoC manufacturers.
While the exact Exynos 4412 specs are yet to be announced, it is estimated that the new SoC from Samsung will be built using the 32nm manufacturing process and will feature a quad-core processor based on the ARM Cortex A9 (the same architecture behind the Tegra 3 CPU, but Nvidia uses a 40nm process) clocked somewhere between 1.5 – 1.8 GHz. As for the GPU, rumors claim that the Exynos 4412 SoC will feature an ARM Mali-T604. In addition, the 4412 will also feature integrated LTE and WCDMA radios. Please keep in mind that these are only rumored specs.
While the Exynos 4412 will definitely be a worthy competitor to the SoCs currently offered by Nvidia (Tegra 3) and Qualcomm (Snapdragon S4), the Digitimes’ report claims that it might also be the first SoC to end up in smartphones and tablets not manufactured by Samsung. Although it will definitely be nice to see even more heat being added on top of an already competitive SoC market, this idea does seem a little far fetched. I’m seriously hoping that Digitimes got this one right but, I’d advise against holding your breath waiting for a HTC smartphone based on the Exynos 4412.
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