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

May 2, 2012

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.