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Samsung Galaxy S3 Powered By In-House Quad-Core Chip

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Given that the Samsung Galaxy S2 is currently the world's most popular Android phone, anticipation for its imminent successor is understandably running very high. Although you could argue that the dual-core Samsung Galaxy S2 is pretty fast, any high-end smartphone launched in 2012 will need to have a quad-core in its spec list to keep tech-heads happy.

And so it is with the Galaxy S3, which is due to be the first handset using Samsung's own quad-core Exynos processor. According to a report in the Korea Times, the S3 will employ an Exynos 4412 chip running at 1.5GHz. This is claimed to be 26 percent faster than current processors and, possibly, 50 percent more efficient on battery life too.

Samsung Galaxy S3

It looks like it will need that extra speed, if rumours of a large 4.65in HD screen with 720p (or even 1080p) are to be believed. So if it can actually drive that kind of display while draining less juice from the battery, it will be welcome news.

The processor incorporates four ARM Cortex-A9 cores but the 32-nanometer chipset is a component expected to be made by Samsung itself, instead of an third party supplier such as the US-based Qualcomm.

It will go head-to-head with other new Android quad-core handsets such as the HTC One X, LG Optimus 4X HD and Huawei Ascend D Quad.

Via The Korea Times

Goodmane

March 20, 2012, 4:48 pm

Just looked closely at the photo, and - for anyone that hasn't looked- it suggests the launch date will be 22 May.

AlmostDone

March 20, 2012, 7:56 pm

If the picture is to believed then the S3 will have the thinnest bezel seen on smartphones. This will make the overall size very similar to 4.3" screens but with larger screen.

My contract is up and need a new phone. Hurry up Samsung! -:)

Bugblatter

March 21, 2012, 12:48 am

Looks promising, although I think Nvidia's 5-core approach is very clever from a power-consumption point of view. Even with wi-fi turned on my Prime only loses around 4% battery overnight.

What could make it or break it for me is whether there's a microSD slot.

By the way don't write-off phones because they're only dual-core. If you check out Anandtech you'll see that a dual-core Krait may be significantly faster than Tegra 3, and Krait phones should only be a couple of months away.

Goodmane

March 21, 2012, 10:03 pm

Looking firward to this although I think I'll buy into its bigger sibling, the Note 2.

Is it just me or would anyone else like an e-ink screen on the back of this with a bigger battery and speakers sandwiched in between?

Or just an e-ink screen that can be slid open to keep it safe. That way you can have an amazing ebook reader that doesn't give you eye strain while still giving you a touchscreen colour interface and all the advantages of having everything in one device?!

Now that I think of it, I can't imagine why it has not already been done. Samsung could even make an e-ink screen as an accessory option that can be attached to the back if it would cost to much to be included as standard?

How much are e-ink screens anyway? Not much I reckon.

Ed

March 22, 2012, 1:08 am

Yup I'm with you there. Not sure how nice a device it would actually end up being but in principle I want a device that does the lot.

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