Samsung Galaxy S III Will Include Quad-Core Exynos Processor Says Unnamed Company Executive

With a wild weekend of Galaxy S III rumors, we’re happy to start Monday morning with something straight from a Samsung executive’s mouth. An unnamed Samsung executive spoke to the Korea Times and stated that the Galaxy S III smartphone WILL feature its new quad-core Exynos processor. The Samsung Exynos 4412 chip features four processing cores, 32-nanometer quad-core design with ARM Cortex-A9 cores running at speeds up to 1.5GHz.

Perhaps you’re asking “how will affect this performance?” Well, performance-wise, the 32-nanometer processor can offer up to 26% more performance then Samsung’s current 45-nanometer line-up, with battery improvements by more than half as well. What we don’t know is which GPU Samsung will use to match up with its quad-core chip.

The unnamed Samsung executive made comments to the Korea Times after Samsung revealed they were reducing their dependency on Qualcomm, with which it has a cross-licensing deal for its single-chip solutions until 2014:

“We don’t think there will be big technology-related problems as we have already tested our telecommunications chips in some smartphones and tablets for consumers in North America. Also, Google’s first reference mobile, the Galaxy Nexus, is using Samsung’s telecom chips,’’ said the executive.

Samsung has a stronger intent to lower its dependence on Qualcomm and our technicians believe that we have made significant progress in producing logic-based chips for high-end devices, combined logic and memory chips for graphic controllers and core communication chips for Internet-enabled consumer devices,’’ he added.

Furthermore, the Samsung exec noted that the company hopes to strengthen their management of telecommunications chips hoping to see more revenue from smartphones and tablets. Samsung has said they will debut the Galaxy S III before the second half of the year.

I feel compelled to finish this post with a reminder that US-compatible smartphones don’t always receive the same hardware as their overseas counterparts. While news of a quad-core Exynos processor is great for the GSIII, it remains to be seen if T-Mobile and other US-compatible versions will receive the Exynos 4412. We’ll just have to continue waiting for Samsung to make an official announcement.

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  • Alvin B.

    However, we can likely expect the t-mobile version to be gimped as usual with a different processor, due to t-mobile’s non-standard network.

    •  If you hadn’t noticed, they’re rectifying that with refarming of HSPA+ to the standard PCS band and launching LTE on AWS which is what Att and Verizon also are using for it.  Soon your argument will be null.  Thank god too because I’m sick of haters whining about it.

      • Phozfate

         all that really is long term. That will effect a galaxy s5 but as far as the new galaxy…..

        but I’m pessimistic about these improvements. Mainly because I live in a top 5 largest city and still don’t have hspa+ while these little ass towns get lit up

        •  the HSPA+ PCS refarm will be mostly finished by Q3 this year, some cities are already transferred over plus the LTE rollout is scheduled to begin early 2013, I myself don’t consider that late seeing as most of the rest of the world wont be rolling out LTE until middle of next year.  HSPA+ 42 is Amazing in my city and everywhere I go, I’m very confident in T-Mobile’s network and plans as a satisfied customer with personal good experience w/ Magenta.  : )

        • TMOTECH

          I think it is the HSPA+ 42 support that Alvin was concerned with. So far only snapdragon processors have +42 support. Which is why the T-Mobile SGS2 got the Snapdragon and everyone else got the other. But I am sure Samsung will take that into consideration. And the re use of 1900 MHZ will not replace the AWS HSPA+. It will only be an overlay. HSPA+ will stay on AWS for some time. 

        • Matlock

          I love T-mobile’s HSPA+ 42 network, in my city! I get very consistent speeds on my phone Galaxy Nexus, which is rated at HSPA+21 and normally averages between 7-12Mbps. If I hadnt bought my G-Nexus I would have purchased a Tmo SGS 2. After travelling around the state of Florida, I really have no complaints with using Tmo.

      • Tbyrne

        Thanks SC, I’m sick of all these whiners too!

  • Phozfate

    If samsung can out do htc for another generation it will really cement samsung as the leader in android

  • Jawon Chance

    Honestly that was the first question that cme to mind when i read this article. “Is T-Mobile’s version gonna carry the Quad Core Exynos or Snapdragon? I guess only time will tell.

    • Get_at_Me

      That could depend on the Exynos’ network capabilities.  I would hope that it’s 42mbps, so TMO wouldn’t even consider putting a different processor in this time.  Even if its only 21mbps capable, TMO should still go with Samsung’s chip just for the sake of aligning with the rest of the world.

      • Guest

        You know better than to try to think logically about stuff tmobile will do! They will push the stupid Qualcomm version as usual so that you’ll get 2-3 more Mbps. I guess you could say the same about the chipset speed variances also lol

        • Get_at_Me

          I think tmo overestimates how many ppl care whether or not theyre phones chip is 21 or 42. They need to stop catering to the network and leave the phones alone. Once the refarm is complete, tmos devices will still be faster than any hspa carrier. 4g is 4g…if a phone is 21 capable, so be it

        • PimpStrong

          At the same time though, most people don’t care if its a 1GHz, 1.2GHz, Dual-Core 1.2GHz, Quad-Core yadda yadda yadda phone either.  I’d say “super fast” “42Mbps” 4g is a better marketing tool.

        • Get_at_Me

          Thats over most ppls heads though. Noone cares about 42mbps. Verizons ads tout speed…thats what ppl can relate to. Not specific download speed capabilities. As far as phone processors go, i agree with u that the general public could care less what their phone has inside as long as it works, but phones are built with a particular chip in mind. Tmo went out of its way to remove the superior, stock processor in the gs2 in favor of a qualcomm chip. The s3 qualcomm chip is still capable and i understand why tmobile did it. But when you remove the intended processor, you put yourself on an island so to speak as far as support goes. Tmos gs2 will most likely be among the last to get ics bc of its different processor. Notice how the sensation (which was left alone) is among the first devices to receive the ics update. When phones are left alone, they tend to get updated faster.

        • PimpStrong

          I completely agree.  I suppose we better keep out eyes on the AT&T and Sprint GSII to see how soon they will get updated with their original chips.  We probably will be far behind simply because of the chip.

        • Guest

          Maybe this version of the Exynos chipset with be compatible with HSPA+ 42? It seems almost easier for Samsung to add a new frequency than make an entirely different model lol, right? Samsung isn’t too picky and loves to make cash plus it’s their own chipset. I would hate to settle for Qualcomm which isn’t that bad but it would cause a delay AGAIN :(

        • PimpStrong

          It’s not the frequency, it’s the HSPA+ speed that the original Exynos chip supports.  The regular GSII with Exynos can only go up to 21Mbps while TMO towers can support 42.

          But yeah I expect the next chip to support 42.

        • J-Hop2o6

           AT&T has two versions of the SGS2. HSPA+ only (Exynos), and the Skyrocket w/ LTE (S3). So we’ll see what happens with those two.

        • PimpStrong

          Right on those devices are the best to watch. I think the Skyrocket(s) will be last to get updated.

    • J-Hop2o6

       Even if Tmo gets the Qualcomm version (even tho Samsung said they’re trying to push away from using Qualcomm) it wouldn’t be a bad thing with S4 which has a very strong CPU (ARM A15 class) and a strong GPU (as strong as Tegra 3’s GPU). S4 has been proven to be a great chip, and the next S4 chip in the 2nd half of the year will have a next gen GPU (Adreno 3XX).

      So I wouldn’t mind if the Tmo SGS3 version is using Exynos 4412 or S4.

  • JQuest

    Not bellyaching, but I do hope it’s carries the Exynos. Heck even if it doesn’t, it’s not like Snapdragon is a chump, as the S2 runs great! Either way, I’ll be getting this on T-Mo regardless, I just want it released before November this time (June? July? *wishful thinking*).. I have an upgrade due in May that’s already begging, “use me” LOL

    • J-Hop2o6

       The S4 wouldn’t be bad in the SGS3 since its been proven to be a beast. But yea, hopefully Samsung upgraded its radio portion of Exynos to support 42 HSPA+ over AWS. That’s why Tmo went with S3 in the SGS2 since Qualcomm was the only one at the time to support 42 HSPA+ in their radio.

  • Taron19119

    Hope this phone comes out soon

  • RealCool2000

    I hope we don’t get the Exynos. I like HSPA+ 42!

    • EXIBITman

      huh? wuddus is exynos?

    • Taron19119

      We wont

    • PimpStrong

      I believe the new Exynos will run HSPA+ as well.  Its kind of a necessary direction with LTE and HSPA+ both being so popular.

      • Realcool2000

        That would be awesome!


      i know right

    • Realcool2000

      Hey……RealCool2000??? I never used a Uppercase C……why u using my screen name?

  • PimpStrong

    I can’t wait for this thing to be announced!  My brother is giving me his upgrade and so I will once again be 1st in line ahead of Wilma.

    • Guest

      lol! poor Wilma Flintstone ;) I agree though, I am truly excited about this! I haven’t been this pumped since the G2 arrived and am probably gonna snang this one. I just hope we get an sd card slot, led notification, and of course… the Exynos chipset. I am gonna have to get used to the lack of qwerty keyboard though, oh well. With no G3 in sight and my lack of patience, this sure to be popular device will do fine.

      • PimpStrong

        Sadly an LED notification light is always a Sprint add on for the GS series and I doubt Samsung has finally changed their mind about it :-(  You learn to live without it though just like the KB.

        • Hi

          You already lost your Fred buddy

        • PimpStrong


        • Wilma Flintstone

           Sanford he means.

        • Wilma Flintstone

           Thats true and most likely the Exynos will be on another carrier as well.  Tmo’s network isn’t very compatible with Exynos for some reason.  Unless the LTE deployment can change that.  Hopefully the Exynos does come with it but I’ll remain skeptical about it on Tmo until I see the final product.

        • J-Hop2o6

           The next Exynos (4412 not 4210) should have an upgraded radio to support 42 HSPA+. So we’ll see when the official specs leak.

    • Wilma Flintstone

       Again @PimpStrong:disqus ?  You will NOT be ahead of the line, I’ll be the leader so as the commercial said, “This is my back” LOL

      • PimpStrong

        You finally gonna get one though or what?

  • Frigadroid

    Guys don’t get your hopes up so high as David stated at the end tmobile has always had their own agenda. Besides if you believe any statement an unknown unnamed samsung executive has reportedly made then you are very, very naive.

  • TMoFan

    The more I keep reading about this the more I want it. If there’s any truth to the vanilla ICS / dual launcher rumor then I’d seriously consider it. I’m anxious to see if the G4x / HTC one x rumor pans out. too.

    T-Mobile wouldn’t be doing itself any favors by changing anything. This needs to be kept as is. That’s what the people want.

  • Concerned

    At first I was thinking, “enough with the GSIII already!” but then I thought about it. The only other thing happening in phone-land for t-mo is the Galaxy Blah 4g. So after some consideration, as you were tmonews, carry on.

  • Thecityboy781

    Tmobile better not change the processor on this one….

    • T-Mobile had no choice but to change the processor before if they wanted to support the 42Mbps network, and by the way if it were released today, AT&T would change the chipset too because it needs to support LTE. That’s the same reason why the HTC One X has the Qualcomm S4. T-Mobile didn’t change the S-II’s processor for their own whims. The top smartphone has to support the fastest part of the network.

  • pascual1

    How bout ICS for sansung galaxi s2?

    • Wilma Flintstone

       How about you google it?

  • SomeguyfromLA

    I bet you T-Mobile won’t be lucky this time.

  • fixxmyhead

    if its another snapdragon im going unlocked

    • J-Hop2o6

       S4 has been proven to be a beast. But yea, hopefully it is using the Exynos 4412 since it’ll have greater and faster 1st and 3rd party support.

  • T-Mobile is rolling out an update for the HTC HD7 today.  Where’s the news on the front page? Or is this strictly a T-Mobile android site?

    • James, I think you need to give a little leniency for the fact that it’s not possible for me to be around 100% of the time to get stories up. I’m getting it up now. I think it’s obvious this isn’t an Android site.

    • DuTcH PaPi

      Even if this was strictly a T-Mobile/Android site… if you don’t like it, find yourself another site dedicated to T-Mobile AND Windows.  Oh wait, there isn’t one.  

      It’s just really irritating how people have to find something to complain about.  Shame on you David for not having the HD7 news on the site immediately after it broke.   Shame on you for having a life… Bad boy!!!Have a great rest of the day James.

      • Wilma Flintstone

        I understand your point and it is quite ridiculous how people (Especially Android Only Fanboys) want the news of an update even posted on every site exactly when it breaks.

  • If Samsung has a proper dual channel HSPA+ chipset developed, I’ll be amazed and shocked. T-Mobile is not going to carry a phone with the Galaxy Nexus’s chipset because it only supports HSPA+  single channel (21 Mbps). Whether you love Qualcomm or hate Qualcomm, they are the only ones who have been able to produce LTE and HSPA+ DC chipsets for America. Both of these are requirements for both AT&T and T-Mobile. But I have to say, if it has a version of the S4, fine with me. Very good processor.

  • badbob001

    With the ICS GS2 update rolling out for everyone except the US, I have to wonder why carriers in other countries don’t find the same need to rebrand/re-engineer their devices? Wouldn’t it be cheaper and faster to release a device if kept to the original spec? It would be awesome if TMO releases the GS3 at the same time as the rest of the world than wait half a year for the rebranding/re-engineering/re-testing.