Samsung Executive Says To Expect Snapdragon Processors In US Bound Galaxy S III

It was just last night that Samsung confirmed that the Galaxy S III will be us the company’s in-house quad-core Exynos processor. Today, things look a little different as an un-named Samsung executive told the Korea Times that US bound Galaxy S III smartphones will rely on Qualcomm’s dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor. The unnamed Samsung official states that the company will release different variants of the Galaxy S3 smartphone for different markets, though no mention was made of carriers or HSPA+.

Samsung plans to release its Galaxy S III smartphone according to different specifications and different markets. For European consumers, it will use 3G and the company’s own quad-core mobile APs, while its own solution that combines LTE, 3G and quad-core mobile APs will be used for the Korean version. But only in the United States, will Samsung use Qualcomm chips.

The move appears to be in-line with that HTC has done with the AT&T version of the One X, releasing an international version with the Tegra 3 processor and a version on AT&T with the Snapdragon S 4. Samsung also went away from its in-house dual-core Exynos CPU for the Galaxy Note release on AT&T as well, an option we’re likely to see on T-Mobile’s upcoming Galaxy Note.

Once again, May 3rd just got more interesting.


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  • Zeonreborn777

    I hope the international version does HSPA+ 21 on TMO bands like the Galaxy Nexus. I’d take a hit in 4G speed for a faster processor.

    • Steve Gavrilles

      Agreed! I have the galaxy nexus and the speeds I get in my home and work areas are more than adequate. Hopefully they go this route so we can enjoy the unlocked version!

      I will say though, while my nexus is not without flaws, it will take a pretty awesome device to make me want to switch. 

    • MarcusDW

      I take it that you’ll spend the pretty penny on the Int’l version?

    • Sorry, it probably doesn’t. Samsung typically uses UMTS 900/1900/2100, with some higher end models being UMTS 850/900/1900/2100. The reason for that is because they can offer one single device that works in every region of the world with those bands. The AWS band simply doesn’t come up outside of the Americas, whereas UMTS 850 appears in Japan, South Korea, and Australia alongside the Americas and UMTS 1900 is used in all parts of the Americas.

      I would be very surprised if the Galaxy S III has AWS band support for HSPA+.

      • Guest

        But I thought that T-Mobile is refarming 1900 bands, so it would be 1700/1900/2100.. O_o

        • MarcusDW

          I wanna know this answer myself.

          Even if the 900/1900/2100 GS3 will work on TMO though, I don’t think they will have enough of the refarming completed to justify omitting the 1700 band.

          Also, I wonder what will be  the ratio of refarmed area vs not.

  • wait4it

    Wow, talk about cheap shots. I guess the phone processor economy is hit hard in the US first!

  • baopham

    This clearly is because of radio bands, only T-mobile uses HSPA+42.  This isn’t totally unexpected.  The more important issue is will this delay OS updates on the phones because of the SOC change?

    • baopham

      I would also expect the LTE radio versions of the SGS3 to come with Snapdragons.

  • MarcusDW

    This is nothing new or surprising after last years 5 or so different Galaxy S 2s.

    It would be awesome though if TMO ended up getting the only Exynos 4 version because it supports DC-HSPA+.  We still don’t know that thought right?  If it supports it?  

    • Exynos 4 does not support DC-HSPA+. That’s the reason the Galaxy S II did not have it, either. The international Galaxy S II has Exynos 4 which only supported HSPA+21.

      • MarcusDW

        Thx.  They need to get wit it on that data speed already.  I won’t complain with the S4 though.

  • MarcusDW

    This is an interesting leak.  The GT-I9300 Service Manual specifications and sketch. 

  • Vim

    While I have a low opinion of GottaBeMobile as a source, the above quote is pulled directly from the Korea Times.  So it’s very likely to be true.  The original context however is rather interesting.    It’s from an article on Qualcomm’s inability to produce enough of its new 28mm processors to meet demand.  Samsung basically is saying that the supply shortage of Qualcomm chips will only affect S3 production for the US.  In Asia and Europe they will be using their own chip designs so there will be no delays in availability. This means at least one US carrier will be getting a snapdragon instead of an exynos , and may face delays in availability as a result.  Odds are that this means T-Mobile at a minimum, and may or may include other US carriers.

  • Frigadroid

    Lol…… told you guys what to expect but no 1 wants to believe the old guy who has seen it over & over again. Well at least it has expandable memory with the sd slot & a removable battery that will help with user updates since samsdung won’t be supporting the tmobile USA variant as usual. :-(

    • Wilma Flintstone

       In the words of Pops from the movie Friday, “Yeen Tell me S***” Lol

      • MarcusDW

        Bwahahaha “Yeen”!

      • BigMixxx

        LMAO!……and ‘Yeen’ is now an official word…lol!  

  • mrsbelpit

    Doesn’t the ATT GNote have the S3?  I’m wondering if the T-Mo one will have the S4.

    • jonathan3579

      The T-Mo Note will not have the S4. It will have the S3 just like AT&T’s version

  • Vim

    Here is the link to the original source since GottaBeMobile’s link is broken:

  • fixxmyhead

    F@CK  that shit. this is why im buying unlocked. damn U.S carriers good for nothing.


  • Dennis


  • Wilma Flintstone

    I’m waiting to see what the Tmo Note has and if the GS3 will have an SD Card slot and removable battery.  The SD Card Slot and Removable Battery are make or Break for the GS3 for me.  I’m interested in the Note either way, S3 or S4 but I’d prefer the S4. I think AT&T would be pretty Pissed if Tmo’s version got the upgraded S4.

    • Vim

      T-Mobile’s version of the Note will be getting the S3 just like AT&T. I also recall it being reported that the GS3 will have a microSD card slot.  I haven’t heard anything on whether or not the battery in the GS3 is removable. 

  • MarcusDW

    HSPA and HSPA+ deployments status – global: (as of Feb. 12th 2012)

    117 commercial HSPA+ networks support a peak downlink data speed of 21 Mbps
    8 commercial HSPA+ networks support a peak downlink data speed of 28 Mbps
    62 commercial networks support DC-HSPA+ for a peak downlink data speed of 42 Mbps
    So why in the hell isn’t Samsung putting the faster speed into their Galaxy S’ if globally 33% of carriers support the tech???

  • Wilma Flintstone
  • TheReder


    HSPA+ 21 with Exynos  > HSPA+ 42 with Crapdragon.

    • Joseph Lagalla

      ur greater sign is backwards

  • spartanjet

    While I’m disappointed we wont be getting the Quad core Exynos I hear the S4 is no slouch.  I’d like to see some direct comparisons of the Adreno 320 vs Exynos’ Mali.  If they are close I won’t really care too much about the processor swap.

    • JR69

       The S4 that I assume they are speaking of, if it’s the same as the One X and S is the MSM8960, that doesn’t have the Adreno 320, it’s the Adreno 225.  The Adreno 320, which will be MUCH better will be in the MSM8974, which will most likely be used in tablets.

      • Vim

        According to BGR, HTC will be releasing a 5″ competitor to the Galaxy Note in the Fall which will be powered by the quad core Krait S4 with the Adreno 320 GPU, a 1080p non-pentile display, Sense 5, and a scribe pen.  Word is that Verizon will be getting it, but there no mention if it’s going to be an exclusive.

  • Wilma Flintstone

    now after analyzing this, nowhere in that video was there any indication of Samsung that was behind this.

  • Loopylogic

    Perfect. Then I have literally zero incentive to dump my sgs2 and get this. 

    • ….really? I guess you have no idea how powerful the s4 is, dual core dosent mean its the same as your current dual core exynos 

  • Get_at_Me


  • Y314K

    Well that just sucks…  US GSM gets another fake Samsung device….  Almost as good but not…  It will be Samsung’s One X…

    Guess I’ll just have to upgrade to which ever resells the best….  And wait for the next true Nexus with Jelly Bean…  Maybe I can get a TMo GSII for cheap to tie me over..

    • Deon Davis

      Um the S4 soc will be just as fast or faster then the quad core A9’s

      • Y314K

         Not according to the early benchmarks…  But I guess will have to wait to see Exynos 4412 vs S4 SGIII reviews…

        • Sdfsdf


        • nor do your reviews

        • TopTechRep

          Sdfsdf is right, benchmarks don’t mean shit and HTC Sense always boggs their phone’s down. S4 on a Samsung is always a good bet. 

    • ingram1225

      I got a whopping 1.57mb download with 4g on the HTC One S (during peak time but still) On the flip side, at home on my wifi network, I got 18.94mb download while my wife’s HTC myTouch 4g Slide can only get 11mb download. 

  • nerdlust

    That s4 is a beast. So its all good with me!!!! The fastest processor on the planet according to all the technology blogs.

  • JR69

    Being that it’s the 4412, I think I would prefer the S4 Krait.  If they used the A15 chip Exynos 5xxx with the Mali T604,then that would be a different story.  That would blow everything out of the water.  I think they are waiting for Apple to announce the iPhone 5 before they release the 5 series.

  • Sdfsdf

    What do any of you do that will REQUIRE a quad core in your dam phone?

    quit crying.

    • John Mickelonis

      It makes it a more future-proof investment.  Don’t be a short-sighted buffoon.

      • Sdfsdf

        Future proof investment? We have reached a level of technology where nothing last for long. When this comes out 3 months later something will lower its value. besides the dual core will be just as future investment proof. Don’t be such a pretentious terd.

        • Alexander Liki

          Are you stupid? Just just because ‘something better’ comes out, doesn’t make the other any less future proof. My SGSI is rooted, and overclocked, and can still hold its own against better phones. It lasted me passed the SII generation, exactly as planned. So, pretentious my ass… his logic is perfectly reasonable.

        • Haha, uh, no it doesn’t hold its own. I respect that you’re still happy with your investment, but the truth is something much different.

      • you’ll probably be back here in 6 months when the next best thing comes out… saying the same thing. 

        • Alexander Liki

          Wow… what a broad generalization. John is right. These things are factors for future proofing. I bought my SGS for good reason. Like planned, it lasted me 2 years. Now, I want an SIII.

    • TrevorMadden

      Future proof, and the fact that all of Europe is getting the same phone with better equipment inside. Just a simple argument of “why can’t we have the same thing?”

  • that HTC One S looking really good right now isnt it. Glad I got mine with the buy back program for just $126 in store. 

    • Alexander Liki

      Yea… I GUESS it looks good if you buy in to internet rumors. You must be new to the internet. Welcome, and please know you shouldn’t believe everything you read.

      • Robaugust1994

        Lmao yeah all rumors prior to a release should be taken with a grain of salt

  • Brilapp

    can the release date for the note just leak. gotta get rid of my moto cliq

  • Sdfsdf

    plus if your’re smart, you will root it, underclock and undervolt it without any performance hiccups. So all you hardware n00bs who are complaining do some research on the actual processor being given to you. 

  • James

    Well if this is true I don’t feel bad holding onto my GS2 a bit longer. Might as well get the quad tablet Samsung is putting their chip in this round.

  • Abe_The_Babe

    As long as it comes with a super amoled PLUS display, I don’t mind. I’m just sick of my G2.

    • J-Hop2o6

       Same here.

    • Rafael lllan

       I hear ya

    • Emil

      Tell me about it… Im using it as i type

  • LazaroCasanova

    Is anyone else tired of these “global” phone announcements that end up being different variations of the same phone? I think global nowadays means “everywhere except the US”.

  • Very depressing, USA versions always get the 2nd rate processors. I will buy the international version and shame on me for saying this will have to go to AT&T for service. I want the best this time around. I have spent a ton of money on the latest and greatest phones, this time around I want the best of the best. US Carriers all suck. Why do the USA customers always get the 2nd rate phones. It just sucks.

    • shark975

       probably because the usa has 4g and europe doesnt you idiot.

      for some reason, i dont know why, but only qualcomm works with lte. thats why you see every lte phone have qualcomm. it does kinda suck and i’m not sure the reason. europe for the most part is way behind and does not have 4g or lte. so they may get a faster cpu, but they also get slower downloads.

      anyways i thought the snapdragon s4 was pretty good?

      • Nikolai T

        Nothing has 4G. WiMAX, HSPA+, and LTE aren’t 4G. Even if we wrongly considered them so, Europe has LTE and HSPA+.

        • TrevorMadden

          The ITE gave in and defined all of those that you just mentioned as “4G”

        • Nikolai T

          Prove it. Even if it’s true, none of those meet the original specifications for “4G”. 

        • Trevnerdio

          ITU* my mistake. And did I really have to prove this? Believe it or not, I know what I’m talking about. Keep up with the stuff at all times.

      • MarcusDW

        Verizon has phones with TI OMAPs with LTE. 

        What’s funny though is that the Galaxy Tab 7.7 (at least on VZW) uses an Exynos chip and has LTE.  I guess they could make it work because its a tablet and not a phone…

  • shark975

     sigh, you people are really retarded. why would the carrier dictate the CPU type in a phone? Why would they even care? You think Verizon is like “hey that CPU is too good! Downgrade it immediately! We dont want any good phones!”

    I realize idiot communist Americans actually probably do believe that happens, but no. It’s because LTE only works with Qualcomm for some (annoying) reason. Probably the Democrat environmentalists.

    Also, unlocked is ok, but I guess you have money to burn paying $600 for a phone and no warranty, and no LTE…

    • fixxmyhead

      LTE? like i care i have tmobile hspa+ is fine for me. and yea id rather buy it outright than be a slave to the carriers like everyone else. i root my phones so i have never cared about warranty im not all paranoid like everyone else and i havent had any problem with my phones. 

  • nerdlust

    Sweet that’s insane . I can’t wait to check out htc one s in person .

  • Get_at_Me

    Is the US not a major cell phone market?  Why are Samsung’s newer processors incompatible with the faster networks?  If the likes of Qualcomm and Nvidia signed exclusive deals with manufacturers like HTC or LG, that would force Samsung into making a more versatile chip…I dont understand why Samsung wouldn’t want their genuine device in an many hands as possible.  This kinda makes me not want the GS3.  I’m not a processor snob or anything…I’m more concerned about OS updates and ROM’s

  • TrevorMadden

    You’re kidding me, right? One of the humongous selling points of this phone is the QUAD CORE part.  Now, in order for it to work on T-Mobile, you’re going to put in a paltry dual core?  Do they not make HSPA+ 42 capable quad cores over at Snapdragon HQ?  That’s a bust for me.  Don’t want it anymore if we get gypped out of 2 cores.

    • sino8r

      Insert foot in mouth

      • TrevorMadden

        It happens

    • Kevinmarchibald

      Might not be so bad if the replacement SoC ends up being the S4 Pro, with its overclocked GPU to keep pace with the OC’ed Mali.

      • Kevinmarchibald

         Though more likely that the S4 Pro will be in T-Mobile’s rumored version of the One X this summer.

  • IronBlood

    In my opinion the separate variations tend to cause more trouble and problems. The original Samsung Galaxy was muddled with issues when the big 4 got there exclusive models.

    This may or may not backfire only time will tell.

    • barondebxl

      It’s because of the damn US carriers

  • Y314K

     TouchWiz boggs it down some too…  And Samsung will always update their Exynos CPU SGIII’s first…  And the non Exynos SGIII’s will get the bastard treatment…  Just check the SGII’s update rate…

  • Therealmikebrown

    The US has fallen off big time. We lag behind in tech, now we get worse tech than other countries.
    America is poor.

  • achusaysblessyou

    That’s BS… I want Exynos… I hope the international is pentaband. If so, I’ll grab that one… That’s one thing I love about Nokia, they like to release pentaband phones… unlike other companies which only release quad-band


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  • Robert

    i don’t have a data phone yet. Do you need a quad core that bad? If US does not get the quad core it will cause me to look at all other phones a lot more before buying s3. I like the htc one s but no extended memory and not being able to remove the battery hurts that phone to me.