Thursday, 3 May 2012

Leaked Samsung Galaxy S3 specs confirm dual-core Snapdragon chip on Verizon

With the unveiling of the Samsung Galaxy S3 less than a day away, a leaked user agent profile seems to confirm at least some of the rumored specs. The device in question appears to be Verizon’s version of the Galaxy S3, the SCH-i535. Of most interest is the system-on-a-chip (SoC) in Big Red’s version of the phone. Instead of a quad-core Exynos, the phone will have a dual-core Snapdragon. Put the pitchforks down, folks, this might be a good thing.

The user agent description lists the Snapdragon S4 MSM8960 as the SoC, which is the same chip from the AT&T HTC One X and HTC EVO 4G LTE on Sprint. Like the One X, it appears that the necessity of 4G LTE means the Snapdragon S4 is the best choice even though it has fewer cores.

Would two extra cores really be helping that much? The AT&T One X holds its own against the Tegra 3 version and properly supports LTE radio. Battery life with Exynos and LTE likely would not be as solid as it will be with the Snapdragon chip. There will certainly be versions of the Samsung Galaxy S3 that have a quad-core Exynos, but it seems likely that at least the LTE versions of the phone will have Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4.

In addition to the SoC, the user agent appears to confirm that the resolution of the new Galaxy phone to be 1280×720. This isn’t as much of a surprise, though. High-end phones are essentially expected to rock that resolution now. No indications of the screen technology were available, but I’d be shocked if it were anything but a next-generation Super AMOLED HD without that pesky PenTile sub-pixel arrangement.

We’ll have to wait until the event tomorrow in London to find out exactly what Samsung has in store for the US market.

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