Reduced processor for US version of Galaxy S3
With all the hype surrounding the Samsung Galaxy S3 over the past week, it was a big disappointment when we started hearing rumors about a US version with a dual core processor. This is instead of the quad core version which was part of the announcement in London on May 3rd. There is still hope from some that the Galaxy S3 will indeed come with a quad core process. Since we reported on this, we have been looking for more clarification which is from Samsung to clarify the situation. While we have not found that information, we were able to get some information regarding this from Qualcomm care of CNet News.
We reported that the US Galaxy S3 a has dual core processor instead of the quad core processor as announced with the Galaxy S3 in London on May 3rd. That was a problem for us and now we are getting information about the dual core version which is coming to the US. The number one and probably the only reason for a dual core processor in the US is 4G LTE. It is that simple because the quad core version does not have 4G LTE embedded in the chip and therefore would be an add on to the phone. This would take up additional space and add to the cost of the phone. An even bigger issue for today’s smart phones is that a quad core processor with an added 4G LTE chip would cost additional battery life in the process. Given the problems with trying to get an all day charge out of a 4G LTE smart phone, that is not the way to go.
Since North America is generally where 4G LTE is rolling out in large measure, this is a small part of the global market. As a result, Qualcomm has yet to deliver a quad core processor with 4G LTE built in. While all of this sounds like a sales job, it is disappointing to not have the faster processor. There has been talk of the much improved battery usage with the quad core S4 processor and that is exactly what we need in today’s smart phone. So, for now, we are “stuck” with a slower processor which does not help with battery drain issues.
When we might begin to see quad core processors with 4G LTE built in is probably not that far away. Unfortunately, it is not in time for the Galaxy S3.