According to an unnamed Samsung executive who spoke with The Korea Times, Samsung will opt not to include the just announced 1.4 GHz Exynos 4 Quad in their U.S. versions of the Galaxy S3. Instead, the source said that Samsung plans on using the Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor in order to support the U.S carrier’s 4G LTE networks.
We honestly hope that this rumor is untrue, because it would be a shame not to see the (what we expect to be) powerful Exynos 4 Quad in our versions of the SGS3. However, if it is true, we wouldn’t be too surprised as HTC made a similar move when they opted not to use the quad-core Tegra 3 processor (as seen in the international One X) on the U.S. version of the HTC One X.
Now don’t get us wrong, we’re not saying the Snapdragon S4 is a weak processor by any means. In fact there are plenty of benchmarks that would tell you otherwise. But the thing is we don’t think the S4 will be as close in terms of performance to the Exynos 4 Quad as it is to the Tegra 3. This is because from what we’ve seen and heard (and have come to expect out of Samsung chips), the Exynos 4 Quad may very well be the best processor for Android when it drops.
Source: The Korea Times