Quad-core processor confirmed for Samsung Galaxy S III

Samsung logoThe next Samsung Galaxy smartphone will pack a quad-core 32nm processor, Samsung announced Thursday. The new processor, named Exynos 4 Quad according to Anandtech, will power the next Galaxy-series smartphone that the company will announce in May, informally known as the Galaxy S III.

Many chip foundries have had struggles moving beyond the 45nm process. For instance, the A5 and A5X processors used in the iPhone 4S and the new iPad are still made using Samsung's 45nm process, as are the mobile processors in Samsung's own Galaxy S II. Given that, the move to 32nm is notable on its own.

Samsung reports the Exynos 4 Quad pulls 20 percent less power than the Exynos 4 Dual, though it makes no note of the chip's GPU (Anandtech says ARM's Mali-400 MP4 used in the Galaxy S II is a likely candidate). The company has uploaded a video comparing the quad and dual SoCs, embedded below.

The next Galaxy smartphone that will be the first to use the Exynos 4 Quad is rumored to be named either the Galaxy S III or Galaxy S3, and potential features include a 12-megapixel camera and a 4.7-inch 720p display. The Android 4.0 phone is set to be unveiled at Samsung Mobile Unpacked on May 3 in London, where our own Peter Bright will be on the ground reporting on the launch.

(Update: Slashgear reports that the US version of the Galaxy S III may not feature the new Exynos chip, and may instead have a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor. The European and Korean versions of the phone would have the Exynos chip, and access to LTE networks only in Korea.)

Source: Ars Technica

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