Excited for Samsung’s upcoming 1.4GHz Exynos 4 quad-core processor? Us too, but we have some bad news for U.S.-based folks. Apparently, Samsung is planning to release its next Galaxy phone according to “different specifications and different markets,” meaning consumers stateside won’t get to experience the Korean company’s brand-spanking new Exynos 4 chip. Don’t shoot the messenger!
The news comes from an anonymous Samsung executive, who said the company plans to equip the Galaxy S III with Qualcomm chips once it heads stateside. “For European consumers, [the Galaxy S III] 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,” the exec reportedly said.
Samsung’s decision isn’t unlike how HTC handled its One X, which hit with a Tegra 3 chip overseas and is landing with a Snapdragon S4 processor in the U.S. on May 6. It comes down to compatibility; U.S. carriers are campaigning for Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 because it works with LTE networks. Other solutions, like NVIDIA’s Tegra 3, aren’t available on U.S. carriers with 4G LTE yet.
We’ll have more official word on the exact internals of the U.S.-bound Galaxy S III once its becomes official on May 3.