We’re still impressed by the quad-core phones announced during Mobile World Congress but it sounds like Samsung is holding out on its Galaxy S III announcement for good reason.
According to a rumor reported by BGR, Samsung’s Galaxy S III will sport a 1.5GHz quad-core processor, a ceramic body (which has already been reported) and a super sharp 4.8-inch 1080p HD display. That’s impressive, since most folks are still installing 720p displays on their phones. The phone will also reportedly offer a 2-megapixel front-facing camera for video chat, support for LTE and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
Here’s the catch, though: NVIDIA’s Tegra 3 chipset, the only quad-core chipset available on the market now, doesn’t support 4G LTE fully. NVIDIA is working with partners to offer that option, but it’s unclear when that chipset will hit the market. This could effect when a 4G LTE-enabled quad-core phone lands in the U.S., too. For example, HTC’s One X — which has a quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 chip in Europe – will only launch with a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor in the United States, since Snapdragon supports LTE but Tegra 3 does not. The Galaxy S III could employ Samsung’s quad-core Exynos processor, although that’s so brand new we would be surprised if the chip is ready for Samsung’s rumored March 15th Galaxy S III announcement date. We’re excited either way, but the rumors just aren’t adding up to us right now.