updated 09:55 pm EDT, Wed April 18, 2012
Next Samsung Galaxy to focus on speed first
Following launch secrecy details, a second leak Wednesday has dropped hints that the Galaxy S III, or whatever the device is named, may be a breakthrough in speed. The same source for The Verge as earlier said it would use the rumored quad-core chip, likely the Exynos 4412, and deliver "superlative benchmark performance." The part isn't confirmed, but it's likely to be identical to the Samsung chip in the Meizu MX Quad-core, which could be 60 percent faster than the dual-core MX.
As with the Galaxy S II, however, only the international version is guaranteed to use the quad-core chip, the tipster said. Certain carriers may end up having to revert to a dual-core processor to integrate LTE, much like the HTC One X on AT&T. This may not necessarily lead to a major slowdown given the brisk performance of a chip like the Snapdragon S4, but could cut the potential speed.
Samsung's current dual-core Exynos is considered one of the fastest mobile chips on the market and, until the iPhone 4S and some 2012 Android phones, had the speed crown with the Galaxy S II. A quad-core chip in a third-generation Galaxy S flagship could retake that lead and give Samsung a vital edge as it tries to get back in front of Apple for smartphone market share.
Most other details of the next Galaxy are still mysteries, such as the screen technology, cameras, and software.