updated 02:25 pm EDT, Thu April 26, 2012
Galaxy S III detailed for different markets
Samsung officials in Korea have purportedly hinted that the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S III will get different chips for different markets. The comments were made by an unnamed exec after Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacobs admitted that the 28nm MSM chips were facing a supply shortage, The Korea Times reported. Qualcomm chips will only be used in the US, the Samsung exec said, not explaining why.
"For European consumers, it will use 3G and the company's own quad-core mobile APs [application processors], while its own solution that combines LTE, 3G and quad-core mobile APs will be used for the Korean version. But only in the United States will Samsung use Qualcomm chips," he said.
Samsung has used Qualcomm's Snapdragon chips in some of its US-market Galaxy S II phones in the past. However, these were to make sure the devices had either advanced HSPA+ or LTE chipsets, which wouldn't be the case with the S III if the assertions are accurate.
LG and Pantech aren't downplaying Qualcomm's news, as they rely more heavily on Qualcomm's chips for LTE phones, not having processors of their own.
Should it be substantiated, the switch could be disappointing to Americans that would lose all the performance advantages of the Exynos. The Snapdragon S4 Samsung would use in this case would still be fast, but it would put the Galaxy S III on par with the HTC One S and One X in their US forms rather than giving Samsung an edge.