Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Dual-core Snapdragon S4 confirmed for Verizon Galaxy S III

By on 08:53

Looks like people in the US willing to grab the upcoming Galaxy S III won't be treated to its quad-core Exynos variant. Instead, latest evidence points to a dual-core Snapdragon S4 powering the Galaxy S III for Verizon.
This is further confirmed by early NenaMark2 benchmarks, which show a Galaxy S III (SCH-I535) with a 1.5GHz dual-core S4. The reason for this exchange of hardware is the LTE support, which the Exynos 4 Quad chipset doesn't offer.

However, the benchmark shows something interesting. The Adreno 225 GPU in the Snapdragon S4 beats the Mali-400MP in the Exynos Quad by a couple of frames. Now, this might be due to the pre-release software and/or some inconsistency in the NenaMark2 benchmark. Don't forget, that the Galaxy S III screen is capped at 60FPS, so results close to that point may not be perfectly accurate.
To make things even more confusing yet another Galaxy S III (SCH-I939) variant popped up on the NenaMark website. Judging by its model number the device is destined for the Chinese market, comming to succeed the I929 Galaxy S II Duos. That version is powered by the same Exynos 4 Quad chipset as the international one.


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