SGS3: Dual-core S4 w/2GB RAM vs Quad-core Exynos w/1GB RAM?

Posted Jun 04, 2012 at 8:48 am in Threads > Smartphones & Tablets

With the SGS3 now starting to have official information shared, it seems that we are now looking at two major versions of the device:

(1) One with a quad-core 1.4GHz Samsung Exynos processor with 1GB RAM supporting only GSM carriers (i.e. the “International one”)
(2) One with a dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor with 2GB RAM supporting T-Mobile’s 42mbps HSPA+, LTE, and CDMA (as appropriate).

For some of us, we really don’t have much of an option – our carrier, location, or our need for LTE makes the decision pretty easy. For example, if you’re on Verizon or absolutely NEED to have LTE, then you want the dual-core S4 version. However, there are some of us who actually have a choice of one versus the other.

So my question is this: If you have, or hypothetically, if you had, a choice of either phone at roughly the same price, which would you prefer?

  • bladen

    If they were both roughly the same price I’d go with the international version with it’s Exynos 4412 goodness! The Mali 400 in the Exynos 4412 smokes all the graphics processors in any other SOC’s available in a phone. CPU wise they’re pretty well matched though.

    • Pepet M. Angpet

      Asian smartphones are arguably better than american market smartphones. This is because Asians are not only richer than the Americans, but are far smarter, and thus we keep the best for ourselves, ala, Japanese style and sell to the Americans our trash LOL

      • Matt

        You’re an f*cking retard, seriously! Get a life, and maybe a girlfriend with your super tiny p*nis!

        • genius

          thats probably because we have all the blood running in our brains most of the time.

      • Burntmale

        And even with all those self proclaimed “intelligence”, you still cant get off that little chunk of land we didnt want- or we would have taken it from your slant eyed, taking it in the ass back oh, say 1945 you narrow minded little dick, maybe we should do to you what Adof Hitler tried during the holocaust. None of your ching chow karate kicking gum bumpin matters to us, when we want lip from you we’ll take it while you are on your knees turd cutter.

        • genius

          try all you can…now everyone knows the methods used to colonize the third world. And all the bravery you show is only backed up by the geniuses from the third world countries working for you. Take them away and u wont find a person who knows how to maintain those nukes of urs.

  • kazahani

    Right now for me the only real difference between the North American GSII’s and the GSIII is the screen size. They’re rolling out ICS to the GSII phones soon, both have great processors paired with cutting edge graphics chips. I don’t really see what would entice someone who got the GSII last year to spring for this now. It’s not a big step forward.

    • jaxidian

      Indeed, I agree that there’s not a HUGE difference between the SGS2 and SGS3. It’s by no means a revolutionary upgrade. That said, I’m not sure we can really expect revolutionary upgrades anymore. I mean, it’s not like we have quad-core 4GHz processors that we COULD put in these devices or anything crazy like that. So yeah, if you have an SGS2, it very well may make sense for you to wait for the SGS4 to come out.

      All that said, I’m dumping VZW and going to T-Mo, so I need to buy a new phone anyways. So the SGS3 is the obvious choice for me even though I’m coming from a Galaxy Nexus and this isn’t a huge step up from that. I have to get something and it’s an easy choice as to which phone. Now I must decide whether to go with the T-Mo version or Int’l version. I suspect I’m going with the T-Mo version because it sounds like the Int’l version doesn’t support the 1700MHz frequency that T-Mo uses.

      • Vousie

        I have the international version and it does support 1700MHz
        (All: GSM: 850, 900, DCS 1800, PCS 1900; WCDMA: 2100, 1900, 1700, 900, 850)
        That’s the options on service mode – you can choose specific ones or just one.
        Although, by default, 1700 is turned off, so you may have to go in and manually add 1700 to the ones that it uses.

        • M.johnston

          I’m also using the international version of the SGS2 flashed with a custom Android 4.1.1 ROM. It runs smoothe and is a major improvement over stock. I love seeing people’s faces that are bragging about their SGS3′s capabilities look at my software version, then look at theirs……………………….Priceless………..

          • James

            Dont know about that……upgrading from SGS2 to SGS3 was a revolutionary change in performance for me. Maybe you just havent really tried the SGS3 yet. Astounding performance, truly a pocket PC.

      • MC_Android

        +1; don’t know why you got downvoted since what you said is right. That said, if you’re made of money or happened to find an extra couple hundred dollar bills in an old pair of jeans, by all means, get a new GS3

    • VasBoz

      The SGS3 is in fact a “HUGE” difference compared to the S2. Maybe not on the surface with the hardware specs, besides being Quad Core (at least here in Australia) and having a 4.8″ screen, the Motion abilities added to the SGS3 and the heavily heavily refined customised and improved TouchWiz on the SGS3 make it light years ahead of the SGS2. My boss at work has an SGS2 and I just got my SGS3. He is very tempted to pick one up!

      Lets not forget the resolution as well, 800×480 against 1280×720!

      • crolikman

        Have you ever heard of custom ROMs? Ever bothered to flash one of those on your pet and see the difference with the original stock interface? If so, you’d never spoken of a “huge” difference between SGS2 and SGS3. The quad-core would indeed make that difference somewhat noticeable, but dual-core Snapdragon – barely, even with 2Gb of RAM. They just want to rip us off, that’s it. Why not to release the quad-core version in North America? Who the hell needs LTE, which kills the battery better than the best game available for mobile OS? Was 3G not enough? How about 4G?
        North America is the worst country to live in these days if you love gadgets and know them well. I wish I lived someplace like Denmark.

        • Anonymous

          but you see, North America is a continent

        • Vousie

          Ok, I have the International version, and I’m wishing I had that 2GB ram. But being in Aus, I had to get Int’l.
          There’s even debate over whether quad core really is that much faster that dual; because it’s definitely not double the speed, whereas double ram does double speed – I can see the homescreen icons taking half a second to appear after I’ve been web browsing for a while (I have a habit of having at least 5 tabs open…).
          That 2GB would let it keep it’s homescreens in the memory..

          And as for killing the battery, is it really that bad? And anyway, you can disable the LTE frequencies manually (service mode) so it doesn’t use them, but this phone has an *amazing* battery life anyway so…
          I easily get a long day out of it, even reading ebooks or playing games etc in any breaks I find at uni.

          • James

            All i know is that after owning the S3, I could never in my right mind go back to S2. I’d probably rather not have a phone than have to go back to that experience.

            But when I owned by SGS2 I thought it was the greatest thing ever.

  • MTown

    Well in my opinion, at this stage of the game RAM is the only upgrade that matters. I’m not much of a gamer (that’s not to say I don’t appreciate a graphically intensive game once in a while, they just kill batter) so the difference between the two is minimal. One could argue that the Exynos might open apps faster, but with two gigs of RAM most/all apps wouldn’t have to close at all (at least the first 15 or so).

    Right now I have a GNexus so I won’t be upgrading until the next one, but stock ICS plus a “lowly” Omap 4460 process is pretty damn quick. I don’t need the processor to improve much more, but I could always use more RAM.

    And a bigger battery. And a better camera (than the Nexus, not the S3). And better industrial design.

    Hell, I wouldn’t care if the US version of the S3 had the exynos from the S2 in it. That one was plenty fast.

  • redraider133

    I think the ram makes it a little more future proof than the processor. I think in the long run the 2gb in the US versions will help a lot as apps continue to get larger.

  • jbstiles1942

    Without the Exynos 4412, I’d prefer to get the At&t HTC One X or Sprint HTC Evo 4G LTE over the Galaxy S III, as I’d expect performance to be Identical between the Krait S4 powered phones. So for the Galaxy S III, the Drop to the Krait S4 makes the phones pointless, compared to the competition, since it lost the only thing that really made the Galaxy S III special, the Exynos 4412 Quad-Core.

  • Hue Three of Five

    Just wait til November and get the next GSM Nexus. Sure both variants of the GSIII look nice, but what good is all that hardware if it takes 6 months or more to get the latest version of Android. ICS came out about 8 months ago and most devices don’t even have it yet. Also you almost have to root these phones that have skins in order to fix bugs.

    Touchwiz is ok now, but It does bog the system down. I would personally want a phone that got timely updates, and had software that performed like it should. If you got the GSIII you would probably want the one with 2gb of ram to help with the performance of Touchwiz.

    • redraider133

      Samsung really optimized touchwiz on the sgs2 and It seems they did the same with sgs3. Only time will tell but it seems like its not as heavy as previous skins and the 2 gb of ram should really help also.

      • Hue Three of Five

        Yea I guess touchwiz isn’t too bad. I have it on my Galaxy Tab 2. It just seems like devices run better when they are aosp, not to mention I never want to get stuck waiting 6months for an OS update again.

        • redraider133

          And if you are into rooting you can easily have aosp since Samsung is very developer friendly with their devices and usually have a good developer following and I am sure the sgs3 will have great support

    • jaxidian

      I’ve seriously considered this. You know the Nexuses (Nexii?) are going to be much more open and will come with the next version of Android. But with the SGS3 being as popular as it’s going to be, it will be the second device to get Jelly Bean, courtesy of our devs.

      I agree with you, you almost have to root to fix bugs. But regardless of what I get, I’ll be rooting. And I know the SGS3 will have an amazing dev community. So the only thing keeping me leaning more towards the SGS3 than the Nexii is with accessories. Since all SGS3s will be physically identical, that means accessories will work with any of them, which means we should have a TON of options. I mean, look at the GNex – the accessories situation is abysmal there. Yeah, plenty of cases but that’s about it. In order to get a good desktop dock you need to spend either $100 or get a cheapo $20 one on eBay that’ll break. And I have a feeling the same will be the case with the next line of Nexii as well.

      I guess it boils down to this: if the SGS3 dev community wasn’t going to be so awesome, then I would wait but that’s not even a concern. So the deciding factors become the secondary issues for me.

      • Hue Three of Five

        I think the Nexi will be better in the future with accessories as long one buys the Google Play version straight from Google. Certain carriers have a tendency to modify and mess things up. Verizon and Sprint do a good job at taking the true potential out of Android devices.

        And sure the GIII looks awesome and may have good dev support, but you really want to be running a port of Jellybean instead of official. We all know how ports are, sometimes they work ok, but a lot of the times they are buggy and have ril problems.

        That being said, the SIII on Tmo, Att or unlocked will probably be the ones to get IMO. It is definitely and enticing phone, and 2gbs of ram looks sweet. It will probably have good dev support and be open and easy to root. I would wait to see what kind of developer community forms around it though. A lot of developers are fed up with devices with skins and bloat. The Bionic for example was suppose to have huge developer support but it didn’t at all.

        • jaxidian

          You’re comparing the dev community for the GSIII, an internationally-launched device (also launching on every major US carrier), and from Samsung (who is known for unlocked bootloaders) to the Bionic, which only launched on Verizon and is from Motorola where nobody expected an unlocked bootloader.

          I’m a blunt person so I’m just going to come out and say it. Nobody expected a large dev community for the Bionic. Anybody who did was simply deceiving themselves.

      • VasBoz

        Root to fix which bugs? My SGS3 i9300 runs like a dream. Quad-core and 1GB RAM.

        I think people don’t actually understand just how “little” phone’s do compared to say Windows 7 which needs 2GB of RAM.

        Wakeup everyone. You only do one thing at a time on a phone, not like on a PC.

        • crolikman

          LOL…this only shows that you have never rooted your phone. I’ve been flashing custom ROMs since the first affordable smartphone from Nokia, which would make it in total about 8 or 9 years and I can actually say based from personal experience that rooted and/or moded phone is really superior in comparison to the out-of-the-box phones. SGS3 isn’t simply worth the money at the moment, unless you are living out of your daddy’s wallet. For hardworking people like myself, this is a total rip-off considering how little was improved within the phone. Have you even looked at the prototype of SGS3 that was released a year ago? Just 12 megapixels for a camera would already make it more like worth the money, but there was way way more cool things which never made it to the actual release of SGS3. And Americans have screwed it up even further by downgrading the CPU in order to sell their stupid LTE. .

          • Anonymous

            seems like you know nothing about cameras though. megapixels aint everything

        • Vousie

          Ummm, here with the Int’l version as well, (1GB & Quad core) ad I’ve had it take a while to bring my homescreens back after some web browsing – having taken them out of memory so as to have space for the web pages. 2GB ram would have been welcome here, especially if all you lose is the quad core phone bragging rights – since quad core isn’t that much faster anyway
          (see this webpage: )
          And windows 7 needs 2GB ram because the operating system uses 1.5GB by itself.

    • counsel dew

      Being that my GNexus can’t be usef as a phone, I’ll take the SGSIII. If the SGSIII has the same issue…I’ll be working more…

    • jason

      smith micro software

  • McLovin

    Which mod community will be most active? Will Cyangenmod come out first on the Exynos version or the S4 version? What is the projected user base between the international market and the US market? Will we see fragmentation on apps that will not run on both platforms?

    • redraider133

      I would assume it would probably be out around the same time for both since it is just two models to develop for and then add radios in instead of having 4 different US versions like previous sgs line

      • jaxidian

        CM will be out for the international version because:
        1) They come out before the LTE editions do
        2) LTE editions are not yet out but official CM nightlies are

    • crolikman

      The question is which community will first get to the stable ROM without any major bugs. Another question is when. SGS3 was released when SGS2 just started getting custom ROMs that actually work. I’d say wait one year and get SGS3 then, when it is going to cost around $350 for the factory unlocked version (just like the price of used SGS2 today)
      I wish they would put quad-core CPU with 2 Gig of RAM into GALAXY NOTE. That would be a real improvement!

  • tmihai20

    How about a phone that offers such an experience that you won’t need to look at the specs? Wait, there isn’t one, because they have to sell, sell, sell.

    • jaxidian

      We’re geeks – we need specs. ;-)

      Anyways, would you really ever buy a laptop without looking at the specs? Or a house without looking at the specs (imagine a 5000 sq ft house with only 1 bathroom)? The details are important. Not all of them but some of them are deal-breakers.

  • Neil

    Editorial: Why A Snapdragon S4 Galaxy S III Is Awesome
    May 31, 2012 Conan Kudo

    Yesterday, we found out the full specifications of the Galaxy S III for AT&T and T-Mobile USA. And many of you were disappointed that T-Mobile’s version will have the dual-core Snapdragon S4 instead of the quad-core Exynos 4 SoC (system on a chip), even though the T-Mobile version will have 2GB of RAM instead of the 1GB amount in the international model. However, I see it as a good thing for us.

    Obviously, having 2GB of RAM instead of 1GB of RAM means that Android can manage more in memory at once more quickly. What isn’t often mentioned is that this benefit offers a performance increase that is greater than having more CPU cores, since the Dalvik VM can aggressively manage memory better than it can handle threading and delegating threads to multiple CPU cores. Plus, more CPU cores takes more power, which eats away at battery quite a bit. More RAM with a dual-core processor instead of less RAM and a quad-core processor will offer far greater benefits on a smartphone. As for the CPU type, let me explain why I am of the opinion that the Snapdragon S4 is better than the Exynos 4.

    As many know, there are many different ARM chips used by device makers. Texas Instruments makes the OMAP series, Samsung makes the Exynos series, Qualcomm makes the Snapdragon series, ST-Ericsson makes the Nova and NovaThor series, and Apple makes the A series.

    By and large, most of the CPU component of these chips are the same, with the exception of Qualcomm. OMAP 4, Exynos 4, Nova/NovaThor, and the A5/A5x are all ARM Cortex-A9 CPUs. That means that they are all virtually identical in performance. At one level or another, most people generally recognize this, which is why we focus so much on the GPU rather than the CPU in an SoC.

    Let’s focus purely on the CPU for the moment. Most ARM chipmakers have to use designs provided by ARM for the CPU cores. What the chipmakers get to decide is how the system chip is actually laid out and what interactions to optimize (I/O, caching, etc.). This means that there isn’t a lot for most chipmakers to optimize beyond the interactions with the CPU and external components. NVIDIA takes this to the extreme with the Tegra architecture by making interactions between the CPU and the GPU extremely efficient for gaming.

    Qualcomm is special because it has a license from ARM to develop its own CPU core technology based on ARM designs and instruction sets. Basically, it can cherry-pick the best features and optimize at every level. The result is that the Qualcomm Snapdragon of a particular generation will crush all competitors of that generation.

    Snapdragon S2 and S3 use the Scorpion core, which takes some of the best features of both Cortex-A8 and Cortex-A9 ARM core designs and brings them into a single ARM core. That’s why the Scorpion core is very competitive to Exynos 3 (aka Hummingbird), OMAP 3, and other Cortex-A8 based SoCs. It also fared surprisingly well against many dual-core Cortex-A9 based SoCs like the Exynos 4 and the OMAP 4.

    Snapdragon S4 uses the Krait core, which takes the best features of the Cortex-A9 and the Cortex-A15 ARM core designs with a much better manufacturing process to produce smaller chips that are far more power efficient and deliver amazing amounts of performance compared to its competitors (which are Cortex-A9 based). This is why dual-core Snapdragon S4 devices can go toe to toe with the quad-core Tegra 3 and Exynos 4 on the CPU front. At the same time, because of the massively improved power efficiency, CPUs using Krait cores will consume so much less power than Cortex-A9 CPUs that the amount of battery life improvement can be measured in several hours for active use and days for standby usage.

    On the GPU side, the performance gap is a lot closer. The Adreno 225 is essentially the same GPU that was included in the Snapdragon S3 except with a few spec bumps and a doubling of the clock speed for the GPU cores. Though, a lot of bottlenecks were also eliminated in the new SoC arrangement in the Snapdragon S4. The result of this is that the performance of the Adreno 225 on a screen of 1024×600 resolution beats out all competitors except for the iPhone 4S performance wise (all competitors measured are pushing at lower resolutions, meaning the GPUs would perform much worse against the Adreno at the same resolution the Adreno is benched at). And even then, adjusting the Adreno 225 to push out at the same resolution as the iPhone 4S would make it surpass the GPU used in the iPhone 4S (the PowerVR SGX543MP2). With that in mind, I believe that the Adreno 225 is more than satisfactory for the Galaxy S III. Would I like a more powerful GPU? You bet. The Adreno 320 coming this fall to Snapdragon S4 is a total redesign for Adreno and is considerably more powerful, but I think nearly everyone will be fine with the performance the Galaxy S III will have with the Adreno 225.

    If you don’t believe me, you can check out the benchmarks yourself.

    Of course, the Snapdragon S4 also includes an integrated modem onto the chip, which means that Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, FM radio, 2G GSM, HSPA+, and LTE are all controlled by a single chip. Having two chips as opposed to five or six chips (as required for several other solutions) means that even less power is required to actually use all these radios. Given how power-hungry radios can get, any form of reduction in power usage will be great. As of right now, only Qualcomm’s modem is certified for DC-HSPA (HSPA+42) on the T-Mobile network. Perhaps next year, ST-Ericsson’s Thor M7300 and M7400 modems will be validated for use on T-Mobile’s HSPA+42 and upcoming LTE networks. When that happens, we’ll see more diversity for SoCs on high end devices.

    But if you are thinking that other carriers will get SoCs other than Qualcomm’s in the future, you’d probably be wrong. Most LTE modems do not support U.S. Digital Dividend frequencies, which means the LTE networks of AT&T, Verizon Wireless, and most regional carriers will be stuck with Qualcomm’s modems. T-Mobile can use non-Qualcomm LTE modems because the AWS band T-Mobile is using is a standardized band that is well-supported. Verizon Wireless, Sprint, and most regional carriers operate CDMA2000 networks, which means they have no choice but to use Qualcomm’s modems, since no one else makes CDMA2000 modems because Qualcomm owns all the IP rights to the cdmaOne/CDMA2000 technologies. Maybe once CDMA2000/LTE carriers start offering devices that don’t support CDMA2000, then we’ll see non-Qualcomm Snapdragon LTE devices on those networks, provided that U.S. Digital Dividend, ESMR+Cellular 850, and Extended U.S. PCS bands are all supported by non-Qualcomm modems by then.

    While it is technically possible to implement a multi-chip solution separating the system chip from the modem chip, it usually isn’t worth it unless you have a specialized platform (or it is a tablet and you have the space to spare). Apple and Motorola take this route, but the cost is heavy. They lose quite a bit of internal space to having more chips to represent the SoC. It also worsens battery life as more chips must be powered by the battery. They only do it because of CDMA2000 support. Motorola does it with OMAP4, a 3G Qualcomm modem, and an in-house LTE radio chip. Apple does it with its in-house A-series chip and a Qualcomm modem.

    For the foreseeable future, I think Qualcomm’s Snapdragon SoCs will dominate the non-Apple LTE device ecosystem. It will change over time as legacy technologies are phased out (in particular, CDMA2000) so that other modem chip makers can have their modems on the network, but for now, we’re going to have to deal with it. At least it is quite the enjoyable ride!

    • Hue Three of Five

      Great editorial! I have a question though. I have had devices with snapdragon s2 and s3, omap, and hummingbird processors….why does it seam like the devices I have owned which use the omap run the smoothest? The snap s3 was fast but at times there was lag. The TI omap in my bionic, tab 2 and nexus all ran better than the s3.

      • redraider133

        I have used devices with each inside and the snapdragon in the past did lag but supposedly the s4 is a new beast and as seen by the reviews of the one x with s4 it doesn’t seem to be a huge issue. Another thing is that in the past sense really bogged down the snapdragons( since that was used in almost all htc devices in the past) and with manufacturers making the skins less resource intensive this also can help with the processors. Once Samsung gets their exynos working with lte I think it is going to be the end for other processors because it seems every year the new exynos is the standard used to base phones smoothness off of IMO.

        • Hue Three of Five

          The S3 was suppose to be a beast too. It was good but there shouldn’t be any lag in these dual cores wih 1gig ram. Hopefully S4 is better, but my money is on TI.

          • redraider133

            Idk omap didn’t really impress in the nexus. Live wallpapers still made it lag even being stock Android. The skins are what bogs down the processor and with them becoming lighter and less resource hogging I think you will really be able to see the processors true abilities.

  • CJ LaFleur

    I’m a huge gamer so the downgrade in gpu is really disappointing. I don’t think either RAM or processor makes a huge difference anyway. I’m most concerned about updates. The fact that the gs3 updates will undoubtedly come about 6 months or more overdue. I tried flashing CM7 on my galaxy s and got a useless phone. If the huawei ascend d quad xl comes out in july I’ll just get that and hope updates are better. As it is, I’m getting sick of the crappy updates with android.

    • Hue Three of Five

      Yeah the update situation is quite ridiculous and has gotten worse over time. I the GS2 on att isn’t getting ICS until July I believe. I really only have faith in the GSM Nexus at this point, hopefully that doesn’t go south too. I think Google will keep it updated though.

      • jaxidian

        I don’t disagree with anything there. However, I think over the next year we can begin to see an upswing here.

        Why? Because last year, 5 million different models were released (made up state). Each manufacturer was releasing many different phones each quarter. Clearly they couldn’t keep updating all of them! But what’s changing is that most/all of the manufacturers are doing the opposite and only releasing a few devices. Look at Motorola w/ the Razr. HTC with the One serices. Samsung with the Galaxy 2/3 series (ignore the original Galaxy S series – they had 5,000 different versions there).

        They’re releasing many fewer devices so they’ll be able to better support them. If they don’t, they’re missing out on a golden opportunity!

    • redraider133

      I had ics on my fascinate and the phone flew. There are and will be a ton of development for the sgs3 so you Wont have to worry about updates and waiting on the carriers.

      • jaxidian

        Just so you know, not all Galaxy S models are in such a good state. Look at T-Mobile’s models. The Vibrant (original Galaxy S) has unofficial ICS ROMs available for it but they have a pretty major bug: You cannot call 911. The upgrade to that phone, the Galaxy S 4G, doesn’t even have any functional ICS ROMs available. So just because the Fascinate is in such a good state, don’t take it for granted that all Galaxy S devices (even the popular ones) will have good dev communities (not to knock those hard-working devs). Sometimes devices simply do not allow this (look at the Thunderbolt and how screwed up the RIL was for that device).

  • CJ LaFleur

    I am about ready to pull the trigger on the US gs3. I just have some doubts because of the ascend d quad xl and updates

    • redraider133

      Unless you import it, it doesn’t look like the huwai will be coming to the US and if so anytime soon.

      • CJ LaFleur

        Yea. If any info from I/O about the next nexus I may pass on the gs3. Otherwise I’ll be getting one.

  • CJ LaFleur

    I decided to pre order the GS3. I’ll take the 2gb of ram over the quad core I guess. It’s worth the trade off.

    • jaxidian


  • CJ LaFleur

    Yes. How’d you know?

    • jaxidian

      T-Mobile doesn’t have a pre-order although there are some other possibilities (US Cellular, maybe more like a Canadian carrier?)

  • EddieT

    if 28nm technology was more abundant, i would prefer a better SOC on the Quad-Core S4 to handle the battery issues present in the US version of the S3.. but like most are saying, as a SGS2 owner.. I’m more likely to wait til the SGS4 or 5 is revealed, since I am more than satisfied with the SGS2 over all past phones I’ve owned (I was an early adopter with the G1).

    If I had to choose either the Quad-Core International S3 over the Dual-Core US S3, I would most definitely go for the US version, because the Int’l version can only support 3G phone access and 2G internet service and then I can pick and choose which carrier I want to be under (more choice).. but, if I was satisfied with being just an AT&T customer (which I am not).. and if I knew that I would only be using this phone on 3G/2G/WiFi.. then, sure.. I would go with the international version.

  • exhibitO

    IMO, LTE is not all it’s cracked up to be, if you don’t have unlimited data then it’s not really worth it. I’m not going to sacrifice faster CPU/GPU for a 2GB cap LTE.

    Needless to say I got international version.

    Also the S4 isn’t as battery efficient as the native exynos, so you are going to see battery life shortened whether or not you use your LTE. These aren’t things I’m willing to sacrifice. Just me, though. Others might be different.

  • Androidaholic

    Ultimately I would prefer to have the Samsung Exynos 4 chip with 2 gigs of Ram with a 28 nanometer process like that of the Qualcom S4. Currently the Exynos is of the 32 nanometer process. It is my opinion that the Ram in these devices is the one thing that has been lagging behind. I have been wondering with the CPU improvements why they were not upgrading the Ram. It is for this reason that I am very proud to own a Qualcom S4 1.5 GHZ dual core chip with 2 gigs of Ram in my new and Beautiful white Galaxy S3. I also have the new EVo 4g LTE. These are both awesome devices and after having the original Epic 4g along with the original Evo 4g. It is essential as an avid enthusiast that I own both the latest one HTC and one Samsung device because I enjoy so much the differences these devices offer and I do not feel whole as a person without them both. I know I am ate up with but I am also loving every minute of it and I am very Happy. I am the type of person that enjoys installing Roms and custom themes on my devices. In relation to battery life the smaller the building process of the CPU chip the better the battery life so in theory the Qualcom S4 28 nanometer chip should get slightly better battery life than Samsungs 32 nanometer chip. In reguards to the Ram as soon as I picked up the Galaxy S3 three the first thing I noticed was how smooth the transitions were and scrolling. All I have to say is get the Galaxy s3 if you are thinking about it and even if your not find a way because it is one bad ass Apple smashing machine. The new I-Phone may change that in some peoples eyes but not mine it will still only have a 4″ screen and that to me is two generations behind in my world. Besides IOS still has way less fexibility and a smaller feature set than Android. Why support a company like Apple that try’s to keep you from getting a device you may want. I never will for that reason. They do not care about the consumer they only want your money that is why they lock you up so tight and try to divert people to there devices by banning Android handsets from sale.

  • Harold

    One thing you need to realize, right now, and possibly for the foreseeable future, quad-core is not needed at all.

    Why wouldn’t you want the added ram? Games may be graphically intensive, but most apps are aalso getting larger in size. Ask yourself how much you actually “hardcore” game on your phone, as opposed to running numerous apps, using the internet, video, messaging etc.

    Battery life does take a slight hit with the Exynos, not that it’s noticeable much. LTE is the fastest network out there, even if you don’t use much data, having that speed is incredible.

    My ideal galaxy s3, would be a quad-core with 2 gb ram and LTE. That’s not happening anytime soon, and as we’ve seen with the HTC One X, the dual-core snapdragon s4 is actually as capable.

    By the time quad-core becomes used and actually is needed, you’d probably see the galaxy s4 or s5 by then.

  • Famouzdev

    In all actuality the Qualcomm s4 is suppose to be faster than the exynos quad dude to the architect build of the chips. Topped with the 2 gb of ram it will run smoother over all. Ram play just as much of a role in speed as processor power. Here a link for further insite?

  • v kiran kumar

    Can I unlock and use the sgs3 sprint in India?

  • Haste

    I’ve used both working in the wireless field and I haven’t seen much of a different in terms of speed, processing power, multi-app functionalilty, or any other features other than the Exy processor being just a tiny bit faster, in terms of loading and starting up applications.