Would you give up LTE for a Quad Core CPU?

Posted May 03, 2012 at 3:38 pm in Threads > Smartphones & Tablets

We all saw it with the HTC One X and it sounds like we’re going to see it again with the Galaxy S III. The latest/greatest quad-core processors don’t play nicely with LTE, or at least not nicely enough to be profitable enough for the manufacturers. So because of this, the US is getting dual-core S4 chips instead of Tegra 3 or quad-core Exynos chips.

Sure, the S4 chips are very nice, arguably just as good for day-to-day things. But they seem to fall behind when running on software optimized for quad core chips. And face it, more and more software will be optimized as time goes on making this a more and more important question. Afterall, we’re not interested in the quad core chips because today’s software needs it. We’re interested in it because of tomorrow’s software.

So what are your thoughts? Would you give up LTE in order to get a quad-core CPU? Or would you rather have that faster LTE connection at the expense of two cores?

  • http://www.infotainmentempire.com pekosROB

    No, I would rather have the LTE over Quad Core. Quad core is great, don’t get me wrong, but getting stuff streamed faster would be nicer for me.

    Now if I had to sacrifice screen on top of quad core… we might have a different story.

    • Joe

      LTE is overrated and unnecessary unless there is an unlimited data plan that comes along with it, and even still I could barely justify the cost of the postpaid account you need to use LTE in most cases. In other words forget it until the racket carriers have going on in terms of “plans”.

  • Stang68

    Nope. LTE is very important.

  • sherifffruitfly

    my g2x doesn’t need more cores, it needs more MEMORY.

  • Duke

    If I was on verizon or at&t I would keep dual core and have lte speeds… But since I’m on sprint and I love there true unlimited data plan, and I’m sure I won’t be getting no lte around my area anytime soon. (Bakersfield California) so I rather keep the quad core and sacrifice lte… My choice.

  • Ps3y3Ops

    I wouldn’t give up LTE for quad core in the CDMA realm, however, the GSM networks, I suspect, have the potential of a benefit. I personally have no real-world experience to form a solid opinion. The potential is there, I think, with HSPA+ for it to be beneficial.

  • Ps3y3Ops

    Good topic of discussion, Jax!

  • holysmokesbatty

    I’d take the quad core over lte, even if that was an option for T-Mobile. Lte still being in such an early stage doesn’t offer THAT much over HSPA+ and a faster data connection isn’t going to help my apps load any faster or perform any better. If T-Mobile pulls the unthinkable and keeps the Exynos processor in their SGSIII over the 42mb/s radio and an S4 I will pee myself.

  • dliontis28

    no freakin way. Lte is good and so is my dual core. Its enough for me

  • SGB101

    No but being in the uk I’d give up the quad for 4g.

    • http://www.jaxidian.org/update/ jaxidian

      I’m incredibly ignorant to the state of carriers over there. What are expectations for LTE for you in London? Happening anytime soon?

  • djembeman

    No. Gotta keep Verizon 4G LTE!!

    • professandobey

      I felt the same way once, but since I was throttled on my “unlimited” plan, I’m stuck using slow wifi too frequently. I’ve gotten rather fed up with Verizon over locked bootloaders, slow updates, VZW branded Nexus, and pricing. HSPA+ isn’t that much slower than LTE, has less signal issues and doesn’t drain batteries as much. So if I switch, I would definitely trade LTE for a better processor.

      • Hue Three of Five

        Verizon is good at marketing, they had me convinced for years that I would have a terrible experience off contract or with another carrier. Well on contract free gsm I now enjoy…

        -Way better battery
        -4-7mbps download speeds (HSPA+ isn’t slow)
        -Great signal
        -Thinner phone
        -Bloat free phone
        -Updates on time
        -$40 less a month on my bill
        -FREEDOM from contracts!

        So yes I would give up LTE for quadcore. LTE is a marketing ploy and has many negative aspects.

  • http://www.ndroidgamers.com B2L

    From my experience it’s not about quad core vs LTE. In my opinion It’s the Exynos with no LTE vs S4 with LTE and what it really boils down too is, I would much rather have a Samsung SOC, rather than a Qualcomm SOC.

    For example take a look at the Galaxy Note, the International version has the Exynos 4210, and the AT&T branded version has the Qualcomm 8660 (S3). The Exynos outperforms the S3 in nearly every aspect, the processor alone made me choose to buy the international version rather than get the LTE version with the S3.

    LTE is great, but Samsung sure knows how to make some great hardware. I am able to use WIFI most of the time as well, so LTE isn’t all that important to me.

    • http://www.jaxidian.org/update/ jaxidian

      You hit the nail right on the head! :-)

  • kmisterk

    it depends on who’s lte I’m giving up. Verizon’s? Absolutely not. 42mbps is amazing. Pure and simple. And my dual core device keeps up with it no problem. Now if it were a quad core with 2GB+ ram, then yeah. I’d do it. Wifi is good though for most my high-bandwidth/high-traffic needs fire me to consider losing lte.

  • redraider133

    I would take lte over quad core, because no matter what processor is in it and how many cores it still will only be able to download and stream things as fast as the network will allow and with 3g it is pretty slow compared to lte.

  • CTown

    Our current internet providers suck. Seriously, America needs LTE (well the post-LTE upgrades actually). I say we buy the dual core phones and take one for the team!

    Plus, T-Mobile is starting to use the space it set aside for GSM and Edge for HSPA+. Also, isn’t Verizon eventually going to phase out it’s 3G network?

  • Jorge Vieira

    I was just wondering this myself. I really really want that quad core but after haveing 4g LTE on both verizon and att, its just amazingly fast the worst is when im not on LTE thats a bummer. And quad core cant help thos hspa+ speeds. I thought i wouldnt actually need LTE I was very against it this time last year i was happy with my 3g speeds. Once you go LTE there is no looking back.

  • Ironzey Lewis

    I’ve always said that these devices live and die by their network speeds. For my usage, having a consistently fast network speed is super important because I tether a lot.

    Having said that I’ll take the quad core. If LTE was capable of a consistent 20Mb/s it would be worth the price. Until it comes to T mobile I’m not interested in LTE.

  • isovich

    I would go with the quad. LTE is not in my area though, and i don’t make it to the city often enough to make it worth getting.

  • CJ LaFleur

    I would go with the quad core hands down! I live in a town that still has 3g (not sure about HSPA+). if the AT&T GS3 comes with a dual core processor, I will get the international version. Bottom line is an Exynos quad core beats the hell out of an S4. The processor is the most important piece of hardware so one should demand the best they can get. I don’t know LTE speeds so I don’t really care as it’ll probably be a while before I get LTE.

    • redraider133

      If I was on a gsm carrier I would get the unlocked version hands down. Simply not having to deal with when and if carriers will allow an update to the phone is enough to make it worth it. That+ no bloatware makes it much better IMO.

  • TAM_the_MAN

    I would go with quad core. I don’t stream or download much. I would prefer to connect with wifi if I do anything that would require a lot of bandwidth. I also don’t like the amount of energy it consumes to hop onto LTE.

  • SpaceGhost

    I would say in this summer 2012. The best choise would be to get the Samsung Galaxy S3 in Dual Core with LTE…3G HSPA+ was good back in the day, but now a lot of the 3G networks are getting quite congested here in the US… There is no point on having a quad core or 8 core if your internet speed is going to go slow… 4G LTE is the best option for now… Maybe in 2013 the Samsung Galaxy S4 phone Would come with Quad Core and LTE.. Tecnology is advansin really fast..Right?

  • DeegBom

    I would give it up without a doubt. LTE is overrated if you ask me. I prefer to have a fast phone (OS-wise). Of course, this is coming from a Dutch guy and LTE isn’t available in The Netherlands yet. So even I can’t even use it if I had it on my phone :P. Take my opinion with a grain of salt ;)

  • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

    I gave up LTE (Verizon Galaxy Nexus) for quad-core (HTC One X) and I’m not regretting it one bit.

    • http://www.jaxidian.org/update/ jaxidian

      I’m about to do the same thing. Ditching VZW to go to T-Mobile. I’m not doing it FOR the quad-core but I’m comfortable with the result being giving up LTE and gaining quad-core. :-)

      • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

        I’ve been surprised how good the battery life is on the quad-core One X. I used the ATT One X with Snapdragon S4 for a couple weeks, and it feels like the Tegra version is lasting longer.

        • http://www.jaxidian.org/update/ jaxidian

          Maybe that penta-core processor really does what nVidia says it does!

  • Pi for Nerds

    I think I would take quad core. The 3G speed I get is good for what I do, and I game more than I stream video and other bandwidth heavy activities.

  • acostaisasmendi

    I would TOTALLY give up LTE for a Quad Core!

    I mean, what do you need ULTRA-FAST internet for? Regular 3g is just fast enough for a phone.

    • acostaisasmendi

      I mean, it’s nice to have LTE. But it’s way better to have quad core.

  • ps

    Unless anyone is on sprint faster speeds are use less because of caps quad core … let’s go on strike and get real unlimited plans back to make lte a relevant technology

  • yankeesusa

    If the lte I was giving up was verizon I would say no. If it was sprint or att then I say yea since their lte networks are far from being completed. Even if verizon decided to halt lte expansion right now it would take a long time for anyone to even match their coverage let alone beat it.