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Samsung Galaxy S II to Come in Two Variants, One with Tegra 2

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Prior to the official announcement of the Samsung Galaxy S II Android smartphone, there were rumors that Samsung may use another company’s CPU to power its own flagship Android device, and now there is news that there may be a second version of the smartphone. The NFC-equipped smartphone will come with either a Samsung Exynos CPU–previously codenamed Orion–or an NVIDIA Tegra 2 CPU. Both mobile processors are dual-core 1.0 GHz chips based on the same ARM Cortex A9 reference design.

While the Korean phone-maker tries to use internally manufactured components for its products, its use of a rival chipmaker’s CPU probably indicates that Samsung hasn’t ramped up production of its Exynos dual-core CPU enough to fulfill demands of its own phone division.

A similar situation had occurred with the original Galaxy S launch where Samsung had to utilize a competing technology for one of its components to satisfy demand for the popular Android handset. In the case of the Galaxy S, Samsung decided to use a Super LCD display in some markets instead of the company’s own Super AMOLED screen technology, indicating that there were supply constraints with the company’s own display panel. The LCD-based Galaxy S–actually called the Galaxy SL to differentiate itself from the Super AMOLED variant–actually uses a rival chip from Texas Instruments of similar single-core 1 GHz specs.

An NVIDIA Tegra 2-powered Galaxy S II smartphone may only be available in non-critical markets. The company may be targeting its own Exynos-powered Galaxy S II for important markets, such as the U.S. market.

The use of two different chipsets, although from the same ARM family with the same specs, is perhaps the reason why Samsung had been vague about the CPU specs of the device at its unveiling at Mobile World Congress.

Via: Engadget

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13 Comments

  1. Jakerocksalot

    02/18/2011 at 12:46 pm

    Other than some obvious chinese Knockoffs this phone is the biggest copy of the iPhone. One square middle button, chocolatbar shape. Wow come up with your on design for once.

    • Bb

      02/19/2011 at 10:42 pm

      iphone has lost the battle…

  2. Muthuraj

    02/18/2011 at 1:05 pm

    its not about meeting demand, samsung do not want to risk trying its new processor in a phone like Samsung S II in critical markets. benchmark tests confirm that Exynos is not as powerful as Tegra 2. Exynos drivers are not still optimized.

  3. Nadd99

    02/18/2011 at 1:38 pm

    i booked my galaxy s2 from US …..its price around 20k….next year it lauches in india fr around 30k….

    • Maithily

      03/01/2011 at 7:18 am

      how did you booked it from US ? is there any site from where we can book this mobile ?

    • Ujwol Shrestha

      03/04/2011 at 3:39 pm

      Can you please share where and how were you managed to get it within 20k ?? I am lot interested in this …

  4. Bhavdip

    04/14/2011 at 3:56 am

    me too in 15k but 3 months ago from korea it is pre order…..

  5. Vkr

    04/24/2011 at 7:17 am

    Nadd99 and Bhavdip anything that you can share for others to pre order now… thanks

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