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AT&T Samsung Galaxy S II Coming with Tegra 2 CPU, Not Exynos?

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According to the latest FCC filing, the Samsung Galaxy S II, which is Samsung’s most popular smartphone to date and still not yet available in the U.S., may be getting a brain swap. Rather than launching with the company’s own Exynos processor, the Galaxy S II, model GT-i9103, which comes with AT&T-compatible 3G/4G bands, was spotted with an NVIDIA Tegra 2 chipset.

Prior speculations pegged the delay of the Galaxy S II due to some internal component switches to better compete against Apple’s forthcoming iPhone 4S or iPhone 5, whenever Apple releases those model(s). That speculation states that Samsung may be looking at upgrading the CPU from a dual-core 1.2 GHz Exynos CPU to a dual-core 1.4 GHz Exynos CPU. However, with the FCC filing, it seems that the processor, at least based on raw clock speed numbers, may not be experiencing the upgrade as previously thought as the Tegra 2 tops out at a dual-core 1.0 GHz speed.

As the wait continues in the U.S. and in North America for the Galaxy S II, Samsung is opening up the doors to challengers in the high-end smartphone market. At least in the U.S., Motorola is expected to launch the Photon 4G, the Droid 3, and the Droid Bionic in the U.S. before or at around the same time as the anticipated Galaxy S II launch.

The model GT-i903 is a variant of the GT-i900 that was seen before going through the FCC; the i900 model had the Exynos chipset.

Via: Droid Matters

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7 Comments

  1. yo2boy

    07/08/2011 at 12:28 am

    The Tegra 2 really sucks in comparison to the Exynos

    • Jakub Palka

      07/09/2011 at 11:11 pm

      Yeah that’s why this variant benched better than Exynos…

      Keep thinking that.

  2. Samdroid

    07/10/2011 at 1:57 pm

    “These benchmark tests shows that Tegra 2 takes the lead over Exynos in almost every category. This is especially true for mobile gaming.”

    By Roshan Ragel

    Read more: http://www.differencebetween.com/difference-between-mali-400mp-gpu-and-vs-tegra-2/#ixzz1Ri7UcM95

    • Scrantoncity

      07/18/2011 at 1:21 am

      That was at 1 Ghz, not 1.2

      1.2 Ghz showed massive improvement, and 1.4 would dominate.

  3. Aozi84

    07/13/2011 at 7:11 am

    Tegra 2 chipset does not support MSAA  -.-”

  4. Anonymous

    09/05/2011 at 7:09 am

    Everyone keeps thinking that “1.2 ghz actually makes a difference, guess they forgot how the 800 mhz snapdragon beat the 1 ghz hummingbird & the 1 ghz A4 *was really 800 mhz only ipad had a 1 ghz A4* the HTC G2 showed that speed doesn’t have anything to do with processing efficiency & the same goes for the tegra 2 soc. Look at the facts, leave your emotions@ the door & do a little research instead of going to fan sites that tell you what you want to hear.the galaxy R beasted

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