Samsung to Bring Galaxy S III to Korea with Quad-Core, LTE Capabilities
While American Galaxy S III owners will have to give up on quad-core computing power from Samsung’s Exynos processor to gain 4G LTE mobile broadband capabilities, users in Samsung’s home of South Korea will not have to make such sacrifice. The South Korean edition of the Galaxy S III flagship Android smartphone that will become available on SK Telecom, KT, and LG U+ will have both quad-core computing along with 4G LTE support, making it one of the most full-featured and well equipped smartphones out there.
Like the U.S. edition of the Galaxy S III, South Korea’s amped up edition also features 2 GB of RAM for fluid and fast multitasking. Additionally, Unwired View is reporting that DMB TV support will also be found on Korea’s version.
The Galaxy S III in the U.S. was released with a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor, which is an efficient and powerful dual-core CPU. Samsung most likely opted for Qualcomm’s offering in the U.S. rather than its own quad-core Exynos CPU because Qualcomm’s radios are more favored by American carriers. In the past, Samsung had also eschewed its own dual-core Exynos CPU on the Galaxy S II and the Galaxy Note in favor of Qualcomm Snapdragon chipsets for U.S. releases.
Americans who want a quad-core Galaxy S III would have to import an HSPA+ international GSM model, but such a model won’t work on AT&T’s 4G LTE network or T-Mobile’s 3G/4G network. This situation isn’t unique to Samsung as rival HTC had also eschewed the quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor found on the international version of the One X when it released the phone for AT&T.