According to information dug up online, Samsung is preparing a dual-core variant of its newly-unveiled Galaxy S3
Information posted to a popular benchmarking site suggests that Samsung is preparing a dual-core variant of its Galaxy S3 smartphone for the North American market, specifically, for Verizon.
The variant, which carries the model number SCH-I535, checked in with a 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 chipset rather than the quad-core Exynos of the original. Aside from the chipset differences the device was identical to the original Galaxy S3, prompting speculation that the mystery smartphone is actually a 4G/LTE-friendly version of the device, aimed at serving Big Red.
Taiwanese manufacturer HTC made similar changes to its One X device when bringing it to the U.S. market, bumping the Tegra 3 chipset of the Euro version in favor of Qualcomm's 'Krait' S4. The S4 plays nice with U.S. networks and offers unparalleled support for 4G tech--something NVIDIA's Tegra 3 chipset can't match.
While many will see the change to dual core as a 'downgrade,' it's important to note that Qualcomm's S4 has actually been shown to be superior to the Tegra 3 in many ways, posting better benchmarks despite packing two fewer processor cores. So the version we see may turn out to be the better smartphone of the two, which will be nice if true!