Samsung Makes Canadian SGS3 Variants with Krait Officialby Brian Klug on May 31, 2012 1:20 AM EST
Almost immediately after making the International Samsung Galaxy S 3 (SGS3) official, speculation started about just what features would make it over to the variants bound for carriers in the Americas and in regions with LTE. Today, Samsung made two Canadian-bound variants of the SGS3 official: SGH-i747 with LTE, and SGH-iT999 with DC-HSPA+ 42 Mbps. Both are built around Qualcomm's MSM8960 Snapdragon S4 SoC at 1.5 GHz, which we've already seen in the HTC One X (AT&T) and HTC One S. Where the SGS3 does mix things up is the inclusion of 2 GB of LPDDR2 RAM. The rest of the details are unchanged - these two newly announced variants still have the same camera, WLAN, and display. Samsung has also given the same sizes and mass, which is a bit surprising since this varied last time around. We've put together a table with some comparisons between the variants and what we know at this point, I suspect closer to launch we'll flesh out some of the obvious question marks.
|Samsung Galaxy S III Variants|
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 MSM8960
(2 x Krait @ 1.5 GHz)
Samsung Exynos 4 Quad / Exynos 4412
(4 x Cortex A9 @ 1.4 GHz)
|RAM||2 GB LPDDR2||1 GB LPDDR2|
|Network Support||LTE UE Category 3||DC-HSPA+ 42.2||HSPA+ 21.1 (Intel XMM6262)|
|Display Size||4.8" 1280x720 HD SAMOLED (PenTile RGBG)|
|Size, Mass||136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6 mm, 133g|
|Storage||16 / 32 GB NAND, microSD||16 GB NAND, microSD||16 / 32 / 64 GB NAND, microSD|
|Cameras||8MP Rear-facing, 1.9MP Front-facing|
|WiFi/BT/NFC||WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, NFC, BT 4.0 (BCM4334)|
|Battery||3.7V 2100mAh (7.77 Whr)|
|Announced Carriers||Bell Mobility, Virgin Mobile, SaskTel, TELUS and Rogers Wireless||Videotron, Wind and Mobilicity||N/A (International)|
Samsung also explicitly called out a few Canadian carriers, and from that you can surmise the band support of the two variants. Namely the inclusion of AWS (1700/2100) support on SGH-iT999, and 850/1900 MHz WCDMA alongside AWS and 700 MHz LTE on SGH-i747. Based on how closely the Canadian SGS2 variants mirrored the USA variants last time around, it seems likely that we're looking at what is or is very close to the SGS3s coming to T-Mobile and AT&T in the SGH-iT999 and SGH-i747, respectively.
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sprockkets - Friday, June 1, 2012 - linkLike the screen? I have the predecessor the sensation, and while the new one is in some ways has a snappier, higher refresh rate (at least it seems that way), I didn't like the pentile pattern.
That and no removable batt and no sd card meant no upgrade for now. Very thin though :)
ltcommanderdata - Thursday, May 31, 2012 - linkOne issue about these being the eventual US variants is that while dual Krait may yield competitive CPU performance to quad Cortex A9, the GPU performance is noticeably less. Now that Samsung has the fastest smartphone GPU, you'd think they'd want to have that as a feature when launching in the US.
coldpower27 - Thursday, May 31, 2012 - linkRight now you have to pick, if you want LTE support your going to sacrifice the Mali-400, if you stay on 3G then you get the Exynos 4412.
You can't have both yet.
snoozemode - Thursday, May 31, 2012 - linkThere are no products using 4412.
CoreDuo - Thursday, May 31, 2012 - linkThe Exynos 4 Quad *is* the 4412.
simno073 - Thursday, May 31, 2012 - linkseriously, it can see the fact of having different characteristics for the same name fair to the customer.
snoozemode - Thursday, May 31, 2012 - linkExynos 4412 is a dual-core chipset, same as in Galaxy S2 but manufactured in 32nm. It was later renamed to Exynos 4 Dual 32nm.
matty123 - Thursday, May 31, 2012 - linkThe article you linked to only talks about the exynos 4212 not the 4412 and is almost a year old.
The phone has been confirmed to have four cores by multiple users and independent reviewers.
Samsung also confirmed at the unveiling event that it would have a quad core processor and that it would be the exynos 4412
snoozemode - Thursday, May 31, 2012 - linkI made a mistake there for sure. But there's no official information about 4412 to be found. It is named Exynos 4 Quad only.
zorxd - Thursday, May 31, 2012 - linkit got renamed. The original name was Exynos 4412. Just like the Hummingbird was renamed Exynos 3110 or something like that.