Possibly not the kind of news many of you were hoping to hear today, but interesting none the least. A user agent profile popped up online today which could confirm suspicions that the Verizon version of the Samsung Galaxy S3 (unconfirmed) may not come with Sammy’s quad-core Exynos. Instead, it seems Samsung could be opting for Qualcomm’s dual-core S4 processor.
A handset with the model number SCH-I535 showed up in a UA string boasting specs worthy of Samsung’s next flagship, namely a 720p HD display and running on Android 4.0 and a Qualcomm MSM8960 processor. The device also follows Verizon and Samsung’s traditional naming structure, for example, the Galaxy Nexus (SCH-I515) > Droid Charge (SCH-I510 > Galaxy S Fascinate (SCH-I500).
We’ve heard talk before that the US version of the Galaxy S III wouldn’t come with their quad-core Exynos because of our unique combination of LTE and 3G bands and this news only reaffirms that rumor. I wouldn’t classify this as bad news — the S4 has shown in benchmarks and real world speed to be more than a capable chipset — but for those really hoping for a little extra kick out of their GSIII, this may not be received well.