All the information that’s currently floating around the internets about Samsung’s successor to the Galaxy S II, aptly called the Galaxy S III, is so ridiculously unreliable that we haven’t been able to paint an accurate picture of what to expect. Today though, that changes thanks to a piece from The Korea Times, which has proven itself over time to be incredibly spot-on. They say that a “high-ranking company executive” has given them the following information: First, the Samsung produced Exynos processor inside the Galaxy S III will feature an integrated 4G LTE and 3G modem. This would be the first time Samsung has ever done this. The executive says that Samsung is tired of paying wheelbarrows full of money to Qualcomm for their cellular modems, and that Qualcomm is actually “losing its edge”, though we beg to differ. Second, the Exynos in the Galaxy S III will also be the company’s first quad core chip, though we don’t know if that means four ARM Cortex A9 processors, four ARM Cortex A15 processors, or two ARM Cortex A15 processors paired up with two ARM Cortex A7 processors. Third and finally, this magical chip will be the first to be produced using 32 nanometer technology, whereas every Samsung chip that has come before has been based on a 45 nanometer process.
So why is this important? Because every time Samsung sells a smartphone in America, said smartphone needs to undergo a heart transplant. The Galaxy S II, the Galaxy Note, and several other Galaxy devices, they use Samsung’s own Exynos chips in Europe and Asia. However in the United States they get Qualcomm chips because Qualcomm chips support 4G LTE. That’s money that could have gone to the South Korean handset maker and component manufacturer.
We wish we could give you more intel, but this is all we have for now. Expect to hear more about the Galaxy S III in April or May.