Specifications leaked in late February suggested that the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S III would use a quad-core Samsung Exynos processor and would come with LTE support. A Korea Times today backed up those claims citing an unnamed “high-ranking company executive.” The SoC will offer “a combination of long-term evolution (LTE), telecommunications and W-CDMA functions.”
The move would allow Samsung to lower its dependence on U.S. chipmaker Qualcomm:
“Samsung has a stronger intent to lower its dependence on Qualcomm and our technicians believe that we have made significant progress in producing logic-based chips for high-end devices, combined logic and memory chips for graphic controllers and core communication chips for Internet-enabled consumer devices,” said the executive.
The Exynos SoC in question appears to be the 32nm Exynos 4412. Unveiled by Samsung during MWC, it comes with four Cortex A9-based cores running up to 1.5GHz and a quad-core Mali-based GPU. It now looks like Samsung has managed to add an LTE modem to it as well.
Samsung will unveil the Samsung Galaxy S III at an event sometime “in the first half of the year.”
Read more: Korea Times