The Samsung Galaxy S3 may lose its quad-core processor when it heads to US, instead having to settle for a poxy dual-core offering.
According to reports from The Korea Times, a Samsung executive has revealed that the US version of the Galaxy S3 will sport the dual-core Qualcomm chip, whereas the international version will pack the powerful Exynos 4 Quad processor.
This wouldn’t be the first time America has seen a less powerful version land on its shores, as the HTC One X, which runs Nvidia’s Tegra 3 quad-core chip, was swapped to the dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor.
4G compatibility issues
The reason for Samsung’s potential downgrade has not been documented, but it could be along the same lines as the One X, with some of the latest quad-core chips incompatible with the modems necessary for 4G networks.
The Galaxy S3 is seen to be the next major handset on the market, with Samsung confirming that it will be using its new quad-core Exynos chip in the device and reports suggesting it will come with a 4.5-4.8-inch HD screen, 8MP or 12MP camera, NFC technology and Android Ice Cream Sandwich.
We’ll know for sure what the deal is on May 3, as Samsung takes to the stage at Earls Court, London, to reveal its next Galaxy device. TechRadar will be in attendance to bring you all the news live.