Samsung Galaxy S3 first for Samsung's quad-core Exynos chip

The hotly tipped Samsung Galaxy S3 is set to be the first phone to use Samsung's new quad-core Exynos processor.

The hotly tipped Samsung Galaxy S3 is set to be the first phone to use Samsung's new quad-core Exynos processor, which will see the new phone run significantly faster and longer than current phones.

The Korea Times quotes a Samsung executive who reveals that the S3 will be the first to use the Exynos 4412 chip.

The Exynos 4412 is a 32-nanometer chipset with four ARM Cortex-A9 cores, running at speeds up to 1.5GHz. It's up to 26 per cent faster than current chips, and chould see an impressive extra 50 per cent on battery life too.

By using its own chip, Samsung will also reduce its reliance on US chipmaker Qualcomm .

Anticipation for the S3 is cranking up to fever pitch. This weekend we saw possibly the most convincing leaked photo of the S3 yet. It's rumoured to sport a 1080p high-definition screen , and is a dead cert for Ice Cream Sandwich, the very latest version of Android.

Quad-core phones are the latest cutting-edge phone technology. The likes of the HTC One X and Huawei Ascend D Quad pack the sort of power that chews through high-definition video and games, web browsing and anything you can throw at them. But not everyone is impressed: Sony is among the naysayers that believe quad-core is overkill for a phone.

To see what all the fuss is about, check out our quad-core comparison of the HTC One X, Huawei D Quad and LG Optimus 4X HD .

With quad-core power on board, will the Galaxy S3 be an unstoppable powerhouse or an overpowered battery hog? Tell me your thoughts in the comments, or on our Facebook wall.

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Rich Trenholm is a senior editor at CNET where he covers everything from phones to bionic implants. Based in London since 2007, he has travelled the world seeking out the latest and best consumer technology for your enjoyment.


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