Qualcomm Unable to Meet S4 CPU Demands. US Galaxy S III Miss the Exynos?
Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon S4 dual-core processors is recently well-known as better CPU alternative for mid/high-range android smartphone. Although it posses less cores than any other powerful CPU like quad-core Tegra 3, early benchmark test reveals that the Chipset is able to deliver similar performance to. However, latest report suggest that Qualcomm is having problem to meet the high demand for it.
Korea Times suggest Paul Jacobs, the CEO for Qualcomm, noted that the company is now manage to keep the manufacturing process on schedule. However, they are unable to make enough 28 nanometer capacity at the moment. Thus, they are currently worry if they can’t meet the current demand for the processors. Jacobs also suggest that they are now currently work closely with smartphone manufacturers to deal with this problem.
The Korean web page also explained further that this shortage may bring huge impact to LG revenue in the first quarter this year. The company plan to release some new flagship android smartphone that can only powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 CPU since Nvidia, or other silicon chip manufacturer, doesn’t posses any high-end CPU that support for LTE connectivity.
But the most interesting part of this news is how Samsung react against the situation. The newspaper quoted Samsung that says the Galaxy S III will be released with different hardware specs according to different market. European customers should be able to take advantage from the handset’s 3G connectivity with company’s own quad-core chip. Similar configuration will also available for Korea customers, with the addition of LTE support. Finally, US customers will be the only people in the world that receive Qualcomm-powered Galaxy S III.
Well, in that case, Samsung will follow similar step to HTC. The Taiwan based company is currently use different chip for the US version of their One series handset. Instead of Nvidia Tegra 3, the HTC One X that head to AT&T will carry on Snapdragon S4 CPU made by Qualcomm. However, we can’t tell you for sure since there’s no solid evidence on that. Guess that we have to wait until the official release event on May 3rd in London to find out more detail about Galaxy S III CPU.
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