Samsung Galaxy Note III to be powered by the Snapdragon 800 chipset
A new report leads us to believe that the upcoming Galaxy Note III phablet by Samsung will use Qualcomm’s unreleased but powerful Snapdragon 800 chipset.
A fresh report claims that the Samsung Galaxy Note III will allegedly use Qualcomm’s unreleased flagship (read, beast) Snapdragon 800 chipset. This comes as a surprise as previous reports hinted that the Note III will come with an octa core processor, which obviously leads us to believe it will be Samsung’s own Exynos 5450 chipset (the same one in the Galaxy S4, albeit clocked higher).
This new report doesn’t really come as a big surprise to us. Samsung is known to use their absolute best and fastest chipsets in their Note range of phablets. What happens if their own chipset isn’t the fastest? They use a rival company’s product, in this case being the Snapdragon 800. Coming back to why this doesn’t come as a big surprise to us, Samsung has already been using Qualcomm’s products (namely the Snapdragon 600) in their flagship Galaxy S4 smartphone. In fact, a report claimed that over 90% of the Galaxy S4 handsets had a Qualcomm inside rather than the much hyped octa-core Exynos chipset; the real reason behind this being the acute shortage of usable Exynos chips. Samsung is simply not able to keep up with the demand for the product. Additionally, the company is simply not able to manufacture large quantities of this rather complex (world’s first ARM big.LITTLE design implementation) chip which is why 90% of Galaxy S4 handsets have a Qualcomm chip inside them.
Another rather important reason for the use of Qualcomm’s chipset is the support for LTE networks. US residents are rather picky when it comes to handsets, and they simply reject one if it doesn’t support the ultra-fast LTE bands. Here’s where a Qualcomm chipset shows it strengths, supporting LTE basebands of all major US carriers.
Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 is an absolute beast. Based on the Krait 400 CPU architecture, the quad core CPU can deliver up to a 10% faster performance than the competition when clocked as high as 2.3 GHz. The new Adreno 330 GPU will bring a near 50% increase in performance over the previous generation Adreno 320 GPU. The SoC also supports 4K video recording and playback.
The Galaxy Note III is alleged to pack a 5.99 inch 1080p Super AMOLED panel, along with (over) 2 GB of RAM and a 13 MP rear camera, most probably a Sony sensor. We fully expect Samsung to unveil their beast at IFA Berlin this September.
Source: ZDNet Korea