Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S3 smartphone, the successor to the Galaxy S2, also known as the “iPhone killer,” is expected to include a quad-core processor.
More specifically, Samsung is believed to be working on developing a new quad-core chip that will be used to power the Galaxy S3.
The Galaxy S3 is expected to be unveiled at "Mobile World Congress" set to take place between Feb. 27 and March 1 in Barcelona, Spain.
The new quad-core chip will be marketed as the Exynos 4412, according to website PocketNow.
Samsung just released the 32-nanomenter Exynos 4212 chips that have a dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 processing core clocked at 1.5GHz and ARM’s quad-core Mali-400 GPU.
Apple is also expected to be producing a quad-core processing chip with the A6, a successor to the A5 that is currently used to run the iPad 2 and the iPhone 4S.
Another device currently running on a quad-core processor is the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime that uses Nvidia’s Tegra 3 silicon chip.
The ASUS PadPhone is also supposed to run with the same processor.
The HTC Zeta smartphone will debut yet another quad-core processing chip called the 2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon.
Technology website 9to5 Google predicted that Samsung’s new chip and the Snapdragon will end up competing closely against each other.
For graphics, the Tegra 3 chip employs Nvidia’s GeForce graphics processor, and Apple’s A6 could end up using Imagination Technologies’ next-generation PowerVR GPU.
Exynos has a chance of using the recently introduced Mali-T658 graphics unit that is said to deliver 10 times the graphics performance of the Mali 400 GPU and four times the GPU compute performance of the Mali-T604 GPU.
The current Galaxy S2 uses a 1.5GHz dual-core processor. The iPhone 4S runs an 800 MHz dual-core processor.
Both devices run extremely fast, so with quad-core technology, the possibilities seem endless.