June 21, 2012Francisco Cheng
Two phones that look exactly alike may not always be the same. We know—it’s confusing. It happened with the HTC One X, where there is an international version and a U.S version that are identical in looks, but run on different processors.
There’s also the Galaxy S III, Samsung’s flagship handset that looks to set the bar for high-end Android smartphones this year. But like HTC One X, there are different variants of this handset, including one only available in North America that houses a Snapdragon™ S4 processor.
There are plenty of good reasons why Samsung decided to go with a Snapdragon S4 processor. The S4 features dual-core CPUs and has shown over and over again that it can win benchmarks against its competitors, including those with a quad-core CPUs. It also takes a powerful processor to drive its 4.8-inch (1,280-by-720) Super AMOLED screen and full 8 Megapixel camera. But perhaps the biggest advantage of a Snapdragon S4 processor – the one that serious web users care about most – is the integration of a modem providing high speed 4G LTE and HSPA+ data.
Today, the Snapdragon S4 is the only commercially available processor that has the LTE modem integrated into the processor, making it a single chip design instead of two, which translates to better power efficiency and more battery life. The exclusion of LTE is also what’s kept the international versions of the HTC One X and Samsung Galaxy S III—with other chipsets—from entering the U.S market.
So, if you ever come across two different versions of the same-looking phone, find out what’s inside. Make sure it has the Snapdragon S4 processor and its integrated 4G LTE and HSPA+ modem.
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