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Rumors of a special Korea-only version of the Galaxy S III stem back to a report from The Korea Times just over a month ago. Since then, things have been pretty quiet -- international markets have gotten the quad-core HSPA+ version, while LTE territories have received the dual-core Snapdragon S4 model. Now a leaked internal image from Korean carrier SK Telecom suggests the reports may be true, and that Samsung's home territory may end up with an S III variant sporting a quad-core CPU, 2GB of RAM.

The image obtained by PhoneArena​ lists the following specs for the rumored device --

  • Quad-core Samsung Exynos 4412 with CPU clocked @ 1.4GHz
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 4.8-inch Super AMOLED HD screen
  • 4.82 ounces (136.5 grams)
  • 0.35 inches (9mm)

Eagle-eyed readers will note that's a little thicker and a little heaver than the international HSPA+ version, so it could well be the case that we're dealing with a whole new device here, rather than a typo or error on the carrier's part. No word on LTE connectivity yet, though Exynos 4's lack of built-in LTE would make this unlikely. In any case, we'll be watching with interest (and maybe a little bit of envy) to see whether Korea does eventually get the best of both worlds with its version of the Galaxy S III.

Source: PhoneArena


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SK Telecom leak suggests quad-core, 2GB Galaxy S III may be Korea-bound


It says LTE at the top of the leaked pic.

"No word on LTE connectivity yet, though Exynos 4's lack of built-in LTE would make this unlikely."

Maybe Korean bands are different, and Samsung used separate radios like in the Nexus. Samsung has had LTE Korean models without using a Snapdragon SoC.

exynos works with koreas lte band which are not the same as the US lte band...i think this is a sure thing

Damn, I want that beast. Please take my money, where can I get my hands on one of those bad mofo's. I have to have the best device out there, I admit I have a decease. The Android Monster has got me and will not let go. I have to have that phone. Korea Airlines, One way please, Will not return to Mother Land USA until I get my hands on that beast.

i'm not sure if that's really great though. that will probably kill the battery faster and the phone is now thicker and heavier.
Samsung is notorious for shortchanging their own korean customers in korea. i think koreans are just lab rats for samsung for this model (i lived in korea).