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Discussion in 'Android News' started by dgstorm, May 31, 2012.
RAM is super cheap right now. So, it's kind of a whatever move for Samsung. Ultimately, it's not that big of a deal.
You could still have an exynos CPU and LTE. The LTE radio just wouldn't be part of the SoC. So there would be bulk to the phone. Which as we know is a no no.
Well think of it this way right now the dual core is car that can go 75 mph an the front side bus is the speed limit which i would assume is slower than the processor most smart phones are an the ram is the freeway. so yes we have a really fast car an yes we have a freeway that is wide enough to support more cars (ie. Data) with the 2 gigs of ram which i personally believe is the perfect amount for dual an quad cores way to much for single cores.
But when we start getting into cpus of higher computing power or more cores which will probably be awhile before we see one in a smartphone then 2 gigs of ram comes into question what they need to focus on is the fronside bus speed no one really ever looks at that. they only look at the cpu an ram well people ur device is only as fast as ur front side bus.
so unless u upgrade the frontside bus ur phone will only get incremental improvements as u upgrade the cpu an ram an can also be more prone to data congestion cuz unless u increase the frontside bus u have to keep adding ram to offset the congestion an u keep adding higher end cpus to increase the speed where the frontside bus is limiting u an causing the problem
More RAM will also drain the battery quicker. Unused RAM is wasted RAM because RAM uses power whether in use or not in use. Battery life is one of the few things we still have to complain about with our smartphones. If people keep buying these phones simply because of the hardware improvements, battery life won't get addressed for some time.
Why my dual-core S4 is as good as your quad-core | Android Central
The S4 krait that will most likely be in the us sgs3 is right up there with the quad core. The s4 uses a15 cores whereas the exynos uses outdated a9 cores. Don't get me wrong, the exynos is a beast and will probably be a bit more future proof when apps/games become quad-core optimized, but overall the s4 is almost equal in terms of everything else. The a15 cores are also more efficient which probably allow it to use 2gig ram without sacrificing battery life.
If you feel so stronly about the quad core thing, buy the Euro version of the GS3 and run it on AT&Ts HSPA+ network. Supposedly, you can even get away with running it off of an AT&T "medianet" data plan with HSPA+ speeds for only $15/month, which is an "unlimited" data plan for dumb phones. It might cost you about $700-800 however, but if youre forced to get this out of contract with Verizon bc of you want to keep unlimited data, the difference may only be $100 or so.
No, that was the HTC One X. And that phone, just like the SIII, substituted a dual-core processor on the LTE versions of the phone.
Honestly, in regular, everyday use, you won't see a huge difference between the two processors. And to me, LTE is infinitely more important than a quad-core processor that will show no noticeable difference in 9 out of 10 tasks.
It's not going to be that drastic. Probably not even that noticeable at all.
The S4 is a better chip and outperforms in most tasks over the Tegra quad core processor, plus Qualcomm and their LTE chips WORK, and later this year the S4 Krait will be quad core also, in all honesty, do you really need a quad core processor in a smartphone. And Exynox is not comapible with LTE, Samsung and Nvidia are a bit behind the LTE front.
the way i like to think about it is this. The dual core is souped up to do do 75mph and the quad core stock does 75mph. It makes me feel the dual core would definitely use more battery than the quad would. Plus you have more room on the quad for expanding or later on when people want to overclock it or whatever they do, than the dual core would. Dunno it just sucks why they cant just make one phone, one spec and done. If they knew quad wouldnt work with LTE they shoulda waited a bit and gone with the qualcom quad.
I agree with this perspective. It seems silly to me that NVIDIA and Samsung would release a chip that is incompatibile with the current big tech push (LTE) in the industry right now. They shoulda finished baking the cake before they served it for dessert.